At first glance William Apostol, better known by his stage name Billy Strings, doesn’t have the look of your stereotypical bluegrass musician, with gauged ears and tattoos plastered along his arms and torso. Don’t let his look fool you — this 21 year old can pick with the best in the bluegrass realm of music, as evidenced by his versatility on his self-titled debut EP that became available on June 10.
People from throughout the country will flock to the Kentucky Horse Park this weekend, not for a horse auction or race, but rather old-school bluegrass music. The Festival of the Bluegrass returns from June 9-12 for the 44th consecutive year, and features local and national bluegrass acts.
Self-proclaimed circus rockers People’s Blues of Richmond have quickly become one of the best live shows amidst a crowded midwest rock’n’roll scene with a sound many who’ve seen them first hand say resembles a cross between Led Zeppelin and The Black Keys. The trio from Virginia is currently melting the faces of music fans across Appalachia in support of their upcoming album “Quit or Die”.
Darlingside has had a lot of “firsts” occur recently here in the bluegrass. Their first Kentucky show was May 2 when the Massachusetts quartet performed at the Lyric Theatre in Lexington as a part of Wood Songs Old-Time Radio Hour, and their first trip to the Moonshiner’s Ball in Berea will take place this Saturday at 8:30 pm. Big Blue Tunes recently scored an exclusive interview with Darlingside’s Dave Senft to discuss the band’s evolution, “Bird’s Say”, the creative process, and much more. Read the full interview after the break.
As Moon Hooch prepares for a return to the bluegrass state next weekend for The Moonshiner’s Ball, I had the opportunity to chat with the band’s saxophonist Mike Wilbur about their upcoming album “Red Sky”, New York City, moonshine, and much more! Read the full interview after the break.
Minnesota’s finest Trampled by Turtles, Devil Makes Three and Elephant Revival combined for the ultimate trifecta in Louisville over Kentucky Derby weekend for a sold out show at Iroquois Amphitheater. Before the show I was able to sit down for a chat with TBT’s mandolinist Erik Berry.