BILLY STRINGS

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Michigan-born and now Nashville-based, Billy Strings is a GRAMMY Award-winning singer, songwriter and musician, who arrived on the scene as “one of string music’s most dynamic young stars” (Rolling Stone). Strings is in the midst of a triumphant year after winning Best Bluegrass Album at the 63rd GRAMMY Awards for his critically acclaimed record, Home. Produced by Glenn Brown, the record also led Strings to top Billboard’s 2020 year-end charts in both Bluegrass categories—Top Bluegrass Artists and Top Bluegrass Albums—and continues to receive widespread critical acclaim. Of the release, The Associated Press proclaims, “it is his creative musical storytelling, paired with solid vocals on Home that should seal the deal, pleasing fans of the genre and creating some new ones…the perfect blend of pure talent and pluck,” while The Wall Street Journal declares, “Billy Strings has clearly emerged as a premier guitar flatpicker of this era.” Since his debut, Strings has been awarded Guitar Player of the Year and New Artist of the Year at the 2019 International Bluegrass Music Awards, selected as one of Rolling Stone’s “New Country Artists to Know” and performed on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” and PBS’ “Bluegrass Underground.” Known for his electric live shows, Strings will continue his extensive headline tour throughout 2021 including upcoming shows in Los Angeles, Seattle, Chicago, Denver, Austin, Atlanta and Nashville among several others. 
 

Press Quotes

“The music will be characteristically transportive”
- The Oakland Press
“High-flying shows that meld his bluegrass upbringing with country music storytelling, psychedelic jams and, at times, a heavy metal intensity.” 
- Tennessean
“Bluegrass hero”
- Local Spins
“Strings released ‘Home’ last September, a Rounder Records debut that solidified his incomparable take on bluegrass — threading genre tradition with eight-minute kaleidoscopic jams and a folk-meets-punk ethos. ”
- Tennessean
“Strings’ out-of-this-world chops have made him a live draw, as have his marathon shows, which typically follow the two-set jam band mold and channel his eclectic musical interests.”
- Pollstar
“I want to chill like Billy Strings is chilling. The bluegrass all-star has a truly down-to-earth attitude about things.”
- NPR
“With his virtuosic guitar playing front and center, Strings fuses bluegrass to psych rock, country and jam music, without fussing over what bluegrass should be.”
- NPR
“He can still play in a straight-ahead bluegrass style, but he can also take that style on a wild detour.”
- American Songwriter
“Billy Strings is the future of bluegrass”
- American Songwriter
“One of bluegrass’s fastest rising stars” 
- Rolling Stone Country
“This ain’t your granddaddy's bluegrass!”
- The Austin Chronicle
“Billy Strings has clearly emerged as a premier guitar flatpicker of this era” 
- Wall Street Journal
"Few in modern bluegrass are going to such deep space frontiers." 
- No Depression
“The Past, Present and Future Of Bluegrass” 
- Nashville.com
“The cutting edge of flatpicking’s future” 
- The Bluegrass Situation
“Billy Strings can do it all” 
- Associated Press
“Psychedelic progressive bluegrass pioneer”
- Grateful Web