Billy Strings returned to Koka Booth Amphitheatre in Cary, NC on Friday for the second of three sold-out shows.

After kicking it in the parking lot with fans before the show on night one, Strings returned with his trusty band, comprised of Billy Failing (banjo), Royal Masat (bass), Alex Hargreaves (fiddle), and Jarrod Walker (mandolin), ready to throw down. The band stuck to a two-set format, with the first set led by “Long Forgotten Dream” and highlighted by a cover of “Sin City” by The Flying Burrito Brothers, played for the first time since 2021 and dedicated to Billy’s mother Deb, who was in the audience.

Billy Strings – “Long Forgotten Dream”, “The Cuckoo” (Traditional) – 7/14/23

The set also featured the band’s debut of “Durham’s Bull” by Buddy Durham and the return of “Nutshell” by Alice in Chains, which arrived directly before a set-closing “Cabin Song”.

Set two kicked off with fan favorite “Dust in a Baggie”, followed by Jeff Austin‘s “Fiddlin’ Around” and an emotional “While I’m Waiting Here”. The set continued with Johnny Horton’s “Ole Slew-Foot” and a string of crowd-pleasing originals including “Hellbender”, “Fire Line”, and “Running the Route”.

After rounding out the second set with a few more songs including Allen Reynolds’ “Ready for the Times to Get Better”, “Turmoil & Tinfoil”, and the traditional “Train 45”, the band used the encore to debut the Andy Griffith Show Theme Song, “Andy Griffith 3000”.

Billy Strings continues his summer tour with one more sold-out show at Koka Booth Amphitheatre in Cary, NC tonight, July 15th. The show will be available to stream free for nugs subscribers.


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Billy Strings – “Sin City” (The Flying Burrito Brothers) – 7/14/23

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Billy Strings – “All Fall Down” (John Hartford) – 7/14/23

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Billy Strings – “Nutshell” (Alice In Chains) – 7/14/23

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Billy Strings – “Nutshell” (Alice In Chains), “Cabin Song” – 7/14/23

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Billy Strings – “Turmoil & Tinfoil” – 7/14/23

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Billy Strings – “Fire Line” – 7/14/23

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Billy Strings – “Doin’ My Time” (Jimmie Skinner) – 7/14/23

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Billy Strings – “Andy Griffith 3000” (Andy Griffith Show Theme Song) – 7/14/23

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Setlist: Billy Strings  | Koka Booth Amphitheatre | Cary, NC | 7/14/23

Set 1: Long Forgotten Dream, The Cuckoo (traditional), Everything’s the Same, Sin City (The Flying Burrito Brothers) [1][2], Honey, You Don’t Know My Mind (Jimmy Martin), Heartbeat of America, All Fall Down (John Hartford), Red Rocking Chair (Traditional), Durham’s Bull (Buddy Durham) [3], Love and Regret, Nutshell (Alice in Chains), Cabin Song

Set 2: Dust in a Baggie, Fiddlin’ Around (Jeff Austin), While I’m Waiting Here, Ole Slew-Foot (Johnny Horton) [4], Hellbender, Fire Line, Running the Route, Ready for the Times to Get Better (Allen Reynolds), I’ll Be Gone a Long Time, One Tin Soldier (The Original Caste) [5], Turmoil & Tinfoil, Doin’ My Time (Jimmie Skinner), Train 45 (Traditional)

Encore: Andy Griffith 3000 (Andy Griffith Show Theme Song) [6][7]

[1] Dedicated to Billy’s Mom Deb who is in the crowd
[2] Last Played 2021-09-04, 211 show gap
[3] FTP – Buddy Durham
[4] “Pyramid Country” fake-out intro
[5] Last Played 2022-05-13, 119 show gap
[6] Billy Strings on the Casio DG-20 synth guitar
[7] FTP – Theme song from “The Andy Griffith Show”