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Interview:
Billy Strings at Majestic Theatre, 3 Things to Know
 

By Gary Graff
ggraff@medianewsgroup.com, @GraffonMusic on Twitte

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It's fair to say Billy Strings is in top form these days.



The Michigan-born Americana musician's second solo album, "Home," topped the Billboard Bluegrass and Heatseekers charts when it was released in September, building on the buzz he's been cultivating since he premiered as a duo with Don Julin seven years ago. Strings (née Apostol) has been getting international press acclaim, and he's become a fixture on the festival circuit around the United States.



Now residing in Nashville, he brings "Home" home this weekend — at least to his native state, where Strings will play two sold-out shows at the Majestic Theatre.



• Explaining that "there's a whole spectrum of interpretations of the word home," Strings says by phone that he chose it as an album title "because I'm 27 years old and the band is doing all right and I'm starting to get over the anxiety of becoming an adult, and I'm starting to feel at home in my life. But it's an open idea. It can mean anything to anybody."



• As for his own definition, Strings says, "When I think of home, I think of Michigan. I think of Lake Michigan and I think of Ionia and Grand Rapids and the time I spent growing up as a teenager and stuff like that. I think about where I come from. My family and everybody's up there, all my friends. So, yeah, that's home."



• The 14-song set, recorded in Nashville with producer Glenn Brown, offers a diverse array of music — which is exactly what Strings says he's after. "I listen to everything from bluegrass to classic rock to death metal. So when I'm writing songs it's just about allowing the music to be in charge and not force a song to go in a particular direction, but more follow my heart. By doing that I end up writing songs that are a lot different from each other and our albums sort of jump all over the place. I really don't know what the hell I'm doing, but I want it to be a broad spectrum of music — as long as it makes for a cohesive album and doesn't sound too crazy."



Billy Strings performs sold-out shows Friday and Saturday, Dec. 27-28, at the Majestic Theatre, 4140 Woodward Ave., Detroit. Doors at 8 p.m. Info at 313-833-9700 or majesticdetroit.com.

Web Site: www.majesticdetroit.com

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