Billy Strings: "I see a lot of similarities between metal guitar and mandolin, especially in tremolo picking"

Billy Strings goes ballistic on a Preston Thompson dreadnought (Image credit: Jesse Faatz)

Billy Strings has already packed a lifetime’s worth of flatpicking into his 27 years - and that’s no exaggeration. Born William Apostol, the Michigan native, who just released his second solo album, Home, was immersed in the sounds of bluegrass legends like Bill Monroe, Ralph Stanley and Doc Watson practically from birth by his father. By the age of three, he was playing guitar himself. 

“My dad taught me G, C and D and gave me a capo, and I could play just about any bluegrass song,” Strings says.

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Richard Bienstock

Rich is the co-author of the best-selling Nöthin' But a Good Time: The Uncensored History of the '80s Hard Rock Explosion. He is also a recording and performing musician, and a former editor of Guitar World magazine and executive editor of Guitar Aficionado magazine. He has authored several additional books, among them Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, the companion to the documentary of the same name.