Marcus King and Billy Strings, two of the country’s hottest young guitar players, will join forces for the second time ever at the Rooster Walk Music & Arts Festival in Martinsville, VA. In addition, the Marcus King Band is joining the lineup for the festival, which is going down May 23rd through 26th, 2019.
King & Strings is a collaboration between southern rocker Marcus King and progressive bluegrass ace Billy Strings that has only happened once before, at last year’s Rooster Walk 10. The original lineup featured Billy Strings and his band, consisting of bassist Royal Masat, banjo player Billy Failing, and mandolinist Jarrod Walker, along with Marcus King and legendary drummer Jeff Sipe (Aquarium Rescue Unit). The exact lineup for the 2019 iteration of King & Strings is yet to be announced, but with both Billy Strings’ and Marcus King’s bands in the house, it’s sure to be one hell of a good time.
Last year’s King & Strings late-night set included songs from both artists’ respective catalogs, highlighting both of their uniquely refined skill sets. The performances also featured covers of Merle Haggard’s “Swinging Doors”, the Marshall Tucker Band’s “Can’t You See”, Chuck Berry’s “Johnny B. Goode”, Sam Cooke’s “A Change Is Gonna Come”, Steppenwolf’s “Born To Be Wild”, Led Zeppelin’s “Good Times, Bad Times”, Johnny Winter’s “I’m Yours & I’m Hers”, Willie Dixon’s “Spoonful,” Black Sabbath’s “Sweet Leaf”, Felice & Boudleaux Bryant’s “Rocky Top”, Rick Derringer’s “Rock & Roll, Hoochie Koo”, and more, all strung together by instrumental communication between the six stellar musicians onstage.
These two great acts join a lineup that already includes Shovels & Rope, Billy Strings, Mountain Heart, Yarn, Kendall Street Company, State Birds and C2 & The Brothers Reed. According to the festival organizers, approximately 40 more bands will be announced in the coming months!
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