Billy Strings

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The sad passing on October 12 of Andy Goessling, founding member of Railroad Earth, the ongoing host band for the Hangtown Music Festival (Oct. 25-28), was a unifying thread at this year’s fest, prompting outspoken love, respect, and admiration. In the end, the shared loss sparked a like-minded cause for life celebration and a shared process of moving forward amid a backdrop of fabulous music, Halloween costumes, and community.

Cellarmaker Brewing Company out of San Francisco has built a stellar reputation for their consistent artisanal brews. As evidenced from their fifth-anniversary celebration hosted at Great American Music Hall last Saturday night, they sure know how to treat their community. Foremost the evening’s entertainment was a fine progressive bluegrass lineup of Billy Strings with Cold and in the Bay supporting.

Grateful Web recently had the opportunity to sit down with bluegrass guitar virtuoso Billy Strings. He began putting in his time as a boy, never putting that guitar down or giving up when it got tough. His father and community fostered the bluegrass and folk spirit that runs through his veins. But Billy Strings is not your grandpappy's bluegrass band.

A story with a head wound is always a good story. This story has a head wound. But it's not the best part of the story. This story is about music. Music at Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival. You'll notice I omitted the. It's not The Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival. It’s Grey Fox. We’ll get to that just like we’ll get to the head wound. But first, music. After all, that’s why we travel to the Catskills every year. But why this music? What about this music sets it apart? Truth be told, bluegrass can feel so rigid.

The rivers are full. The leaves are green. The sun is working hard to make each day longer. The only thing missing? Grey Fox! The premiere bluegrass festival of the summer is returning to The Walsh Farm in the sleepy Catskill town of Oak Hill, NY this July 19th through the 22nd. This year’s lineup will help any jamband fan to recognize our scene’s roots in bluegrass.

MOKB Presents has announced details and the lineup for the inaugural two-day music event Holler On The Hill that is set to take place on Saturday and Sunday, September 22-23 in Indianapolis at historic Garfield Park. The event will feature headlining performances by critically acclaimed six-piece soul outfit St. Paul & The Broken Bones and emerging indie-rock band Moon Taxi plus over 30 national, regional, and local performers.

Jay Goldberg Events & Entertainment in association with the Illinois Blues Coalition is proud to announce the initial lineup for the 30th Annual Peoria Blues & Heritage Music Festival this Labor Day Weekend! The 2018 lineup will feature PBHFest veterans Buddy Guy, Robert Cray Band, and The Fabulous Thunderbirds, as well as welcoming first time performers Ben Folds and Billy Strings. Many more artists will be announced soon!

Billy Strings plays hard and he lives hard, picking so fast and intensely that he’s known to break multiple strings per song, and basing the songs he writes on the hard lives he grew up around in the abandoned rural communities of America. His new album, Turmoil & Tinfoil, taps into a deep vein of psychedelia in Americana, referencing everything from the Dead to Sturgill Simpson, but all underlaid by Billy’s undeniable virtuosity and his knowledge of the roots of American music.

This summer, the Granada Theater presents #LiveOnMass, a free, outdoor concert series on the 1000 block of Massachusetts Street in Lawrence, Kansas. Catch performances by The Wailers on Friday, June 29th and Split Lip Rayfield on Tuesday, July 3rd.

Friday, June 29th - THE WAILERS with special guests Ras Neville & The Kingstonians, 77 Jefferson, and TopRanx Soundsystem

Today, Breckenridge Brewery announced the lineup for its 28th Anniversary Hootenanny featuring: Mike Gordon, Hard Working Americans, Billy Strings, Drew Emmitt/Andy Thorn & Friends (Eddie Roberts of The New Mastersounds, Daniel Rodriguez and Dango Rose of Elephant Revival, and Joe Lessard of Head for the Hills), The Sweet Lillies, The Teskey Brothers, Coral Creek, Woodshed Red, and Brothers of Brass.

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