Three weeks after releasing the track “California Sober” withWillie Nelson,Billy Stringspaid a go to to the Golden State for a three-night run by Southern California. The bluegrass firebrand’s weekend journey included one evening at Los Angeles’ Greek Theatreadopted by a two-night keep on theCal Coast Credit score Union Open Air Theatre in San Diego.
Audiences on the Greek Theatre on Friday received their cash’s price as Strings delivered a continuous, 29-song set. Billy carried out the primary dozen songs usually together with his bandmates Billy Failing(banjo),Jarrod Walker(mandolin),Royal Masat(bass), andAlex Hargreaves(fiddle) earlier than giving his sidemen a reprieve for what would usually function set break. Whereas the opposite musicians took a mid-show breather, nevertheless, Billy remained onstage for a solo interlude, operating by some bluegrass classics, a pair originals, and even breaking out his clawhammer banjo. After his bandmates returned rested and able to hold enjoying, the total ensemble tacked on one other 11 songs by the tip of the efficiency.
Friday’s present on the Greek had all the opposite hallmarks of a basic Billy Strings live performance. The opening slot logically went to Billy’s aforementioned collaboration with Willie Nelson, and was adopted not lengthy after by one other geo-specific cowl,Previous & In The Manner‘s “Lonesome L.A. Cowboy”. Afterward, Billy mixed two of his favourite onstage activitieshuge jams and referencing the place the place he’s playingby amending a 20-minute “Meet Me At The Creek” to “Meet me on the Greek”.
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Touring down the Pacific Coast, Billy Strings and his bandmates stopped simply shy of the Mexican border for a pair of reveals in San Diego. The 2-night stint on the Cal Coast Credit score Union Open Air Theatre on the campus of San Diego State Collegenoticed the band return to the conventional two-set format, with Billy catching his breath together with his bandmates between acts.
Whereas there aren’t fairly as many songs written about San Diego as there are Los Angeles, Strings nonetheless discovered a strategy to talk by his setlist. Halfway by the primary body of evening one, Strings used the debut of Townes Van Zandt‘s “I’ll Be Right here In The Morning” to guarantee the viewers that he’ll be hanging round for some time. In that very same set, Billy used a string of steady covers to spotlight his seemingly disparate vary of influences by stringing collectively Mom Love Bone‘s “Crown of Thorns” withInvoice Monroe‘s “Southern Taste” and eventuallyPink Floyd‘s “Mind Harm”.
Ending out his California journey, Billy Strings staged one in all his extra conventional Sunday reveals in San Diego. As soon as once more assuring the gang that he wasn’t going wherever simply but, Billy and the band debutedBob Wills and His Texas Playboys‘ “Keep All Night time (Keep a Little Longer)” throughout the first set which additionally featured mountain songs fromPeter Rowan,Cousin Emmy, and even a track a couple of prepare (“Prepare 45”). The final set of the weekend noticed Strings convey issues somewhat extra on top of things with nods to fashionable gamers like Jeff Austin and Unhealthy Livers with a gap “Run Down” > “Fairly Daughter”.
This was nonetheless a Billy Strings present, nevertheless, and the jamgrass picker saved one grand fireworks show for final because the second set wound down with an exploratory “Turmoil & Tinfoil”. Bringing the entire run full circle, Strings positioned his collaboration with Bla Fleck, “Tentacle Dragon (Revenge of The)”, within the penultimate slot of the present earlier than his personal “Knot It All” capped off the weekend and his second consecutive encore-less efficiency.
Take a look at movies and audio from Billy Strings’ weekend run by California. His tour continues on Wednesday with an intimate present atBrooklyn Bowl Las Vegas. Take a look at his web site for tickets and a full record of tour dates. A whole trove of live performance movies is offered from Todd Norris.
Billy Strings “California Sober” 5/19/23
Billy Strings Greek Theatre Los Angeles, CA 5/19/23 Full Audio
Setlist: Billy Strings | Greek Theatre | Los Angeles, CA | 5/19/23
Set: California Sober, Hi there, Metropolis Limits (Johnny Elgin, Benny Martin), Hellbender, This Previous World, Freeway Hypnosis, Lonesome L.A. Cowboy (Previous & In The Manner), Dusty Miller (Conventional), Fireplace Line > Working, Ridin That Midnight Prepare (Ralph Stanley), Hyacinth Home (The Doorways) > Meet Me At The Creek , Beaumont Rag (Conventional) , Catch and Launch , Browns Ferry Blues (Rabon Delmore, Alton Delmore) , Love & Remorse  Georgia Buck (The Hill Billies) , Reubens Prepare (Conventional) , How Lengthy Have I Been Ready On You? (Jonathan Edwards) , Freedom , Freeborn Man (Keith Allison, Mark Lindsay), Away From The Mire, Lengthy Forgotten Dream, John Deere Tractor (Lawrence Hammond), Ashland Breakdown (Invoice Monroe), Whereas Im Ready Right here > Ole Slewfoot (Johnny Horton), Reverend (Greensky Bluegrass)
Encore: Everythings The Similar
 “Meet me on the Greek” lyric change
 Billy Strings solo
 Billy Strings solo on clawhammer banjo
 Full band spherical a single mic
Setlist: Billy Strings | Cal Coast Credit score Union Open Air Theatre | San Diego, CA | 5/20/23
Set One: John Hardy (Conventional), Taking Water > Ice Bridges > In The Morning Gentle, Unwell Be Right here Within the Morning (Townes Van Zandt) , Conceal & Search, Secrets and techniques, Crown Of Thorns (Mom Love Bone) > Southern Taste (Invoice Monroe) > Mind Harm (Pink Floyd), Heartbeat Of America, Gone A Lengthy Time
Set Two: Wargasm, Cabin Music, Present Me The Door > Previous Man At The Mill (Clarence Ashley) > Clinch Mountain Backstep (Carter Stanley), My Alice, Pink Daisy > Thunder (Robert Hunter), Life To Go (George Jones), Mud In A Baggie
Setlist: Billy Strings | Cal Coast Credit score Union Open Air Theatre | San Diego, CA | 5/21/23
Set One: Pyramid Nation > Airmail Particular (Ossie Godson, Leon Rusk), Dwelling, Blue Mule (Peter Rowan), Thirst Mutilator > So Many Miles > Keep All Night time (Keep a Little Longer) (Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys) , Hellbender, West Dakota Rose (Chris Henry), Whereas Im Ready Right here, On The Line > Prepare 45 (Conventional) > Ruby (Cousin Emmy)
Set Two: Run Down (Jeff Austin) > Fairly Daughter (Unhealthy Livers), Standing In The Want Of Prayer (Conventional), Dig A Little Deeper In The Effectively (The Oak Ridge Boys), Shady Grove (Conventional), Dont Let Your Deal Go Down (Conventional), Turmoil & Tinfoil, Tentacle Dragon (Revenge Of The) (Bla Fleck) > Know It All