After Billy Strings came on stage for his encore in a muscle suit, I wasn’t sure what could top that…well, his Halloween costume just did. Amid his first “Bulky” Strings appearance, he announced a Grand Rapids, MI, Halloween show that was wrestling themed… so naturally, he HAD to be Hulk Hogan.
The wrestling-themed show featuring Molly Tuttle looked like a helluva time and a Grade-A way to spend Halloween night. Never did I think that bluegrass and WWE would have something in common, but it did last night.
“Last night was so much fun! Playing Van Andel Arena was a dream come true. It’s been on my bucket list since I was a kid. It was so great to see a bunch of my family and hometown friends.
Thank you all for throwing down with us, and thanks to all of our fantastic musical guests!! Hell yeah brother!”
The real star of the show, though, was their cover of Chumbawamba’s “Tubthumping.” Suppose you are reading that not knowing that 1997 hit track, the lyrics should jog your memory.
“I get knocked down, but I get up again You are never gonna keep me down I get knocked down, but I get up again…”
Molly Tuttle is introduced onto the stage in WWE fashion with a full walkout intro. Tuttle walks up to the “ring” at the end of the stage as the announcer highlights some of her bluegrass accolades.
The two then join on stage to tune up for the start of the song and dare I say, “Tubthumping” makes for a killer bluegrass ditty.
Molly Strings takes the sounds killer as she helps in the chorus and the main vocal aspects of the song. Billy Strings looks like a total dad rockstar as he sings the quicker “rap-like” aspects of the lyrics.
“He drinks a Whiskey drink, he drinks a Vodka drink He drinks a Lager drink, he drinks a Cider drink He sings the songs that remind him of the good times.”
After the fun track, the two highlight their pickin’ skills before rolling into their duet that appeared on Tuttle’s Crooked Tree album, “Dooley’s Farm.”
Oh, the money I would have paid to be at this Halloween extravaganza.