Billy Strings to Make Network Television Debut

photo: Kyle Coroneos

You were warned around here many moons ago to keep a close eye on Billy Strings to potentially become one of the next big breakout artist from the independent music scene similar to what we’ve seen from Tyler Childers, Cody Jinks, Sturgill Simpson, and others. And on Monday night (7-20), the bluegrass wizard will be taking a big symbolic step by making his network television debut.

Billy Strings will appear on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live Monday night with guest host Joel McHale at the helm. It will be quarantine style, with Strings streaming live from Nashville, where he has currently been participating in his “Streaming Strings Tour” broadcasting live from venues throughout Nashville in ticketed livestream events with no crowds and limited support crew.

Starting late last week, Strings did two shows from The Brooklyn Bowl, and the famous Nashville bluegrass haunt The Station Inn, and will resume the tour Wednesday and Thursday (22nd & 23rd) at The City Winery streaming via nugs.net, and then at the Exit/In Friday and Saturday (24th & 25th) via TourGigs, and then wrapping up at 3rd and Lindsley Sunday, July 26th broadcast on nugs.net.

A bluegrass flatpicking guitar player that is second to none in this generation or any other, Billy Strings has caught the imagination of a new generation of string music fans, stretching the possibilities of what bluegrass can be, while also working in elements of the jam band experience yet still staying firmly grounded in the roots. Both his speed and compositional imagination has won him fast fans growing at an exponential pace, and he may soon put bluegrass in a pantheon it hasn’t seen in many years.

Check local listing times for the Jimmy Kimmel Live performance.

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