Talented guitarist Billy Strings has announced a new album and this time the prolific six-string player enlists his father, Terry Barber, in the mix for a record they’ve called Me/And/Dadwhich is expected to drop on November 18.
To celebrate the news, Strings shared two new songs, “Long Journey Home” and “Life To Go,” which fans can check out below. The two also shared adorable family photos with the project.
The Grammy Award-winning Strings announced the new music on Monday (October 3), which also marks the musician’s 30th birthday. The new album is the first he has recorded with his father.
About the new project, Strings says: “As far back as I can remember, I wanted to make a record with my dad. I’ve been burning the highways for the past 12 years, and as time goes by you start thinking, “I need to save time.” It’s been a to-do list for me, something I was afraid I wouldn’t find the time to do. And that scared me; not making this record scared me.
According to a press release, the album is “the product of a longtime dream” and it “features new versions of fourteen bluegrass and country classics that the two have been playing together since Strings was a young child”.
The statement continues: “Produced by Strings and Gary Paczosa and recorded at Sound Emporium Studio in Nashville, the record finds Strings and Barber playing with familiar ease, naturally swapping leads both vocally and on guitar. In addition to Strings and Barber, the album features an all-star line-up including bassist Mike Bub, mandolinist Ron McCoury, banjo player Rob McCoury and fiddler Michael Cleveland as well as special appearances from Jerry Douglas, Jason Carter and the Strings’ mother, Debra Barber, who sings on the final track, “I Heard My Mother Weeping.”
The new record follows Strings’ widely acclaimed album, Renewal.
Check out Strings’ new singles, new family photos, upcoming LP tracklist and confirmed tour dates below.
ME/AND/DAD LIST OF TRACKS
1. Long Journey Home (traditional bluegrass)
2. Life To Go (written by George Jones)
3. Way Downtown (written by Doc Watson)
4. Little Flower (written by Hank Thompson)
5. Peartree (written by Arthel Lane “Doc” Watson, Gaither Carlton)
6. Stone Walls and Steel Bars (written by Ray Pennington, Roy Eugene Marcum)
7. Little White Church (written by Eugene Wellman)
8. Dig a little deeper (into the well) (written by Jody Emerson, Roger Bowling)
9. Wandering Boy (written by A.P. Carter)
10. John Deere Tractor (written by Lawrence Hammond)
11. Frosty Morn (traditional bluegrass)
12. I haven’t seen Mary in years (written by Damon Black)
13. Little Cabin Home On The Hill (written by Lester Flatt, Bill Monroe)
14. I Heard My Mother Cry (written by Carl Story, Lowell Blanchard)
BILLY STRINGS CONFIRMS TOUR DATES
October 6—Austin, TX—Stubb’s (SOLD OUT)
October 7-9—Austin, TX—Austin City Limits 2022
October 13—Austin, TX—Stubb’s (SOLD OUT)
October 14—Austin, TX—Austin City Limits 2022
October 15—Oklahoma City, OK—The Criterion (SOLD OUT)
October 29—Asheville, NC—ExporeAsheville.com Arena (SOLD OUT)
October 30—Asheville, NC—ExporeAsheville.com Arena (SOLD OUT)
October 31—Asheville, NC—ExporeAsheville.com Arena (SOLD OUT)
November 3—Kalamazoo, MI—Wings Event Center
November 4—Saginaw, MI—Dow Event Center
November 5—Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania—Petersen Events Center
November 9—Rochester, NY—Blue Cross Arena
November 11—Uniondale, NY—Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
November 12—Philadelphia, Pennsylvania—The Met (SOLD OUT)
November 13—Philadelphia, Pennsylvania—The Met (SOLD OUT)
November 16—Richmond, VA—Virginia Credit Union LIVE! (EXHAUSTED)
November 18—Washington, DC—The Anthem (SOLD OUT)
November 19—Washington, DC—The Anthem (SOLD OUT)
November 29—Oslo, Norway—Rockefeller Music Hall
Nov. 30—Copenhagen, Denmark—Vega
December 1—Stockholm, Sweden—Slaktkyrkan (SOLD OUT)
December 3—Berlin, Germany—Columbia Theater (SOLD OUT)
December 4—Amsterdam, Netherlands—Melkweg (SOLD OUT)
December 5—Cologne, Germany—Die Kantine
December 7—London, UK—O2 Forum Kentish Town (SOLD OUT)
December 8—Manchester, UK—O2 Ritz Manchester
December 9—Dublin, Ireland—The Academy (SOLD OUT)
December 11—Glasgow, UK—Galvanizers Yard (SOLD OUT)
December 30—New Orleans, LA—Lakefront Arena
December 31—New Orleans, LA—Lakefront Arena (SOLD OUT)
February 2—Broomfield, CO—1STBANK Center (SOLD OUT)
February 3—Broomfield, CO—1STBANK Center (SOLD OUT)
February 4—Broomfield, CO—1STBANK Center (SOLD OUT)
Photos via Sacks Co.