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Billy Strings Covers Cher, Black Sabbath During Final Night At Denver’s Mission Ballroom [Videos/Full Audio]

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Billy Strings returned to Denver, CO on Sunday for his fourth and final sold-out show at Mission Ballroom. Following a raucous Saturday night that saw an appearance from String Cheese Incident‘s Bill Nershi, Strings had one final offering for the Denver faithful.

Strings began the night with a cut from 2017’s Turmoil & Tinfoil, “Meet Me at the Creek”. A cover of William “Billy” Hayes‘ “I’ll Remember You, Love, in My Prayers” set up “Love & Regret”, which appeared on Strings’ latest hit studio effort, Renewal. “Run Down”, a tribute to the late Jeff Austin, came next before another Renewal original, “Heartbeat of America“.

The second half of set one included a run through Dan Fogelberg‘s “Along The Road”, Roy Acuff‘s “Streamline Cannonball”, Strings original “Show Me the Door”, and Jerry Reed‘s “The Likes of Me”. The Reed cover then segued into a special set-closing rendition of “Thunder”, the cross-generational collaboration featuring words by Robert Hunter and music by Billy Strings, which originally debuted during the Billy & The Kids Grateful Mahalo streams earlier this year.

Billy Strings – “Show Me the Door” – 10/17/21

[Video: Mic Lipp]

Strings returned for a second set focused on original material beginning with the Renewal track “Red Daisy”. Two tracks from 2019’s Grammy award-winning album, Home, followed with “Watch It Fall” and “Love Like Me”. Billy Strings, Billy Failing (banjo/vocals), Royal Masat (bass/vocals), and Jarrod Walker (mandolin/vocals/guitar) then took a shot at New Grass Revival‘s “Whisper My Name” before heading back to the originals “In the Morning Light” and “Away From the Mire”.

Billy Strings – “Away From the Mire” – 10/17/21

[Video: Kelly C]

Home‘s “Long Forgotten Dream” led to another Turmoil & Tinfoil track, “Spinning”, which the band segued into a cover of Black Sabbath‘s “Planet Caravan”. Strings then dug deep into his cover arsenal for a bust-out of Cher‘s “Believe” before capping set two with “Slow Train”, from Strings’ 2016 self-titled EP. After an encore break, Billy Strings returned to the Mission Ballroom stage and put the cherry on top of a successful weekend with Keith Allison‘s “Freeborn Man”.

Billy Strings – “Spinning” > “Planet Caravan” (Black Sabbath) – 10/17/21

[Video: Ohio Grown]

Below, check out an audio recording of the entire performance and scroll down for a complete setlist from the show. Billy Strings will continue his fall tour over Halloween weekend in Asheville, NC. Scroll down for a full list of tour dates and head here for tickets and more information.

Billy Strings – Mission Ballroom – Denver, CO – 10/17/21

[Audio: Brain]

Setlist: Billy Strings | Mission Ballroom | Denver, CO | 10/16/21

Set One: Meet Me at the Creek, I’ll Remember You, Love, In My Prayers (William “Billy” Hayes), Love & Regret, Run Down (Jeff Austin), Heartbeat of America, Along the Road (Dan Fogelberg, Streamline Cannonball (Roy Acuff cover), Show Me the Door, The Likes of Me (Jerry Reed), Thunder (Robert Hunter/Billy Strings)

Set Two: Red Daisy, Watch It Fall, Love Like Me, Whisper My Name (New Grass Revival), In the Morning Light, Away From the Mire, Long Forgotten Dream, Spinning > Planet Caravan (Black Sabbath cover), Believe (Cher), Slow Train

Encore: Freeborn Man (Keith Allison)

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Billy Strings 2021 Tour Dates

October 29—Asheville, NC—ExploreAsheville.com Arena
October 30—Asheville, NC—ExploreAsheville.com Arena
October 31—Asheville, NC—ExploreAsheville.com Arena
November 3—Milwaukee, WI—The Riverside Theater
November 4—Minneapolis, MN—The Palace Theatre
November 5—Minneapolis, MN—The Palace Theatre
November 6—Chicago, IL—Byline Bank Aragon Ballroom
November 10—Philadelphia, PA—The Fillmore
November 11—Philadelphia, PA—The Fillmore
November 12—Richmond, VA—Virginia Credit Union Live
November 13—Washington, DC—The Anthem
November 15—Portland, ME—State Theatre
November 16—Portland, ME—State Theatre
November 17—Boston, MA—Boch Center Wang Theatre
November 19—Wilkes-Barre, PA—Mohegan Sun Arena
November 20—Detroit, MI—The Fillmore
November 21—Detroit, MI—The Fillmore
November 30—New Orleans, LA—The Civic Theater
December 1—New Orleans, LA—The Civic Theater
December 2—Houston, TX—White Oak Music Hall
December 3—Austin, TX—ACL Live at The Moody Theater
December 4—Dallas, TX—The Factory in Deep Ellum
December 9—Atlanta, GA—The Eastern
December 10—Atlanta, GA—The Eastern
December 11—Atlanta, GA—The Eastern
December 12—Atlanta, GA—The Eastern
December 17—Nashville, TN—Marathon Music Works
December 18—Nashville, TN—Marathon Music Works
December 30—Grand Rapids, MI—GLC Live at 20 Monroe
December 31—Grand Rapids, MI—GLC Live at 20 Monroe
January 1, 2022—Grand Rapids, MI—GLC Live at 20 Monroe

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