Billy Strings Performs Marathon Solo Set For ‘Live From Out There’

By Scott Bernstein Apr 6, 2020 9:45 am PDT

Billy Strings made his Live From Out There debut on Saturday night. The guitarist performed a lengthy set for the Group livestream subscription series that benefits Sweet Relief’s COVID-19 Fund.

Strings solo set consisted of 33 songs. The Michigan native went heavy on tunes from Doc Watson and Earl Scruggs and other bluegrass/old-time luminaries. Billy kicked off the performance with The Stanley Brothers’ “Bound To Ride” and then played a string of four Watson tunes: “Beaumont Rag,” “Way Downtown,” “Groundhog” and “Salt Creek.” Next up were Flatt & Scruggs’ “Don’t Let Your Deal Go Down,” Norman Blake’s “Last Train From Poor Valley,” Jimmy Reed’s “Likes Of Me” and the traditional “Shady Grove.”

Billy Strings picked a more recently penned tune next as he played Keith Whitley’s “Lonely At The Top,” which Jamey Johnson recorded for his 2010 album, The Guitar Song. From there came a run of Norman Blake’s “Randall Collins,” the jazz standard “Farewell Blues,” Doc’s “The Train That Carried My Girl From Town,” the traditional “Black Mountain Rag,” “Today” by John Hartford, old-time favorite “Dig A Little Deeper In The Well” and Lawrence Hammond’s “John Deere Tractor.” Strings played acoustic guitar throughout the set with one exception, Earl Scruggs’ “Reuben,” which featured Billy on banjo.

Other highlights included a pair of Townes Van Zandt songs (“Pancho & Lefty,” “Two Girls”), North Carolina folk tune “Tom Dooley,” Watson’s “Walk On Boy” and the fitting finale of “Gonna Lay Down My Old Guitar.” Watch Billy open with “Bound To Ride” and “Beaumont Rag” below via nugsnet:


Billy Strings at Private Venue

  • Bound to Ride  
  • Beaumont Rag  
  • Way Downtown  
  • Groundhog  
  • Salt Creek  
  • Don't Let Your Deal Go Down  
  • Last Train From Poor Valley  
  • The Likes of Me  
  • Shady Grove  
  • Lonely at the Top  
  • Randall Collins  
  • Farewell Blues  
  • The Train That Carried My Girl From Town  
  • Black Mountain Rag  
  • Today  
  • Dig a Little Deeper in the Well  
  • John Deere Tractor  
  • Nashville Blues  
  • There Is a Time  
  • Ginseng Sullivan  
  • Miss the Mississippi and You  
  • Pancho & Lefty  
  • Two Girls  
  • A Face in the Crowd  
  • Give the Fiddler a Dram  
  • Whistling Rufus  
  • Ragtime Annie  
  • Church Street Blues  
  • Reuben's Train  
  • Georgia Buck  
  • In Tall Buildings  
  • Rock Salt and Nails  
  • Tom Dooley  
  • Walk On Boy  
  • Gonna Lay Down My Old Guitar  
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