Billy Strings is an American guitarist and bluegrass musician. He won a Grammy Award in 2021.
Mini Bio on Billy Strings
Billy Strings was born William Lee Apostol on October 3, 1992, in Lansing, Michigan. His father died of a heroin overdose when he was two and his mother remarried Terry Barber, an accomplished amateur bluegrass musician. Billy regards Barber as his father. The family moved to Morehead, Kentucky, then to Muir, Michigan. While he was still a pre-teen his parents became addicted to methamphetamine. He left the family home at the age of thirteen and himself went through a period of hard-drug usage. His family eventually achieved sobriety; Billy stopped using hard drugs and drinking alcohol.
Barber was a heavy influence on his stepson, introducing him to traditional bluegrass artists at a young age, including Doc Watson, Del McCoury, David Grisman, Bill Monroe, John Hartford, Ralph Stanley, Earl Scruggs, and Larry Sparks. Strings is also a rock and metal fan, influenced by Jimi Hendrix, Johnny Winter, Widespread Panic, Phish, Grateful Dead, Def Leppard, Between the Buried and Me, and Black Sabbath, and played in hard rock and indie rock bands in his teens.
Apostol got his stage name Billy Strings from his aunt, who saw his ability on multiple traditional bluegrass instruments.
Who is Billy Strings Wife?
Billy is not married but the singer has been in a long-term relationship with Ally Dale, and the couple is not afraid to show their fans they love each other going by the activities on their social media.
His fiancé is Ally Dale, and the two have been through a lot together, judging by the singer’s statements. Billy Strings and Ally Dale have been together since 2014. The singer once revealed that she supported him before he became famous. Rumors of their engagement caused a stir on the internet. They were caused by constantly showing their love for each other in public.
Even though this elicited some curiosity since many did not expect her to be his tour manager, his fans were excited. It is always fun when a couple is involved in the same industry that makes them always be together, like Strings and Alley.
During an interview, Strings talked about his fiancé’s role as the group’s tour manager. He admitted that she chose to step down from the role since they got a new person, Jason, who was stepping in for her. As for Ally, she decided to pursue other things, and the singer considered it amazing since he always wanted her to pursue other projects. When talking about her work as a tour manager, the artist stated that when she joined the group, the group was small and initially fit in a van.
Billy Strings has been invited to play on stage with artists including Dierks Bentley, Del McCoury, Bill Kreutzmann, Bob Weir, David Grisman, Larry Keel, Sam Bush, The Marcus King Band, Greensky Bluegrass, The Infamous Stringdusters, The String Cheese Incident, Leftover Salmon, Widespread Panic and more. He has performed at festivals including Hookahville, Blue Ox, Pickathon, Merlefest, DelFest, High Sierra Music Festival, Lollapalooza, Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival, Telluride Bluegrass Festival, John Hartford Memorial Festival, Aiken Bluegrass Festival, Appaloosa Music Festival, Wheatland Music Festival, Red Wing Roots Music Festival, Bristol Rhythm & Roots, Rooster Walk, French Broad River Festival, Makers Trail Festival, Under the Big Sky Festival, and the All Good Presents 4848 Festival. At Grey Fox, he served as their very first artist in residence in 2017 and 2018. Strings has appeared on famous PBS musical TV programs Austin City Limits and Bluegrass Underground. He has toured with Greensky Bluegrass, The Infamous Stringdusters, Leftover Salmon, I’m With Her, Cabinet and others.
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