Last month saw Billy Strings go on his Streaming Strings Tour, where he played empty venues throughout Nashville. During that run of live streamed concerts, Strings debuted his cover of Post Malone‘s “Circles” with a little help from Sierra Hull.
The nine-show run of concerts saw the ever-rising bluegrass musician perform at Brooklyn Bowl Nashville, Station Inn, City Winery, Exit/In, and 3rd & Lindsey to an empty crowd. Throughout the Streaming Strings Tour, Billy also welcomed special guests including Marcus King, Hull, Molly Tuttle, Bryan Sutton, Mimi Naja, Dave Bruzza, and Anders Beck.
In his first-ever take on the Post Malone hit, which spent over 34 weeks at #1 setting a new Billboard record, Strings infused the pop hit with his own bluegrass background. While Strings is known for bridging a musical gap between old school bluegrass, new age jamgrass, and some unexpected influences in between, this takes it to a whole new level.
In coffee shops around the country, there’s the cliche of a novice guitarist learning to play a pop song on acoustic guitar with the most basic of chords. While this rendition of “Circles” doesn’t feature anything too fancy in the way of chord structure, it does find Strings making the song uniquely his own. To many viewers who don’t spend much time listening to FM radio or hanging outside of college bars, the song may have just seemed like another obscure cover from Strings’ deep well of musical influences and interests.
Watch Billy Strings cover “Circles” by Post Malone with Sierra Hull at Brooklyn Bowl Nashville on July 17th.
Billy Strings with Sierra Hull – “Circles” (Post Malone) – Brooklyn Bowl Nashville – 7/17/20
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