Billy Strings Appears On ‘Comes A Time’ Podcast With Oteil Burbridge & Mike Finoia

By Scott Bernstein Mar 19, 2021 9:10 am PDT

Billy Strings, who won a Grammy this past Sunday, is featured on the latest episode of JamBase partner Osiris Media Network‘s Comes A Time podcast. Strings spoke with co-hosts Oteil Burbridge and Mike Finoia about his musical journey, including his early days, songwriting and his recent residency at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York.

The guitarist began by recalling a tour he did with his dad just before a tornado hit his current hometown of Nashville and how he’s handled life during the pandemic. Billy then discussed the “The Déjà Vu Experiment” portion of his residency of livestream concerts at The Cap. Oteil served as a “guest receiver” for Billy’s first show of the run and shared his experience from that night.

Strings went on to reveal his biological father passed away when Billy was 2-years-old and discusses his relationship with Terry Barber, the man who stepped in and taught him about music. “Since I’ve grown up too, I have done everything I can to give back to [Barber],” Strings said. “I grew up and took what he taught me and ran with it.”

Billy talked about a tough period he experienced as a pre-teen when he dropped out of school and experimented with meth. Strings then discussed his first gigs and shared stories from the road. He also detailed a fateful decision to quit a “regular” job to focus on touring.

The conversation eventually moved on to songwriting. Strings revealed he feels like his best tunes come to him naturally and noted he recently wrote a song called “Morning Light” in “about 10 minutes” and had Greensky Bluegrass mandolinist Paul Hoffman put a chorus on the tune. “It’s one that I’m awful proud of,” Billy added regarding “Morning Light.” Other topics hit upon were Billy’s fondness for bluegrass, the loss of Tony Rice and performing drive in concerts.

Watch Billy Strings’ appearance on Comes A Time below:

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