This album is country singing and bluegrass flatpicking at its finest. If you want to listen to someone who's at the absolute pinnacle of their field, look no further than Billy Strings. Home was awarded the Grammy for Best Bluegrass Album last year. While the album is complete with solid storytelling, fitting vocal tones and solid back up instrumentation from Billy's backing band featuring an upright bass, mandolin and banjo, the star of the show is without a doubt Billy's right hand. I've been to my fair share of live shows across various genres and I've seen very few crowds as engaged and captivated as an audience when Billy breaks off into a 3 minute solo with his face stretched as tight as his high E string as he works up and down the neck of the guitar. If you're looking to hear what the next 5 years of Bluegrass and psychedelic county music will start to look like, you can start right here at Home.
Watch Billy Live at Red Rocks. Billy String is one of the artists leading what I'm going to call a country revolution. Other artists such as Tyler Childres and Sturgill Simpson, that we've featured before at Album Daily, are also right up there with Billy. These artists are tatted up and down their arms and are more likely to sing about drugs, racial prejudice and climate change than they are guns, beer and women in red sundresses.
Release date: September 27th, 2019
Similar artist(s): Tony Rice, Widespread Panic, Greensky Bluegrass
Top tracks: Taking Water, Home, Hollow Heart