When the pandemic hit in 2020, Billy Strings announced a series of virtual concerts, and rather than just picking from his living room like a lot of artists did, Billy threw some high-production concerts at well-known venues. During this particular show, live from the Brooklyn Bowl in Nashville, Billy was joined by phenomenal mandolin player Sierra Hull for a phenomenal bluegrass cover of Post Malone’s “Circles.”
Yep, you heard the correctly… bluegrass Post Malone.
“We had a blast during the virtual tour. Thanks to all you folks that tuned in! Here’s our version of Circles by Post Malone with a little help from our friend Sierra Hull.”
Billy and company put their own bluegrass flavor on it and completely made it their own. And naturally, threw in some killer solos on guitar, banjo and mandolin for good measure. There’s no doubt about it… Billy Strings is one of the most talented dudes in all of music.
Check it out:
Post Malone & Billy Strings Cover Johnny Cash’s “Cocaine Blues”
Back in 2020, Post Malone kicked it with Billy Strings, cooking up some “redneck sh*t” as Billy referred to it, AKA picking on some Hank Williams and Johnny Cash songs. And we’ve seen Post show love to everybody from Johnny Cash and Hank Williams, to Randy Travis, John Michael Montgomery, Shania Twain, Colter Wall, Tyler Childers, and Sturgill.
And ever since, we’ve been dying for another chance to see him play some country music live and in person… which he did, at Billy Strings’ concert at The Observatory in Santa Ana, California. With his guitar, a beer and a cigarette in hand, he walked on stage and said:
“Billy Strings is the best to ever f**ing do it… thanks for having me up. We’re gonna do a Johnny Cash song.”
Treating fans to a surprise performance of Johnny Cash’s “Cocaine Blues,” I can’t imagine a more unlikely pair that just works together so damn well.
Based off the old country traditional song, “Little Sadie,” “Cocaine Blues” was reworked by T. J. “Red” Arnall way back in 1947. Johnny Cash would famously perform the tune at his legendary 968 Folsom Prison concert, and then record it for his 1979 album, Silver.
I mean damn, I wish the guy would stop teasing us with these performances, because a full-blown country album from the man himself would be one for the ages.