Billy Strings Debuts ‘Hello City Limits’ Cover At Austin City Limits Festival
Watch the guitarist and his band kick off their ACL Fest slot with the apt unveiling of The Kentuckians tune.
By Nate Todd Oct 8, 2022 • 8:34 am PDT
Billy Strings delivered a slot at Austin City Limits Music Festival on Friday. The guitarist and his band unveiled a cover of The Kentuckians’ “Hello City Limits” to kick off their set during the first day of the two-weekend event’s initial weekend at Zilker Park.
Penned by Johnny Elgin and Benny Martin, The Kentuckians released “Hello City Limits” in 1965. Billy and company — bassist Royal Masat, mandolinist Jarrod Walker, banjoist Billy Failing and fiddler Alex Hargreaves — launched their ACL Fest set with the apt cover. Strings led the band through the initial verses before Failing reeled off some twang on the five-string ahead of a quick run from Hargreaves. Billy then hit the final verse and greeted the Austin City Limits audience before the band surged into their recently IBMA-awarded song “Red Daisy.”
Next, the quintet embarked on a three-song sequence beginning with “Must Be Seven” off Billy’s Grammy-winning 2019 LP Home followed by the instrumental “Pyramid Country” from the guitarist’s 2017 debut full-length, Turmoil & Tinfoil. The band capped the segment with the Walker co-write with Christian Ward, “Show Me The Door,” appearing on the group’s 2021 record, Renewal.
The Home favorite, “Away From The Mire,” then proceeded a pairing of “Dust In A Baggie” and “Everything’s The Same.” Next, Billy and the band delivered a double dose of Renewal with “Love & Regret” and “Hide & Seek.” The traditional “Train 45” sealed the band’s first 2022 ACL Fest outing.
Watch fan-shot video of “Hello City Limits” and “Red Daisy” below:
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Setlist (via BillyBase)
Set: Hello City Limits > Red Daisy, Must Be Seven > Pyramid Country > Show Me The Door, Away From The Mire Dust In A Baggie > Everything’s The Same, Love & Regret, Hide & Seek, Train 45
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