"The head-banging speed of a thrash metal band channeled through flat-picked guitar and mandolin, with a touch of end-of-the-world psychedelia." Rolling Stone Magazine- 2017.
Whether sharing stages with acoustic music royalty, crisscrossing the nation with his band, performing high-energy, jaw-dropping sets at festivals and concerts, the reaction to Billy Strings tends make jaws drop and heart rhythms palpitate to super high energy and fret board proficiency.
Raised in Michigan and based in Nashville, Strings — real name William Apostol — learned music from his father, who had learned it from his father, and his father before him. Strings’ songs, his articulation, his entire approach, is authentic and steeped in tradition.
While Strings’ profile as a guitarist and singer in the acoustic/bluegrass scene continues to grow, he is headlining festivals and has already earned landmark achievements. He has been invited to play on stage with Del McCoury, David Grisman, Larry Keel, Sam Bush, Greensky Bluegrass, The Infamous Stringdusters, Leftover Salmon and more. He’s landed coveted slots at festivals like Pickathon, Merlefest, DelFest, High Sierra Music Festival, Grey Fox to name a few and he’s shared bills with popular touring acts Greensky Bluegrass, The Infamous Stringdusters, Yonder Mountain Stringband, Leftover Salmon, Cabinet and more. And the industry has taken notice: He won IBMA 2016 Momentum Awards Instrumentalist of the Year for guitar, banjo and mandolin and was voted #1 in Bluegrass Situation’s Top 16 of ’16, and most recently listed in Rolling Stone's "10 New Country Artists You Need to Know".