Thanks to his fast fingers and impressive ability to shred both the guitar and banjo like it’s nobody’s business, Billy Strings is the fastest-rising name on the bluegrass music scene.
He’s such a viral sensation that an old video from 2012 showing a clean-cut young Billy picking and singing his song “Dust in a Baggie” was dusted off and posted to Youtube just a year ago, but has already racked up over 16 million views.
A fan favorite on the music festival scene for years, the spotlight on Mr. Strings’ from the music industry has finally begun to burn brighter and brighter more recently.
Though his career started off as more of a slow burn, he burst onto the biggest stage in music like a supernova in 2019 when his album Home took home the Grammy for the Best Bluegrass album of the year.
Earlier this year he even waded into mainstream country music for the first time when he joined Luke Combs to record “The Great Divide,” a powerful plea for cultural unity in the United States.
Comb’s love of the great outdoors is almost as well known as his music, fewer fans may know that the multi-instrumental phenom Strings knows how to make magic with a rod and reel too though.
Their musical collaboration was great, but we need to see these two out on the water together for their next performance.
After seeing the size of some of the fish he’s hauled in recently, Billy Bucketmouths may be a more fitting nickname for the Michigan native.
His love for the great outdoors extends beyond just hooking ’em up and hauling ’em in though, as he celebrated Earth Day last week by reminding his fellow fish finding friends that every trip out on the water can also be used as an opportunity to give something back to the environment and to make the world a little cleaner place.
“At the end of a day on the water, I usually end up with at least a small pile of other people’s trash, fishing line, and old lures. I’m out there a lot and I always see a lot of trash along the banks and in the water and I always pick up what I can. I hate to see the negligence from fellow anglers.
I’ve seen what even a small amount of fishing line can do to an animal when it gets tangled up in it and can’t get free. That shit sucks. That’s not why we’re out there. So make sure you take care of your old line, lures, and trash when you’re out fishing… and if you see someone else’s shit, pick it up and throw it away at the ramp or something.
I may hook these bastards in the lip but I love them and care about them a lot.. as well as all their other little critter friends. Happy Earth Day people.”