Guitarist Billy Strings and his band are in Denver, CO all weekend, where the Americana outfit is celebrating a weekend’s worth of sold-out shows at the Ogden Theatre on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
Friday night’s weekend run opener saw Strings and company treat attendees to 25 songs stretched out over two sets and an encore.
Strings opened the show with one of his originals in “Slowtrain”, followed by a wide mix of covers played throughout the set with the band’s takes on The Dillards‘ “Ernest T. Grass”, Johnny Horton‘s “Ole Slew-Foot”, New Gras Revival‘s “This Heart of Mine”, The Stanley Brothers‘ “White Dove”, and John Phillips‘ “Me and My Uncle”.
The covers-heavy show continued into the second set with Strings’ live renditions of Jeff Austin‘s “Run Down”, Jimmie Driftwood‘s “Tennessee Stud”, and J.J. Cale‘s “Ride Me High”, to name a few.
Only three songs from Strings’ latest album–2019’s Home–made their way into the setlist on Friday with “Watch it Fall” in the first set, “Must Be Seven” during the second, and “Freedom” to close the show in the encore.
Watch Strings’ show-opening performance of “Slow Train” from Friday below.
Billy Strings – “Slow Train” – 12/13/19
[Video: D Ragoose]
Strings is back at the Ogden on Saturday and Sunday with two more sold-out shows.
Scroll down for a full gallery of photos from Friday’s show, courtesy of photographer Elliot Siff.
Setlist: Billy Strings | Ogden Theatre | Denver, CO | 12/13/2019
Set One: Slow Train, Ernest T. Grass (The Dillards cover) > Ole Slew-Foot (Johnny Horton cover), I’ll Remember You, Love, in My Prayers (William ‘Billy’ Hayes cover), Watch It Fall, This Heart of Mine (New Grass Revival cover) > Dealing Despair, White Dover (The Stanley Brothers cover), Me and My Uncle (John Phillips cover) > Living Like an Animal > Me and My Uncle (On the Line > Train 45 (The Stanley Brothers cover)
Set Two: Home of the Red Fox* (Bill Emerson cover), Must Be Seven, Run Down (Jeff Austin cover), Old Train, I Only Exist (The Stanley Brothers cover) Love Like Me, Tennessee Stud (Jimmie Driftwood cover), Pretty Daughter (Danny Barnes cover), Pyramid Country > Ride Me High (J.J. Cale cover) > Train, Tain (Blackfoot cover)
* “Say Tripper” tease