The first time I heard the words Billy and Strings in the same sentence I was bit confused. My friend Michelle told me Billy Strings was playing at the Mishawaka Amphitheatre in Fort Collins, Colorado. I said ‘Boy, with a name like that this cat better be good, that's a lot of pressure!’ Well, several years have passed since then and Billy has proven to the world that he is deserving of the nick-name Billy Strings, his aunt gave him the when she first saw his musical abilities on multiple traditional bluegrass instruments.
Award-winning singer, songwriter and musician Billy Strings will continue his extensive headline tour through this summer with newly confirmed shows at New York’s The Rooftop at Pier 17, Baltimore’s Pier Six Pavilion (two nights), Louisville’s Iroquois Amphitheater (three nights), Indianapolis’ TCU Amphitheater at White River State Park (two nights), Minneapolis’ Surly Brewing Festival Field and Portland’s McMenamins Edgefield (two nights) among many others.
Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter, performer and musician Billy Strings will continue his extensive headline tour next year with newly confirmed shows at Port Chester’s The Capitol Theatre (four nights), Augusta’s Bell Auditorium (two nights), Knoxville’s Civic Auditorium (two nights), Madison’s The Sylvee (three nights), Cleveland’s KeyBank State Theatre and Cincinnati’s Andrew J Brady ICON Music Center (two nights) among many others. See below for complete tour itinerary.
I don’t know what normal is anymore. So, I am still a little dumbfounded when people say we are getting back to normal. Or, their slightly more pessimistic counterparts, who assure me that this is the new normal. Tuesday night, seeing Billy Strings play at The Champlain Valley Expo outside of Burlington, VT felt like it landed right between those two paradigms; seizing on the optimistic return to what was, and infecting what is with that same sense of buoyancy.
Bluegrass guitar virtuoso Billy Strings has been one of the hottest artists in both the bluegrass and jam band communities since prior to the covid-19 pandemic. In addition to winning a Grammy in 2019, he has continued to build a dedicated following by releasing new songs as well as live streams to audiences that were stuck at home. On September 24th, 2021, his new album Renewal will be released.
They nearly always come back. All the people that leave bluegrass. I had a strong feeling that I’d be coming back as well. My Bluegrass Heart is my first bluegrass record in over 20 years. It comes out September 10th but you can hear Charm School (featuring Billy Strings on guitar and Chris Thile on mandolin) right now.