In Episode 15 Eric talks to bluegrass sensation Billy Strings, whose hard-playing style and high-energy live shows are introducing bluegrass to all types of new fans. The two first met at the RoosterWalk Festival in 2017, when a storm prevented Eric's band from showing up and Billy's band sat in at the last minute. They've been friends ever since, and in those years Billy Strings has gone from releasing his first EP to selling out theaters across the country.
Billy tells Eric about being a young kid and playing music with his father, the gifted picker Terry Barber, as the genesis of his lifelong passion, and what it was like to perform at The Ryman Auditorium with his dad and Del McCoury. They discuss the bluegrass revival of the last decade, Billy's heavy metal roots, the electric guitar Billy's grandpa made in jail in 1961 that Billy still performs with, and a lot more.
Check out Billy Strings "Streaming Strings Tour", which features 9 nights of concerts live streamed from 5 different venues around Nashville, July 16-26th.
And please check out the podcast Festival Circuit: New Orleans, a new podcast about the music of New Orleans and the jazz fest from Osiris Media.
Eric Krasno Plus One is presented by Osiris Media. All original music by Eric Krasno. Executive Producers are RJ Bee and Christina Collins. Audio Production by Matt Dwyer. Produced by Ben Baruch of 11E1even Group.
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