I don’t know what normal is anymore. So, I am still a little dumbfounded when people say we are getting back to normal. Or, their slightly more pessimistic counterparts, who assure me that this is the new normal. Tuesday night, seeing Billy Strings play at The Champlain Valley Expo outside of Burlington, VT felt like it landed right between those two paradigms; seizing on the optimistic return to what was, and infecting what is with that same sense of buoyancy.
Bluegrass guitar virtuoso Billy Strings has been one of the hottest artists in both the bluegrass and jam band communities since prior to the covid-19 pandemic. In addition to winning a Grammy in 2019, he has continued to build a dedicated following by releasing new songs as well as live streams to audiences that were stuck at home. On September 24th, 2021, his new album Renewal will be released.
They nearly always come back. All the people that leave bluegrass. I had a strong feeling that I’d be coming back as well. My Bluegrass Heart is my first bluegrass record in over 20 years. It comes out September 10th but you can hear Charm School (featuring Billy Strings on guitar and Chris Thile on mandolin) right now.
Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter and musician Billy Strings will perform a series of shows this June as part of his newly confirmed “Summer Solstice Tour” with stops at Schaumburg, IL’s Wintrust Field (June 11-12), Oshkosh, WI’s Ford Park Live (June 18-19) and Thornville, OH’s Legend Valley (June 25-26). Tickets for the tour go on-sale this Friday, May 7—full details can be found at billystrings.com/tour.
Last night, Jamgrass Billy Strings concluded his 2021 Spring Tour last night with the third and final show of a three-night run at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Alabama. Enhancing the experience of the tour’s final leg for all was an announcement.
In celebration of a landmark year of performances, Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter and musician Billy Strings will livestream the final three dates of his spring tour this weekend—April 9-11 at Mobile, AL’s Ladd-Peebles Stadium. Tickets for the livestreams, which will broadcast via nugs.net, are on-sale now with a selection of purchase options, including a special bundle with access to all three shows.
As the week winds to a close, we are reflecting back with some thoughts about the undoubtedly historic run of musical performances that just occurred this past week at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY: Billy Strings’ “The Deja Vu Experiments,” which saw the bluegrass guitarist and his quartet play six consecutive shows at the rock palace, live-streamed to what was reported as over 30,000 viewers tuning in.