The Rise of Billy Strings



It was 2014. It was a Thursday morning, if I remember correctly, and Billy Strings and his friend Don Julin were stopping by the Colorado Daily newsroom to record some tracks for our live music session videos. Second Story Garage.


I was the sound engineer and producer of the growing music video series, an exciting project that we started in 2012, just outside the newsroom. After dozens of sessions, we started to be known in the bluegrass scene as THE place to hang out for YouTube if you’re in Colorado. A recording technique I developed to satisfy YouTube medium with just the right amount of bluegrass centered sound was catching fire with local and far groups, and my partner’s vivid, multi-camera shot. Paul Aiken on the events had our opinions growing month by month.

Was this boasting humble enough? Hopefully not. In 2014, in the bluegrass genre alone, we had recorded Greensky Bluegrass, The Deadly Gentlemen, Grammy-winning bluegrass band John Jorgenson, the Whiskey Shivers and most local bands like The Railsplitters and Gypsy Moon, and many more. others that I no longer remember. From the top of my head. We continued the following years with videos from greats like Yonder Mountain, Cornmeal, Jeff Austin, Larry Keel and so on.

But in 2014, a name like Billy Strings attached to an unrecognizable face with a big smile and an even bigger guitar caught our attention. A pretty bold name, I thought, as I got ready for the session, but I liked it. I liked the laid back, confident energy of this guy as he focused on staying in the zone before riding.

If you are looking for “Garage on the second floor of Billy Strings”On YouTube you will see what happened next. Start with “Little Maggie” which is the track we started with. By Billy’s third word, we knew something special was happening. You will see what I mean.

Well, it’s been fun watching Billy rise to the top, and these days he’s a household name for followers of the bluegrass, folk, and jam genres. His willingness to tour extended – in support and headlining – and to collaborate or sit down with anyone, anytime, anywhere means that his immense talent is seen by so many. people as possible.

Want to see a great collaboration from him? To look for “Phoffman Beck Quartet“on YouTube. Neither the stage nor the fact that it is not in the band’s title can contain the Billy Strings. His energy shatters the seams of these videos, which respectively feature the singer / mandolinist and the Greensky Bluegrass dobro players, Paul Hoffman and Anders Beck, as well as Dawg’s own son, Sam Grisman on bass.

In any event. I’m just trying to get you excited for a guy who’s leading a revival of old-school acoustic music, and whose band just released a new album. Spice up your weekend with the energetic styles of the past and future from Billy Strings and the band, and stream or download the new Home disc wherever music is available.


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