Vintage Guitar - February 2018 - 102
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An online video
of Billy Strings has
him looking like he
just came from soccer practice, picking
with his father and singing a jarringly authentic
rendition of "Little Cabin Home On The
Hill." Or seek out his EP, where he does one
of the very best versions of the standard "Red
Rocking Chair." Then you can get an idea of,
to paraphrase Butch Cassidy And The Sundance
Kid, "Who is this guy?"
A fourth-generation musician, his realdeal vocals no doubt came naturally, and he
mastered bluegrass guitar - then went beyond.
So following two impressive CDs of bluegrass
standards with mandolinist Don Julin, his
current effort consists of a dozen originals, like
the extended title track, which takes bluegrass
down new roads without tearing up the map.
"Salty Sheep" - a sort of a deconstruction
"Red-Haired Boy" - is a guitar duet with Bryan
Sutton, while the opening "On The Line"
comes out of the blocks blazing.
His top-flight cast of pickers includes mandolinist Drew Matulich, bassist Brad Tucker,
fiddlers Shad Cobb and John Mailander, and
singer Molly Tuttle (a fine flatpicker herself).
Strings brings things full-circle with Dad
(Terry Barber) joining in on "These Memories
Of You" - not to be confused with banjoist Alan
O'Bryant's "Those Memories Of You." - DF
Billy Strings: Michael Weintrob.
Turmoil & Tinfoil