Billy Strings continued his String The Halls: Home For The Holidays Edition video series on Sunday with “These Old Blues”. The cover of the Larry Sparks original, first released in 1974, marks the seventh installment of the digital series.
The latest Billy Strings “12 Days of Bluegrass” video follows performances of “The Likes Of Me” by Jerry Reed, “Tipper” by Tony Rice, “Stone Walls And Steel Bars” and “Think Of What You’ve Done” by The Stanley Brothers, “Unwanted Love” by Reno & Smiley, and “Y’all Come” by Arlie Duff.
For this edition of String The Halls, Strings is back to a color television set after reverting to black-and-white on Saturday. With yet another episode Strings and company continue their deep dive into vintage bluegrass music, providing a veritable history lesson with each passing day. As with several of the past releases, Saturday’s installment finds Strings ceding center stage to his highly-qualified backing band. Between banjo player Billy Failing and mandolinist Jarrod Walker, there isn’t much room for Strings’ already-legendary picking to shine through. Yet toward the end of the 3:33 minute video, Strings finds a place to insert some brief-but-potent playing.
Watch Billy Strings perform “These Old Blues” for String The Halls. The poster code for Sunday is TINFOIL.
Billy Strings – “These Old Blues” (Larry Sparks)
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On Saturday, December 26th, Billy Strings will perform alongside 40+ other artists as part of Georgia Comes Alive, a one-day virtual music festival aimed at promoting voter participation in the upcoming Georgia runoff elections by supporting local grassroots organizations, Georgia Coalition for the People’s Agenda and CivicGeorgia. Donate any amount to the cause GeorgiaComesAlive.com to receive a stream link on the day of the show (12/26). You can also enter to win exclusive prizes from GCA artists like a guitar signed and played by Bob Weir here. See below for a full list of performers.