Billy Strings - Me and Dad LP (clear smoke)
"As long as I can remember I wanted to make a record with my dad," Billy Strings says, his dad, Terry Barber, seated next to him. "I've been burning up and down the highways the last 12 years, and as time slips away, you start thinking, 'I need to make time.' It's been a bucket list thing for me, something I've been afraid I wouldn't find the time to do. And that scared me; not doing this record scared me."
That dream of coming together to make a proper studio album is finally realized with Me and Dad -- out November 18 on Rounder Records. It's a collection of 14 classics that Billy and Terry know like the back of their hands, from Doc Watson and Bill Monroe songs to hymns and traditional classics. It's the music that literally and figuratively made Billy the musician and human he is today with the finished album representing a lifelong goal finally achieved: a way for the Grammy-winning musician to honor the man who taught him how to play guitar.
Earlier this year, in the midst of his seemingly nonstop touring schedule, Billy brought his father from their native Michigan to Nashville's Sound Emporium studios, along with an all-star band including bassist Mike Bub, mandolinist Ron McCoury, banjo player Rob McCoury, and fiddler Michael Cleveland. Jerry Douglas and Jason Carter sat in too.
Release date 11.18.22
Long Journey Home
Life To Go
Stone Walls and Steel Bars
Little White Church
Dig A Little Deeper (In The Well)
John Deere Tractor
I Haven't Seen Mary In Years
Little Cabin Home On The Hill
Heard My Mother Weeping