Billy Strings and his band were back at Tipitina’s on Thursday night for the second of two virtual performances at the New Orleans venue this week.
Following night one on Wednesday, Thursday’s show inside the empty venue opened with a fitting cover of Steve Goodman‘s “City of New Orleans”, followed by one of Strings’ newer originals in “Bronzeback”. The first set of the night blended more Billy Strings originals in “Hide & Seek”, “Watch It Fall”, and “Taking Water” with covers of “Been All Around This World”, Gordon Lightfoot‘s “Cold on the Shoulder”, Doc Watson‘s “Little Sadie”, and finally The Stanley Brothers‘ “A Robin Built a Nest on Daddy’s Grave” to send viewers into set break.
Scroll down to watch a pro-shot video featuring the opening tunes from Thursday’s webcast below.
Billy Strings – “City of New Orleans”, “Bronzeback”, “Been All Around This World” – 3/25/21
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Strings returned to the stage to kick off the second set with his live debut of Tony Rice‘s “Plastic Banana” in tribute to the late bluegrass guitarist. The band continued with more covers including Carter Stanley‘s “Going to the Races”, “Ain’t Nothing to Me”, and “June Apple”, before returning to the Strings songbook with “Must Be Seven” and the recently debuted “Show Me the Door”.
The second set kept rolling with a pair of David Grisman covers as a nod to the mandolinist’s birthday earlier this week on March 23rd with “Sugar Hill Ramble” right into “Unwanted Love”. The show came to an end with the band’s cover of Doc & Merle Watson‘s “Gonna Lay Down My Old Guitar”.
Watch a fan-shot video clip highlighting Strings’ second set opener covering Tony Rice’s “Plastic Banana” below.
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Billy Strings will head west to Austin, TX for a virtual performance at Austin City Limits Live at The Moody Theater scheduled for Friday. Click here for concert webcast info.
Setlist: Billy Strings | Tipitina’s | New Orleans | 3/25/21
Set One: City of New Orleans (Steve Goodman cover), Bronzeback, Been All Around This World (Traditional cover), Hide & Seek, Cold on the Shoulder (Gordon Lightfoot cover), Watch It Fall, Little Sadie (Doc Watson cover), Taking Water, A Robin Built a Nest on Daddy’s Grave (The Stanley Brothers cover)
Set Two: Plastic Banana* (Tony Rice cover), Going to the Races (Carter Stanley cover), Ain’t Nothing to Me (Eric Bloom/Al Pitrelli/Tony Franklin/Aynsley Dunbar cover), June Apple^$ (Traditional cover) > Must Be Seven, Show Me the Door, Pretty Daughter (Danny Barnes cover) > Sugar Hill Ramble (David Grisman cover) > Unwanted Love (David Grisman cover), Gonna Lay Down My Old Guitar (Doc & Merle Watson cover)
* First Time Played
^ “Jessica” tease
$ “Lake of Fire” tease