Strings urges "Renewal"
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Strings urges "Renewal"

Friday, July 30, 2021 – High voltage bluegrass guitarist " Renewal," on Sept. 24 via Rounder Records.

Strings, who is also touring this fall, released the song "Fire Line" from the disc today.

Produced by Jonathan Wilson (Conor Oberst, Roger Waters, Father John Misty) and recorded at Nashville's Sound Emporium Studios, "Renewal" contains 16 tracks.

"A lot of people call us a bluegrass band, and I don't even know if that's what we are anymore. You've got to let the song do its thing. So that's what I try to do - write songs and let them come out however they do. I listen to it now, and it's emotional. I've always doubted myself, and I still do, but this album makes me think, 'Hey, you're doing all right, kid. You just need to keep going.'"

In addition to Strings (vocals, guitar, mandolin, piano, synth, guitjo) and Wilson (celesta, percussion, harpsicord), the record features Strings' band — Billy Failing (banjo, piano, background vocals), Royal Masat (bass, background vocals) and Jarrod Walker (mandolin, guitar, background vocals) plus guest musicians Spencer Cullum (pedal steel), John Mailander (violin) and Grant Millikem (synth).

Strings won Best Bluegrass Album at the 63rd GRAMMY Awards for his 2019 record, "Home

Michigan-born and now Nashville-based, Strings is nominated for Artist of the Year at the 2021 Americana Music Association Honors & Awards and won Guitar Player of the Year and New Artist of the Year at the 2019 International Bluegrass Music Awards.

The track list is:
1. Know It All
2. Secrets
3. Love and Regret
4. Heartbeat of America
5. In The Morning Light
6. This Old World
7. Show Me The Door
8. Hellbender
9. Red Daisy
10. The Fire On My Tongue
11. Nothing's Working
12. Hide and Seek
13. Ice Bridges
14. Fire Line
15. Running The Route
16. Leaders

Tour dates are:
July 30—Lafayette, NY—Apple Valley Park (SOLD OUT)
July 31-Aug. 1—Gilford, NH—Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion
Aug. 3—Essex Junction, VT—Ben & Jerry's Concerts on the Midway Lawn
Aug. 5—Asbury Park, NJ—Stone Pony Summer Stage (SOLD OUT)
Aug. 6-7—New Haven, CT—Westville Music Bowl
Aug. 8—Marshfield, MA—Levitate Music and Arts Festival
Aug. 11—Pittsburgh, PA—Stage AE
Aug. 13-14—Wellston, MI—Hoxeyville 2021
Aug. 20—Chillicothe, IL—Summer Camp Music Festival
Aug. 21—Indianapolis, IN—MacAllister Amphitheater at Garfield Park (SOLD OUT)
Aug. 28—Lexington, KY—Railbird Music Festival
Sept. 3-4—Las Vegas, NV—Event Lawn at Virgin Hotels Las Vegas
Sept. 8—Los Angeles, CA—The Belasco (SOLD OUT)
Sept. 9—Oakland, CA—Fox Theater
Sept. 10—Oakland, CA—Fox Theater (SOLD OUT)
Sept. 11-12—Stateline, NV—Montbleu Resort & Casino (SOLD OUT)
Sept. 16—Spokane, WA—Spokane Pavilion at Riverfront
Sept. 17—Portland, OR—McMenamins Edgefield Amphitheater (SOLD OUT)
Sept. 18—Seattle, WA—King County's Marymoor Park
Sept. 19—Missoula, MT—KettleHouse Amphitheater (SOLD OUT)
Sept. 22—Salt Lake City, UT—Red Butte Garden Amphitheatre (SOLD OUT)
Sept. 28—Wichita, KS—Wave
Sept. 29—Oklahoma City, OK—The Jones Assembly (SOLD OUT)
Oct. 1—Memphis, TN—Mempho Music Fest
Oct. 2—Bentonville, AR—Freshgrass Festival
Oct. 14-17—Denver, CO—Mission Ballroom (SOLD OUT)
Oct. 29-30—Asheville, NC— Arena (SOLD OUT)
Oct. 31—Asheville, NC— Arena (SOLD OUT)
Nov. 3—Milwaukee, WI—The Riverside Theater (SOLD OUT)
Nov. 4-5—Minneapolis, MN—The Palace Theatre
Nov. 6—Chicago, IL—Byline Bank Aragon Ballroom (SOLD OUT)
Nov. 10-11—Philadelphia, PA—The Fillmore
Nov. 12—Richmond, VA—Virginia Credit Union Live
Nov. 13—Washington, DC—The Anthem (SOLD OUT)
Nov. 15-16—Portland, ME—State Theatre
Nov. 17—Boston, MA—Boch Center Wang Theatre
Nov. 19—Wilkes-Barre, PA—Mohegan Sun Arena
Nov. 20-21—Detroit, MI—The Fillmore
Nov. 30-Dec. 1 —New Orleans, LA—The Civic Theater (SOLD OUT)
Dec. 2—Houston, TX—White Oak Music Hall (SOLD OUT)
Dec. 3—Austin, TX—ACL Live at The Moody Theater (SOLD OUT)
Dec. 4—Dallas, TX—The Factory in Deep Ellum (SOLD OUT)
Dec. 9-12—Atlanta, GA—The Easter

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CD review - Renewal It's just like Billy Strings to have a song title that reads like a heavy metal track ("Hellbender") for a tune that sounds like traditional bluegrass music. When it comes to creating music, though, the phrase, 'It's all good,' actually applies to Strings – for once. "Renewal" is over an hour of music, and is (mostly) bluegrass – at heart – but not just bluegrass music. "Hide And Seek" is one of the most complicated recordings, ...
CD review - Home As befits the reigning IBMA Guitar Player of the Year, Billy Strings' second full release, "Home" displays his guitar-playing range. But, there is much more to the fellow that rages through live shows, and those qualities are displayed on "Home." Strings (born William Apostol) lives up to his nom de guerre. Electric, acoustic 6- or 12-string guitar provide the ingredients for his work, and his guitar work is mostly, although not always, delivered at a breakneck tempo, ...
CD review - Turmoil & Tinfoil Billy Strings. It takes a lot of nerve to adopt such a nom de plume (in this case nom de guerre might be more appropriate) in the bluegrass world, but Billy Strings is up to the challenge, and more. Strings (real name William Apostol) grew up in Michigan, surrounded by musicians. A fourth-generation picker, he lives up to his name. Preternaturally talented, Strings embraces bluegrass instrumentation, but brings a powerful energy to his music. He's one of those musicians who packs a fuse and ...

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