Whether sharing stages with acoustic music royalty, crisscrossing the nation playing as a solo artist or performing high-energy, jaw-dropping sets at festivals, the reaction to Billy Strings tends to come in two varieties: “Who is this guy?” and “That kid can play!” Raised in Michigan and based in Nashville, Strings — real name William Apostol — learned music from his father, who had learned it from his father, and his father before him. Maybe that’s why at 24, Strings’ songs, his articulation, his entire approach, sounds so authentic and steeped in tradition. Consider him the next in line of an Americana thread, not some upstart or bandwagon jumper
The Brooklyn Bluegrass Collective is the embodiment of New York City's fluid and vibrant community of bluegrass musicians who work closely together on hundreds of performances each year in the five boroughs and beyond. Members of the BkBC have individually and collectively performed thousands of gigs internationally, from European theaters and concert halls to Tennessee house concerts to Pennsylvania barn weddings to New Jersey convention centers and every gazebo from Maine to Maryland.