Just two days after announcing their first new album in 9 years, bluegrass trio Nickel Creek have been revealed as one of Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion 2023's headlining acts.
Margo Price, whose fourth studio LP Strays is currently atop the Americana albums chart, has also been tapped as a featured artist for the three-day event this fall.
Set for Sept. 8-10 in downtown Bristol, which lies on the Tennessee and Virginia border, the festival will mark its 23rd year with an impressive roster of musical talent.
Allison Russell, the Mavericks, Bruce Hornsby & the Noisemakers, Watchhouse, Amythyst Kiah, Larkin Poe, 49 Winchester, and Walderado are also set to perform. Additional acts are expected to be announced in the months ahead.
The annual event celebrates the lasting impact of producer Ralph Peer's historic Bristol Sessions. In 1927, Peer recruited artists from the region to perform in his studio, leading to the first documented recordings of Jimmie Rodgers and the Carter Family.
Multi-day passes and VIP packages for Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion 2023 are currently on sale and available at BristolRhythm.com.
Top 10 Billy Strings Songs
is one of those once-in-a-generation artists who revitalize their genre with the scope of their talent and original perspective.
While to some, it may have seemed like Strings appeared on the bluegrass scene suddenly, his connection to the genre was far from new. Strings began playing guitar at five years old, thanks to the influence of his father, Terry Barber. Strings learned the bluegrass songs that were the soundtrack to his rowdy family's life, along with metal and classic rock favorites.
Born and raised in a small town in Michigan, Strings' childhood was marked by difficult losses and hard times as his parents struggled with meth addiction. As a young adult, Strings dealt with his own addiction issues but was later able to find sobriety.
He eventually left home and found his way to Nashville, where he gained his first exposure playing with mandolin player Don Julin. After four years with Julin, Strings went solo. Critical acclaim quickly followed.
From 2016 to 2022, Strings released one EP and four albums. Two of his records, 2019's Home and 2021's Renewal, have been nominated for Grammy Awards, with Home earning the top prize. He has also won an Americana Music Award and numerous International Bluegrass Music Awards, among other significant accolades.
At the young age of 30, Strings has created a remarkable legacy, and we can't wait to see where he goes from here.