Photo by Jesse Faatz
Last night, Billy Strings began his Red Rocks Amphitheatre run in Morrison, Colo. Bluegrass’ golden boy put on a full-fledged display of talent and musical ability amongst the natural splendor of the fabled venue. The evening featured several covers and fan favorites that kept the crowd engaged and on their feet.
Set one got underway with “Away From the Mire,” a tune off 2019’s Home, and continued with “Long Forgotten Dream” ahead of a segued pairing of 2017’s “Living Like an Animal” into Emmit-Nershi Band’s “New Country Blues.” Then, Strings led the band through a continuation of songs that began with “While I’m Waiting Here” into Jerry Reed’s “The Likes of Me,” followed by “Pyramid Country” and “Secrets.”
Next, Strings served up a taste of his fifth studio album with “Leaders” and ended the first music set with “Wargasam.” The second set kicked off with a pair of segued tunes: “Fire on My Tongue” into “Bronzeback.” Then, the ensemble delivered “Fire Line” before ripping into “Running The Route.” “In the Morning Light” came ahead of a cover of Widespread Panic’s “All Time Low.” The latter segued into a take on John Hartford’s “Steam Powered Aereo Plane” and Chris Henry’s “West Dakota Rose.”
The latter half of Strings’ second set included a tune off the 2016’s self-titled EP, “Slow Train.” Then, the band took on a cover of George Gershwin’s “Summertime” before performing the set’s final song, “Turmoil & Tinfoil.” Finally, after a brief break, the band returned to the stage to perform two covers for their Red Rocks night one encore. The first was The Doc Watson Family’s “And Am I Born to Die?” which was proceeded by Arlie Duff’s “Y’all Come.”
Strings will continue his Red Rocks Amphitheatre run tonight, followed by a one-night stand at the Mission Ballroom in Denver. Both concerts are available to livestream. To check in on the action, visit fans.live.
Red Rocks Amphitheatre– Morrison, Colo.
May 12, 2022
Set I: Away From the Mire, Long Forgotten Dream, Living Like an Animal > New Country Blues, While I’m Here > The Likes of Me > Pyramid Country > Secrets, Leaders, Wargasm
Set II: Fire on My Tongue > Bronzeback, Fire Line > Running the Route, In the Morning Light, All Time Low > Steam Powered Aereo Plane, West Dakota Rose, Slow Train, Summertime, Turmoil & Tinfoil
Enc.: And Am I Born to Die?, Y’all Come