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Billy Strings Records Album With His Father

Billy Strings New Album

Billy Strings (centre) – Photo: LTTL

Multiple Award Winner Billy String’s Next Project

An Album With His Father

‘Me/And/Dad’ Out November 18, 2022

On his 30th birthday, Grammy and IBMA Award-winning singer, songwriter and musician Billy Strings announces Me/And/Dad, the first album he’s recorded with his father, Terry Barber, to be released November 18 via Rounder Records.

The product of a longtime dream, the record features new versions of fourteen bluegrass and country classics that the two have been playing together since Strings was a young child.  In advance of the release, the pair’s new versions of bluegrass traditional “Long Journey Home” and George Jones’ “Life To Go” have been released. 

“As long as I can remember, I wanted to make a record with my dad. I’ve been burning up and down the highways the last 12 years, and as time slips away, you start thinking, ‘I need to make time.’ It’s been a bucket list thing for me, something I’ve been afraid I wouldn’t find the time to do. And that scared me; not doing this record scared me.”  

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Produced by Strings and Gary Paczosa and recorded at Nashville’s Sound Emporium Studio, the record finds Strings and Barber playing with familiar ease, naturally trading off leads both vocally and on guitar. In addition to Strings and Barber, the album features an all-star band including bassist Mike Bub, mandolinist Ron McCoury, banjo player Rob McCoury and fiddler Michael Cleveland as well as special guest appearances by Jerry DouglasJason Carter and Strings’ mother, Debra Barber, who sings on the final track “I Heard My Mother Weeping.”

Raised in Michigan and now based in Nashville, Strings is one of the brightest performers on the roots music scene. He has been awarded a Grammy for Best Bluegrass Album, named Artist of the Year at the 2022 Americana Music AwardsEntertainer of the Year and Song of the Year at the 2022 International Bluegrass Music Association AwardsBest New Headliner at the 2022 Pollstar AwardsBreakthrough Artist of the Pandemic at the 2021 Pollstar Awards, named Entertainer of the Year and Guitar Player of the Year at the IBMA Awards.

Me/And/Dad Track List

1. Long Journey Home (bluegrass traditional)
2. Life To Go (written by George Jones)
3. Way Downtown (written by Doc Watson)
4. Little Blossom (written by Hank Thompson)
5. Peartree (written by Arthel Lane “Doc” Watson, Gaither Carlton)
6. Stone Walls and Steel Bars (written by Ray Pennington, Roy Eugene Marcum)
7. Little White Church (written by Eugene Wellman)
8. Dig A Little Deeper (In The Well) (written by Jody Emerson, Roger Bowling)
9. Wandering Boy (written by A.P. Carter)
10. John Deere Tractor (written by Lawrence Hammond)
11. Frosty Morn (bluegrass traditional)
12. I Haven’t Seen Mary In Years (written by Damon Black)
13. Little Cabin Home On The Hill (written by Lester Flatt, Bill Monroe)
14. Heard My Mother Weeping (written by Carl Story, Lowell Blanchard

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