Produced by Jonathan Wilson (Conor Oberst, Roger Waters, Father John Misty) and recorded at Nashville’s Sound Emporium Studios, Renewal solidifies Strings’ position as a singular artist—one who honors the history of the music that inspires him, while continually pushing it forward. With the record’s sixteen tracks, Strings shares a more personal and honest perspective through his songwriting, while incorporating his wide range of influences with elements of bluegrass, classic rock, metal, psychedelic music and more. In celebration of the release, the official music video for Strings’ new song, “Heartbeat of America,” is debuting today. Watch/share HERE.
Known for his electric live performances, Strings will continue to tour through the end of the year including upcoming stops at Minneapolis’ The Palace Theatre (two nights, both sold out), Philadelphia’s The Fillmore (two nights), Detroit’s The Fillmore (two nights, one sold out), Atlanta’s The Eastern (four nights, two sold out), Nashville’s Marathon Music Works (two nights, both sold out) and Grand Rapids’ GTC Live at 20 Monroe (three nights, one sold out) as well as two special album release shows this weekend at Buena Vista, CO’s The Meadows on September 24-25 (both sold-out). See below for the complete itinerary.
Reflecting on the record, Strings shares, “I listen to this album now and it’s emotional. I could sit there and tweak it forever, but there’s a point where it’s like building a house of cards. Yeah, I could add an extra tower on top, but it might collapse. I’ve always doubted myself, and I still do, but this album makes me think, ‘Hey, you’re doing all right, kid. You just need to keep going.’”
In addition to Strings (vocals, guitar, mandolin, piano, synth, guitjo) and Wilson (celesta, percussion, harpsicord), the record features Strings’ band—Billy Failing (banjo, piano, background vocals), Royal Masat (bass, background vocals) and Jarrod Walker (mandolin, guitar, background vocals)—as well as special guest musicians Spencer Cullum (pedal steel), John Mailander (violin) and Grant Millikem (synth).