When then 19 year old Billy Strings moved to Don Julin’s hometown of Traverse City, Michigan, some friends told Don to ‘check this kid out’. He did, and after the performance introduced himself to Billy and suggested that they get together and pick some time. After a single rehearsal the duo has been playing a mix of traditional and original bluegrass tunes all across the country.
Billy began playing guitar when he was 4. His father would play Doc Watson tunes at parties and family gatherings and Billy learned guitar so he could play along. Today he is 21 and considered a musician to watch in the folk/bluegrass world. Don Julin has mastered the mandolin and his skill on the instrument combined with his knowledge of the music business world really makes the duo work well together. They were recently signed by Crossover Touring.
Their show is full of energy – the mix of Billy’s extraordinary picking, his powerful voice (mature beyond his years), Don’s mandolin picking and harmonies, and the chemistry between the two musicians – leaves the audience wanting more.
Below is an audio file of “Beaumont Rag” from their 2014 release “Fiddle Tune X”.
To RSVP check in with Tim at 717-940-9311 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. $15/20 donation at the door. Potluck at 6 pm, Show at 7 pm. If you know someone who can’t get enough of great guitar and mandolin picking, or extreme sports, make sure you bring them along.