Bill Strings was back in action on Thursday for the second of his two shows at the McHenry Outdoor Theater in McHenry, IL. The outdoor performance was the latest on the bluegrass guitarist’s Meet Me At The Drive-In Tour which kicked off earlier this month.

Thursday’s two-set performance opened with a take on Doc Watson‘s “Georgia Buck” as Strings took the stage solo with a banjo before being joined by the rest of the group. The first half of the cover-heavy show continued with performances of “Shout Little Luly”, “Highway Hipnosis”, “Cold on the Shoulder”, “Sitting In Limbo”, and “Raleigh and Spencer”.

The second set was also filled with a mix of covers including Strings’ live debut of Led Zepellin‘s “Four Sticks”. Other songs that filled the second half of the drive-in performance included “Air Mail Special”, “Springtime of Life”, “No More to Leave You Behind”, Strings’ originals in “Home” and “Away From The Mire”, and a set-closing “Let the Cocaine Be”.

Related: Billy Strings Wraps Wilkes-Barre Drive-In Run With Traditional Sunday Show [Full-Show Audio]

Scroll down to watch some of the fan-shot videos from Thursday’s performance.


View this post on Instagram


A post shared by Mike Jacobson (@jcubson) on


View this post on Instagram


A post shared by Brennin (@new_scum) on

Billy Strings and his band will next head to Peoria, IL for a pair of outdoor shows at Expo Gardens this weekend on September 18th-19th. Head to Strings’ website for tickets and tour info.

Setlist: Billy Strings | McHenry Outdoor Theater | McHenry, IL | 9/17/20

Set One: Georgia Buck* (Doc Watson cover), Shout Little Luly (The Stanley Brothers cover), Highway Hypnosis, While I’m Waiting Here > My Love Comes Rolling Down (The Doc Watson Family cover) > While I’m Waiting Here, Cold on the Shoulder (Gordon Lightfoot cover), Down in the Hollow (Leftover Salmon cover), Sitting in Limbo (Jimmy Cliff cover), Running > Raleigh and Spencer (traditional cover)

Set Two: The Likes of Me (Jerry Reed cover), Air Mail Special (Jim and Jesse cover), Springtime of Life (Ola Belle Reed cover), On the Line, No More to Leave You Behind (The Infamous Stringdusters cover), Four Sticks^ (Led Zeppelin cover), Thirst Mutilator > Going to the Races (Carter Stanley cover), Home, Away From the Mire, Let the Cocaine Be (Doc & Merle Watson cover)

* Billy Strings solo on banjo
^ Live Debut