Billy Strings Wins Breakthrough Artist of the Pandemic at 2021 Pollstar Awards

Known for his electric live shows, Strings will continue his extensive headline tour into the fall

By: Jun. 17, 2021
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Billy Strings Wins Breakthrough Artist of the Pandemic at 2021 Pollstar Awards

Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter and musician Billy Strings won Breakthrough Artist of the Pandemic at last night's 2021 Pollstar Awards.

The award celebrates a landmark year for Strings, who continued to perform consistently throughout the pandemic both in-person with socially distanced shows as well as virtually, including his six-night "Déjà Vu Experiment"-a one-of-a-kind livestream event broadcast from Port Chester, NY's The Capitol Theatre. Reflecting on his recent performances, Pollstar declares, "The hottest hand in jamgrass mastered pandemic a fraught year, Strings and those around him parlayed that fervor into the rare pandemic success story, blazing trails in livestreaming, drive-in touring and socially distanced podded shows while remaining true to their core values of authenticity and fan engagement." Additionally, Relix featured Strings on the cover of their April/May issue praising, "Strings' exuberance speaks to the boundless, resourceful spirit of his music...beyond his technical mastery, it's his authenticity that continues to animate his music and, in turn, the fans who are drawn to that music." Furthering his recent success, Strings also debuted his new song, "Wargasm" featuring special guest RMR, earlier this month. Listen/share HERE.

Known for his electric live shows, Strings will continue his extensive headline tour into the fall including upcoming stops at Pittsburgh's Stage AE, Denver's Mission Ballroom (three nights, all sold-out), Las Vegas' Event Lawn at Virgin Hotels Las Vegas (two nights), Los Angeles' The Belasco (sold out), Oakland's Fox Theater (two nights), Portland's McMenamins Edgefield Amphitheater, Seattle's King County's Marymoor Park, Missoula's KettleHouse Amphitheater and Wichita's Wave among many others. See below for complete tour itinerary.

Adding to an already triumphant career, Strings won Best Bluegrass Album at the 63rd GRAMMY Awards for hisacclaimed 2019 record, Home. Released on Rounder Records, Home was produced by Glenn Brown and furthers Strings' reputation as "one of string music's most dynamic young stars" (Rolling Stone). Of the album, The Associated Press proclaims, "it is his creative musical storytelling, paired with solid vocals on Home that should seal the deal, pleasing fans of the genre and creating some new ones...the perfect blend of pure talent and pluck," while The Wall Street Journalpraises, "Billy Strings has clearly emerged as a premier guitar flatpicker of this era." Moreover, Strings and the album topped Billboard's 2020 year-end chart in both Bluegrass categories: Top Bluegrass Artists and Top Bluegrass Albums.

Michigan-born and now Nashville-based, Strings arrived on the music scene as one of the most compelling new artists with the release of his 2017 debut LP, Turmoil & Tinfoil. Since his debut, Strings has been awarded Guitar Player of the Year and New Artist of the Year at the 2019 International Bluegrass Music Awards, selected as one of Rolling Stone's 2017 "New Country Artists to Know" and performed on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" and PBS' "Bluegrass Underground." Often playing over 200 shows per year, Strings keeps the improvisational tradition of bluegrass alive while incorporating elements of several diverse genres. WXPN's World Café declares, "a bona fide phenom...with his virtuosic guitar playing front and center, Strings fuses bluegrass to psych rock, country and jam music, without fussing over what bluegrass should be."


June 18-Oshkosh, WI-Leach Amphitheater

June 19-Oshkosh, WI-Leach Amphitheater

June 25-Thornville, OH-Legend Valley (SOLD OUT)

June 26-Thornville, OH-Legend Valley (SOLD OUT)

July 12-Morrison, CO-Red Rocks Amphitheatre*

July 13-Morrison, CO-Red Rocks Amphitheatre* (SOLD OUT)

July 16-Whitefish, MT-Under the Big Sky Festival (SOLD OUT)

July 22-Floyd, VA-FloydFest (SOLD OUT)

July 25-Newport, RI-Newport Folk Festival (SOLD OUT)

July 26-Newport, RI-Newport Folk Festival (SOLD OUT)

July 29-Lafayette, NY-Apple Valley Park

July 30-Lafayette, NY-Apple Valley Park (SOLD OUT)

July 31-Gilford, NH-Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion

August 1-Gilford, NH-Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion

August 3-Essex Junction, VT-Ben & Jerry's Concerts on the Midway Lawn

August 5-Asbury Park, NJ-Stone Pony Summer Stage

August 6-New Haven, CT-Westville Music Bowl

August 7-New Haven, CT-Westville Music Bowl

August 11-Pittsburgh, PA-Stage AE

August 13-14-Wellston, MI-Hoxeyville 2021

August 20-Chillicothe, IL-Summer Camp Music Festival

August 21-Indianapolis, IN-MacAllister Amphitheater at Garfield Park

August 28-Lexington, KY-Railbird Music Festival

September 3-Las Vegas, NV-Event Lawn at Virgin Hotels Las Vegas

September 4-Las Vegas, NV-Event Lawn at Virgin Hotels Las Vegas

September 8-Los Angeles, CA-The Belasco (SOLD OUT)

September 9-Oakland, CA-Fox Theater

September 10-Oakland, CA-Fox Theater

September 11-Stateline, NV-Montbleu Resort & Casino

September 12-Stateline, NV-Montbleu Resort & Casino

September 16-Spokane, WA-Spokane Pavilion at Riverfront

September 17-Portland, OR-McMenamins Edgefield Amphitheater

September 18-Seattle, WA-King County's Marymoor Park

September 19-Missoula, MT-KettleHouse Amphitheater

September 28-Wichita, KS-Wave

September 29-Oklahoma City, OK-The Jones Assembly

October 1-Memphis, TN-Mempho Music Fest

October 2-Bentonville, AR-Freshgrass Festival

October 14-Denver, CO-The Mission Ballroom (SOLD OUT)

October 15-Denver, CO-The Mission Ballroom (SOLD OUT)

October 16-Denver, CO-The Mission Ballroom (SOLD OUT)

October 29-Asheville, Arena (SOLD OUT)

October 30-Asheville, Arena (SOLD OUT)

October 31-Asheville, Arena (SOLD OUT)

*with Bill Kreutzmann's Billy & The Kids

Photo Credit: Jesse Faatz


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