Billy Strings Confirms Winter Tour 2022

Watch the guitarist lead his band through a debut cover of Jimmie Rodgers’ “The Brakeman’s Blues” last night in Portland, Maine.

By Scott Bernstein Nov 16, 2021 10:13 am PST

Billy Strings announced details of his 2022 Winter Tour dates. The guitarist confirmed 16 new shows spanning February and March.

Strings and his band will play a number of multi-night runs early next year. Up first is four nights at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York February 3 – 6. Billy then hits arenas with shows slated for Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, North Carolina on February 11 and Chartway Arena in Norfolk, Virginia on February 12.

The tour continues with two-night stands at Bell Auditorium in Augusta, Georgia on February 15 and 16 and at Knoxville, Tennessee’s Civic Auditorium on February 18 and 19. After a few weeks off and an appearance at Innings Festival in Tempe, Strings heads to the Midwest for a three-nighter at The Slyvee in Madison, Wisconsin from March 3 – 5. The guitarist also confirmed a swing through Ohio including shows in Cleveland on March 9 and in Cincinnati on March 11 and 12.

Billy Strings Winter Tour 2022 tickets go on sale this Friday, November 19 at 10 a.m. ET. Follow this link for pre-sale and other info.

Last night, Billy Strings kicked off a two-night stand at Portland, Maine’s State Theatre. Strings, mandolinist Jarrod Walker, bassist Royal Masat and banjoist Billy Failing debuted a cover of Jimmie Rodgers’ “The Brakeman’s Blues (Yodeling The Blues Away)” as Monday’s encore.

The quartet opened the evening by covering Doc Watson’s “Little Sadie.” Strings and company then played “Fire On My Tongue,” one of six songs from the guitarist’s recently released Renewal album to make the setlist. Other highlights from the first night in Portland included a tease-filled “Thirst Mutilator,” a take on the Grateful Dead’s “China Doll,” a solo “Am I Born To Die?” and a pairing of “Taking Water” and “Ice Bridges.”

“The Brakeman’s Blues (Yodeling The Blues Away)” was a geographically-appropriate choice to end the evening. Last night’s encore starts with the lyric, “Portland Maine is just the same as sunny Tennessee.” Billy Strings returns to the State Theatre in Portland, Maine tonight.

Watch fan-shot video footage of last night’s “The Brakeman’s Blues” below:

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Setlist (via Billy Strings Set List Page)

Set One: Little Sadie, Fire On My Tongue > Bronzeback, Heartbeat of America [1], In the Morning Light, Know It All, China Doll, Thirst Mutilator [2] [3] [4] > Dust in a Baggie, Hold the Woodpile Down, Am I Born to Die? [5]

Set Two: I’ll Remember You Love In My Prayers, Slow Train, Taking Water > Ice Bridges, Hellbender, Home [6], Psycho > Red Rocking Chair, Running on Empty, Away From the Mire

Encore: The Brakeman’s Blues [7]

  • [1] Shakedown Street teases
  • [2] If I Only Had a Brain tease
  • [3] Walk Like An Egyptian tease
  • [4] Cluck Old Hen tease
  • [5] Billy Strings Solo
  • [6] Arabia tease
  • [7] Debut – Jimmie Rodgers
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