Billy Strings hit the stage for the fourth episode of this season’s Austin City Limits series over the weekend.
Of course, to the surprise of absolutely no one, he brought the house down playing songs like “Away From the Mire” and “Red Daisy”.
And, he also talked a little bit about the inspiration behind a lot of his music and where he even learned to play bluegrass in the first place.
His dad actually taught him to play and exposed him to some of the greatest to ever do it in the genre from a young age:
“He’s an incredible player. His name’s Terry Barber, and he taught me all about Doc Watson, Lester Flatt, and Earl Scruggs, Bill Monroe, Larry Sparks, Ralph Stanley, and a bunch of the folks you guys have had play on the show.
And like I mentioned earlier in the show, that I used to watch the recorded tapes that he would record on our VCR. Until I shoved a peanut butter and jelly sandwich in that VCR and it didn’t work anymore.”
From Billy’s Grammy-winning 2019 Home album, he turned the usual seven-and-a-half minute song into an 11-minute jam with an impressive guitar solo towards the end.
It’s well worth your time:
And from his recent record, Renewal, “Red Daisy”:
The entire post-show interview: