Billy Strings, who has been hailed as the future of bluegrass, transcending tradition and genre with his high velocity, flat-picking guitar technique and intense, confessional songwriting, will continue his ambitious live streaming/virtual touring project “STREAMING STRINGS 2020” which kicked off on July 16 at Nashville’s Brooklyn Bowl. In its entirety, the tour will span across five iconic Nashville venues totaling nine live-streamed shows. So far, each show has had special guest appearances including Marcus King, Molly Tuttle, Sierra Hull, and Bryan Sutton.
Earlier this year Strings received a round of award nominations from the International Bluegrass Music Association as well as the Americana Music Association. Four IBMA nominations include Entertainer of the Year and Album of the Year, Instrumental Recording of the Year, and Guitar Player of the Year. AMA nominated Strings for Emerging Act of the Year.
STREAMING STRINGS 2020 TOUR DATES
Thu – 7/16/20 Brooklyn Bowl (Streamed live via FANS) – special guest Marcus King
Fri – 7/17/20 Brooklyn Bowl (Streamed live via FANS) – special guest Molly Tuttle
Sat – 7/18/20 Station Inn (Streamed live via Station Inn TV) – special guest Sierra Hull
Sun – 7/19/20 Station Inn (Streamed live via Station Inn TV) – special guest Bryan Sutton
Wed – 7/22/20 City Winery (Streamed live via Nugs TV)
Thu – 7/23/20 City Winery (Streamed live via Nugs TV)
Fri – 7/24/20 Exit/In (Streamed live via TourGigs)
Sat – 7/25/20 Exit/In (Streamed live via TourGigs)
Sun -7/26/20 3rd & Lindsley (Streamed live via Nugs TV)
Billy Strings aims to create a shared experience for fans around the world with the STREAMING STRINGS 2020 TOUR and hopes that the joys of music, community, and connection will continue to thrive, even amid trying times.
A portion of all proceeds will be equally divided and donated to several charity partners:
NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund
Strings released his second full-length studio album HOME in September of 2019 via Rounder Records.
Associated Press says “Billy Strings can do it all” and the Nashville Scene called Strings a “topflight ’grasser and rocker” while Rolling Stone praised Strings saying, “to some, the 27-year-old represents a breakaway from traditional acoustic music. But with his fresh, exploratory approach to bluegrass, folk, and country, he also symbolizes the evolution of the genre.”
But it’s the live show experience that has been the secret sauce for Billy Strings and his band.
As Saving Country Music noted in a recent feature, “Billy Strings is arguably best musician you will witness live in our generation, with no hyperbole peppering that proclamation, or any of the others previous.”
Strings’ music transcends tradition and genre and he is reshaping bluegrass into his own exceptional form. He is completely rewiring the aesthetic with elements of punk, country, folk-rock, and genuine psychedelic exploration to fashion something altogether original and all his own.