Billy Strings

Imagine taking a hardcore heavy metal band like Pantera and cramming all that energy into the body of a 21-year-old bluegrass guitarist. That’s Billy Strings. He tears up the stage during his set, grimacing, growling, head-banging and tearing the holy sh*t out of a set of super-charged Americana. Kid can pick! DAMN can he pick! It’s acoustic music with a punk edge and a lot of youthful enthusiasm and, oh man, that PICKING! Strings covers a wide variety of classic tunes and songs in his show, from a slow-burning cover of “Wild Bill Jones” to a raw cover of “Cocaine Blues” or picking delights like “Red Haired Boy” and “Soldier’s Joy.” But the standout track is the opening song, “Dust in a Baggie”, a cleverly written mountain song about meth that manages to take a very current and destructive issue and translate it into the bluegrass vernacular. It’s a tour-de-force, written by Strings himself, and is the moment you realize just how far this kid’s gonna go.” — D.L. “The Bluegrass Situation”

Event Details:

  • When: Saturday, September 10th
  • Time: 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
  • Location: Belmont Abbey College Island
  • Cost: Free and open to the public
  • Weather: This event will proceed rain or shine

Questions / Comments

  1. Dave Hamrick September 10, 2016 at 12:01 pm

    Is there going to be an opener? If so when does it start?

    • usnwcadmin September 16, 2016 at 3:28 pm

      Hi Dave, all River Jam events have only one performer per date.

  2. Tiffany Taylor September 9, 2016 at 3:33 pm

    I was invited last Saturday to the WWC, I had never been before! Needless to say I was totally blown away. I didn’t bring my walker and would love to come again but I was told that there is a lot of walking, can you let me know if I can bring my walker to assist me on my walk to the top. Do you have a place just to swim? Also, once I pay for one thing does that cover other things? Thanks so much, Tiffany

    • usnwcadmin September 16, 2016 at 3:27 pm

      Hey Tiffany, you are welcome to bring your walker and that is true that our complex is quite large so please prepare accordingly. We do not have a swimming section but we do offer Open Water Swim on Thursday evenings through the end of September in the Catawba River. Given your question, we would recommend purchasing an AllSport ($59-all land, flatwater and whitewater activities) or CoolSport ($49-all land and flatwater activities) day pass. Please see the Activity Passes page for more information.

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