Billy Strings brings new life to traditional bluegrass on debut EP

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.

Quit or Die: The real People’s Blues

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”.

BBT 1v1: Darlingside’s Dave Senft

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.

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