Live from the Chandelier Lobby
Nashville-based, bluegrass phenom, Billy Strings, will return to the F.M. Kirby Center on January 29 at 8:00 p.m. as part of the venue's "Live from the Chandelier Lobby" concert series sponsored by City Market and Café.
Tickets go on sale this Friday, November 10 at 10:00 a.m. and can be purchased at the F.M. Kirby Center box office, online at www.kirbycenter.org and charge by phone at (570) 826-1100.
Whether sharing stages with acoustic music royalty, crisscrossing the nation playing as a solo artist or performing high-energy, jaw-dropping sets at festivals, the reaction to Billy Strings tends to come in two varieties: “Who is this guy?” and “That kid can play!”
Raised in Michigan and based in Nashville, Strings — real name William Apostol — learned music from his father, who had learned it from his father, and his father before him. Maybe that’s why at 24, Strings’ songs, his articulation, his entire approach, sounds so authentic and steeped in tradition.
While Strings’ profile as a guitarist and singer in the acoustic/bluegrass scene continues to grow, he has already earned some landmark achievements.
He has been invited to play on stage with Del McCoury, David Grisman, Larry Keel, Sam Bush, Greensky Bluegrass, The Infamous Stringdusters, Leftover Salmon and more. He’s landed coveted slots at festivals like Pickathon, Merlefest, DelFest, High Sierra Music Festival, Grey Fox to name a few and he’s shared bills with popular touring acts Greensky Bluegrass, The Infamous Stringdusters, Yonder Mountain Stringband, Leftover Salmon, Cabinet and more.
And the industry has taken notice: Strings won the IBMA 2016 Momentum Awards Instrumentalist of the Year for guitar, banjo and mandolin and was voted #1 in, scene tastemaker, Bluegrass Situation’s Top 16 of ’16.
On September 22, Strings’ first full-length album, Turmoil & Tinfoil, was released to critical acclaim. While the album boasts his usual flare on the six-string, it also showcases Strings as a talented lyricist. On all 13 tracks, Strings explores his more psychedelic side, with spoken word and trippy lyrics intertwined with heartache, pain and, of course, turmoil.