Billy Strings

  • bluegrass
  • psychedelic
  • jam

Billy Strings has been hailed as the future of bluegrass, transcending tradition and genre with his high velocity, flat-picking guitar technique and intense, confessional songwriting. HOME, Strings’ remarkable second studio album, is undoubtedly the Michigan-born, Nashville-based artist’s bravest excursion thus far, completely rewiring bluegrass with elements of punk, country, folk rock, and genuine psychedelic exploration to fashion something altogether his own. Strings has infused the

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REVIEW: Billy Strings at The Andrew J Brady Music Center 

This past weekend Strings and his band stopped through Cincinnati for a two-night sold-out run at the Andrew J Brady Music Center. CincyMusic got to check out the Friday night show, which left fans buzzing and eager for a second dose on Saturday.

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Railbird is BACK at Keeneland 

Railbird is racing back to live music with the 2021 Railbird Lineup!

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Tom Jenkins Best of 2019 

In a decade that changed music so much it’s hard to discuss what was the most important music of the past 10 years. From the psychedelic juggernaut Tame Impala taking over the charts, to the affirmation of Kendrick Lamar’s genius, to the return of Outlaw Country, to women like Courtney Barnett, Phoebe Bridgers, and the supergroup boygenius taking over rock music. 

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Billy Strings and More Shine at Whimmydiddle in Hamilton 

Hamilton’s Whimmydiddle Country Music Festival returned this past weekend, bringing a 2-day ticketed event to the downtown RiversEdge Amphitheater. Similarly, to last year’s inaugural offering, the event went beyond the typical idea of country music with a more diverse than expected musical lineup throughout the day on Friday and Saturday.

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Take a Festivacation at 4848 Festival in West Virginia 

The 4848 Festival will take place July 11-13 in Snowshoe Village, a resort town situated 4,848 feet above the clear lakes and lush valleys of the West Virginia Appalachia.

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Review: Billy Strings at SGHR 

Billy Strings brought his psychedelic-tinged bluegrass troupe back to the Southgate House Revival this past Thursday night.

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Billy Strings Returns to SGHR on Thursday 

Billy Strings makes his much anticipated return to the The Southgate House Revival on Thursday night.

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Review: Billy Strings at the SGHR 

Billy Strings brought his barn-burning bluegrass show through the SGHR on Tuesday night. Billy (William Apostol) with bandmates Billy Failing (banjo), Jarrod Walker (Mandolin) and Royal Masat (bass) have perfected a special kind of bluegrass that is at times more traditional than the typical modern “jamgrass” bands on the scene while still reaching peak moments of psychedelic improvisation that make even veteran bluegrass bands blush.

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Billy Strings Bringing High-Energy Bluegrass to SGHR on April 24 

I got the chance to meet Billy Strings (William Apostol) and talk to him about his psychedelic-tinged bluegrass band’s upcoming April 24 show at the SGHR while backstage at the Columbus BrewGrass Festival in early March. Billy Strings had just finished a tour opening for bluegrass heavy hitters Greensky Bluegrass, and I was curious whether the band had a different mindset when opening vs. the headlining tour that is coming through the SGHR.