Billy Strings Information
Billy Strings is a bluegrass musician and guitarist. He was born on October 3, 1992, in Lansing, Michigan. His stepfather, Terry Barber, who was a picker in the Michigan bluegrass scene, taught him to play the guitar. He introduced him to the music of Del McCoury, Doc Watson, David Grisman, John Hartford, Bill Monroe, Earl Scruggs, Ralph Stanley, and Larry Sparks.
Local pickers were impressed with Strings' skills when he performed at a club called the Hayloft. Soon after that, in 2012, he found a mentor in Don Julin, who was a mandolin player and recorded a duo album with Strings called Rock of Ages. He released his debut LP album in 2017, entitled, “Turmoil and Tinfoil.” This album peaked at number three on the Billboard Bluegrass charts.
Over the years, Strings has performed at many festivals including Aiken Bluegrass Festival, High Sierra Music Festival, Merlefest, Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Pickathon, John Hartford Memorial Festival, Blue Ox, Grey Fox, Red Wing Roots Music Festival, Appaloosa Music Festival, Makers Trail Festival, Rooster Walk, Bristol Rhythm & Roots, French Broad River Festival, and the All Good Presents 4848 Festival. In 2018, he played more than 200 shows. He had the honor of being invited to perform at "Bluegrass Underground," the famous PBS-sponsored event.
Billy Strings is a prolific performer and has performed onstage with many performers, including Larry Keel, Del McCoury, Leftover Salmon, Dierks Bentley, David Grisman, Sam Bush, Widespread Panic, The Infamous Stringdusters, The Marcus King Band, The String Cheese Incident, and Greensky Bluegrass.
Strings were named by Rolling Stones as one of the Top Ten New Country Artists to Know in 2017. He won the 2016 Momentum Award for Instrumentalist of the year by the International Bluegrass Music Association. He was named a scene tastemaker in 2016 by Bluegrass Situation.
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