Billy Strings recently shared a pro-shot clip of “Thunder,” a tune he fashioned out of a set of lost Robert Hunter lyrics.
Strings was assigned the tune by friend/mentor Bill Kreutzmann, and it first manifested during the Grateful Dead drummer’s Grateful Mahalo birthday celebration.
Since then, Strings has revived the tune – as seen here in Louisville – giving it an entirely new life.
“I was blown out of the atmosphere when Billy Kreutzmann said he wanted me to take a crack at writing the music to these lyrics by the late great Robert Hunter,” Strings recalled, alongside the clip. “I cried like a baby for like an hour after I hung up the phone. I can’t recall a time being so overcome with joyful emotion. This happened on a day when I was really doubting myself as well. Thank you Billy K for trusting me with this.. it is seriously such an honor. Hope we play it again at Red Rocks next month!!”
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