Rolling Stone calls him a “Bluegrass Prodigy,” and he is coming to Dothan. His name is Billy Strings, and he’ll be at the Dothan Opera House on Nov. 13 at 8 p.m. Tickets are available for as little as $19, and they are well worth the price. He is a master of the flat-picked guitar and mandolin and will take you on a journey that spans everything from thrash metal to psychedelia to bluegrass. Come out and see the man who the International Bluegrass Music Association named Guitarist of the Year. You will be amazed by his stage presence and his amazing music.
Never heard of Billy Strings before? Get some details on this musician, and then make plans to go to the concert.
Psychedelic? Bluegrass? Thrash metal? Just who is this guy? He might be hard to pin into a specific genre, but you’ll like him if you’re a fan of the String Cheese Incident, Ralph Stanley, and Greensky Bluegrass.
Don’t know any of those bands? Well, as Strings describes it, there is a commonality between metal and bluegrass music. The actual chords played might be different, but they have a similar sound. He even compared fast banjo music to that of Slayer. If that sounds like music to your ears, you’ll love this guy.
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It Was a Long Way to the Top
How does one end up as the Guitarist of the Year? For Billy Strings, it was not an easy path. He was born and raised in Michigan, and his dad liked to play around with bluegrass music. He was an amateur picker, and he encouraged his son to take it up, as well. His father gave him his first guitar at the ripe age of 4, and he picked it up quickly. By the time he was in middle school, Strings was part of a metal band. Later, though, he remembered how much he loved the music he was raised on and paired up with another bluegrass musician to form a duo. Finally, though, he made it to Nashville and made his debut LP.
Oh, and here’s a cool fact about that debut. His dad has a cameo on it.
You might not be able to play the guitar like Billy Strings, but you can still look like a superstar when you drive around Alabama. All you need is a new vehicle from Gilland Ford in Ozark, Alabama, and you’ll be all set. Then you’ll turn some heads when you pull up at the concert.