Jason Riedmiller

PHOTOS: Billy Strings at F.M. Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre, 01/29/18

PHOTOS: Billy Strings at F.M. Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre, 01/29/18
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Young bluegrass virtuoso Billy Strings returned to the F.M. Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre to play the “Live from the Chandelier Lobby” concert series on Monday, Jan. 29, showing off why Rolling Stone named him one of the “10 New Country Artists You Need to Know” last year with another skillful six-string performance.

Averaging over 200 shows a year, Strings sold out several upcoming dates of his winter tour before this local gig, supporting Greensky Bluegrass and The Travelin’ McCourys on the road while making some solo and festival stops with his band. His impressive guitar playing and heartfelt songs resonated with Cabinet fans at the Susquehanna Breakdown Music Festival in Scranton last May, so he was back in the area for his first Kirby Center show in July.

Born in Michigan as William Apostol, the Nashville-based singer/songwriter continues to make waves in the jam, bluegrass, folk, and country music scenes as he rides off the critical acclaim for his live shows and debut full-length album, “Turmoil & Tinfoil,” which came out in September. With friends, a manager, and plenty of fans in Northeastern Pennsylvania, expect to see Strings back here sooner rather than later.

See NEPA Scene’s photos from the 2017 Susquehanna Breakdown here.