Guitar firebrand Billy Strings and his eponymous band kicked off the last day of Suwannee Hulaween with a wild set full of musical pyrotechnics and soulful bluegrass at the Spirit Of The Suwannee Music Park. We’ve already told you about his epic sit-in with the The String Cheese Incident on Sunday evening, but at that point, Strings was already on fire from his incredible set of originals, choice standards, and covers earlier that day.
Billy Strings has deservedly enjoyed a steady rise in the jamgrass scene due to his incredible chops and his stellar backing band. Banjo player Billy Failing cuts through the mix with intricate runs and rolls. Royal Masat uses his deep bottom-end bass to give each song a rock-solid heartbeat while mandolinist Jarrod Walker helps keep time while also blazing away on the fretboard.
All that help from his bandmates frees Billy Strings up to showcase his jaw-dropping array of chops and technique. His precision in high-speed bursts is equally as impressive as his effect-laden psychedelic washes. When you mix his astounding guitar presence with his humble stage demeanor and evocative vocals, you get an incredibly potent musical achievement that is clearly going to make him a superstar before he lays down his instrument.
Our own Rex-A-Vision was on hand to catch the fun as Strings woke up a bleary-eyed but ready-to-rock Sunday morning crowd. After you check out the fun from Billy Strings’ Sunday set, you can peruse some of the other highlights we have already shared from Suwannee Hulaween 2019 including String Cheese Incident’s ’90s-themed Saturday spectacle and opening night madness from Umphrey’s McGee and Greensky Bluegrass.
Billy Strings – “Dust In A Baggie” – 10/27/19
Billy Strings – “Hollow Heart” – 10/27/19
Billy Strings – “Away From The Mire” – 10/27/19
Setlist: Billy Strings | Suwannee Hulaween | Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park | Live Oak, FL | 10/27/19
Set: Everything’s the Same, Pyramid Country, Ole Slew-Foot, All Time Low, While I’m Waiting Here, Sally Goodin’, Little Maggie, My Florida Sunshine, China Doll, Dust in a Baggie, Hollow Heart, Away From the Mire
For a full list of upcoming Billy Strings tour dates, head here.