Billy Strings gives fans a heavy solo performance in San Diego

Photo by Jesse Faatz

Last night Billy Strings performed at the Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theater in San Diego, CA.

The Strings kicked off the evening with the traditional tune “Come Down the Mountain Katie Daly” and continued with a track from the 2021s Renewal, “This Old World.” Next, the band performed a chained couple of “Taking Water” and “Running the Route,” which led to a cover of The Dillards’ “Ernest T. Grass.”

The show continued with “Secrets” and “Born to Be With You,” before Strings burst into a cover of the touching Grateful Dead ballad, “China Doll.” Next, the group, which also includes Billy Failing, Jarrod Walker and Royal Masat, covered “Highway Hypnosis”, followed by the energetic 1966 Beatles track “And Your Bird Can Sing”. The ensemble then covered “Ride Me High” and “Everything’s the Same” by JJ Cale, taken from Strings’ fourth studio album, Residence.

Instead of breaking up in the middle of the set, Strings and banjoist Failing burst into “Dos Banjos,” showcasing their talent on string instruments. Next, the bluegrass frontman performed a series of solo tracks. The latter started with Strings on his banjo, performing “Whistling Rufus” and “Reuben’s Train”. Next, he took Doc Watson’s “Crawdad Hole.” Strings ditched his banjo and took his guitar for the final solo selection, which included “Ragtime Annie,” “John Henry,” and his 2019 original “Guitar Peace.” Strings capped off the solo set by welcoming the entire band on stage for a cover of Pink Floyd’s “Fearless.”

The second half of the show continued with “Hollow Heart” and “Love & Regret”. Strings then performed fan-favorite “Dust in a Baggie” before continuing with a selection of covers that began with a cover of John Hartford’s “All Fall Down”, Irving Berlin’s “Blue Skies”, and finally a cover of The String Cheese. The “dark clouds” of the incident. Strings wrapped up the Southern California gig with “Wargasm.”

Strings debuted at Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas on Friday night. In what has become normal for a Strings show, the setlist was interspersed with covers of traditional tracks and a well-synthesized selection of originals that span the depths of his impressive discography. Next, the musician and his band will travel to Houston to perform at 713 Music Hall on April 21. Tickets are still available and can be purchased here.

See the full setlist below.

Billy strings

Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theater – San Diego, CA.

April 16, 2022
Adjust: Run Down the Mountain Katie Daly, The Old World, Taking Water > Running the Route, Ernest T. Grass > Secrets, Born to Be With You, China Doll, Highway Hypnosis, And Your Bird Can Sing, Ride Me High, Everything Is the Same, Dos Banjos, Whistling Rufus, Reuben’s Train, Crawdad Hole, Ragtime Annie, John Henry, Guitar Peace, Fearless, Hollow Heart, Love & Regret, Dust in a Baggie, All Fall Down, Blue Skies, Black Clouds, Wargasm

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