Bluegrass star Billy Strings announced a short Spring 2022 Tour on Tuesday (1/4).
The musician announced with stops in California, Las Vegas, Texas, and Florida. The Michigan native wraps up the short tour with a three-day visit to the legendary Ryman Auditorium in Nashville at the beginning of May (6,7,8).
Fans wanting to see him in New York are out of luck. Tickets are sold out for his first four tour dates at the Captial Theatre in Port Chester, N.Y. Strings already has shows planned for February.
Strings is also offering a presale password on social media at billystrings.com/tour.
Glide magazine also reported on the upcoming tour.
Strings Disappointed After New Year’s Shows Canceled
The bluegrass singer-guitarist, also known as William Apostol, was in Michigan visiting family and announced his final two 2021 shows (and Jan. 1) were off in Grand Rapids.
That came after the news that he had to cancel his Nashville “String the Halls” shows on Dec. 17 and Dec. 18 at Marathon Music Works.
“We got two or three key players on our team that are COVID positive right now, and they’re not going to be better by this weekend. We can’t pull the show off without them,” he said.
Billy Strings and his team mentioned the “health and safety of our loved ones (including his fans)” and decided to “sit this one out.”
“I feel really sh*#y about it and hope to make it up to you somehow,” Strings added.
Strings Top Honor From Michigan
Local Spins, a western Michigan website, named Strings their “Newsmaker of the Year” for 2021.
The magazine announced its decision in the final days of 2021.
Billy Strings came off a hot 2021 year with his first Grammy Award. He already earned the No. 1 bluegrass album of the year in 2020. The magazine’s March report on the star’s “Home” Grammy was their top read story of the year.
Apostol thanked his mom and dad in Ionia County during the online awards ceremony. He gave a shout-out to his band, his team, his sponsors, the academy, and co-producer Glenn Brown of East Lansing.
The Muir native also thanked “all the fans who come out to the shows and see us play.”
Strings topped several notable bluegrass stars for the award. The star beat out Danny Barnes (“Man on Fire”), Thomm Jutz (“To Live in Two Worlds, Vol. 1), Steep Canyon Rangers (“North Carolina Songbook”), and Various Artists (“The John Hartford Fiddle Tune Project, Vol. 1.
Earlier in the fall, Strings won “Entertainer of the Year” and “Guitar Player of the Year” honors from the International Bluegrass Music Association.
Another studio album, “Renewal,” also shot straight to No. 1 on the Billboard Bluegrass Albums chart.