KFAI Presents Billy Strings & Don Julin plus Gabe Barnett at The Dakota

Monday, January 19, 2015 - 7:00pm

KFAI is proud to sponsor Billy Strings and Don Julin at The Dakota on Monday, January 19th. 

Steel-String Virtuosity

Grassroots Folk Singer

with special guest local opener Gabe Barnett

About Billy Strings & Don Julin

Incendiary American roots duo Billy Strings & Don Julin tap into the vein of the earliest bluegrass music on their new album Fiddle Tune X,  back when bluegrass was a rough-and-tumble art form pouring out of the Appalachian mountains, made with great virtuosity and huge attitude. With just two instruments (guitar and mandolin) and one voice, this duo has been tearing up stages across America and generating huge buzz based on their intense live shows. Drenched in sweat, grimacing like a banshee, howling like a bluegrass berserker, and picking with such ferocity that he’s been known to break three strings in one song, 22 year old guitarist and singer Billy Strings could have tumbled out of coal country in the old mountains, tattoos and all, but actually hails from Michigan, where he met mandolinist Don Julin. Older in years and experience, Strings’ musical partner Julin has carved out a lengthy career at the forefront of acoustic mandolin music, known for his wide versatility, powerful picking technique, and remarkable creativity on this humble instrument. On stage, the two egg each other on to more and more intense riffs and improvised breaks, pushing harder and harder on their own abilities to try to break through to new levels of musicianship. There’s a reason that they were called “the unholy child of Pantera and Tony Rice” by The Bluegrass Situation, and they show this intensity on their new album, Fiddle Tune X.

Gabe Barnett

About Gabe Barnett

“In a land of 10,000 Woody Guthrie and Bob Dylan wannabes, Gabe Barnett seems like the most fitting victim to compare to those folk icons. But to do so would imply something less than genuine about this fiercely independent, grassroots folk singer. He embodies the spirit of the wandering troubadour, to be sure, but there are no gimmicks or mimicry to his music. When he sings, he stands up tall and raises his eyebrows toward the ceiling, projecting his words into the room with the unabashed earnestness that so many indie-folk kids are trying desperately to achieve. Barnett has stumbled onto the key that could unlock and then unravel the whole neo-folk movement: If you want to seem sincere, you have to mean it. He works as a full-time musician, surviving off the meager profits of his songs, traveling with a guitar on his back, so when he sings about the evils of consumerism and the search for freedom, his words carry weight. In true West Bank folk-singer tradition, catch him gigging at clubs like Palmer’s Bar and the new Acadia Cafe before the wind picks up and carries him away.” -City Pages(2009)
<a href="http://kfai.org/%3Ca%20href%3D"http://gabe-barnett.bandcamp.com/album/old-as-the-stars">Old">http://gabe-barnett.bandcamp.com/album/old-as-the-stars">Old As The Stars by Gabe Barnett & The Big House Rounders</a>


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Billy Strings & Don Julin

Monday, Jan 19, 2015

BOX OFFICE 612-332-5299

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