“Thanks to the best guitar player on planet Earth”: Post Malone surprises Bonnaroo by calling up bluegrass virtuoso Billy Strings for a pyro-fueled guest spot

(L-R) Post Malone and Billy Strings perform during the 2024 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival on June 14, 2024 in Manchester, Tennessee
(Image credit: Douglas Mason/Getty Images)

Post Malone's Friday headline set at Bonnaroo was chock-full of hits. However, it was also given a bluegrass twist thanks to guitarist Billy Strings, who joined Malone on stage for a bluegrass-tinged rendition of a couple of Malone's tracks.

Malone, an admitted Strings superfan, gave the guitarist his moment when the silhouette of Strings and his acoustic guitar, a 2017 Preston Thompson DBA, appeared in the middle of the pyro-fueled rendition of 2017's Rockstar. Strings proceeded to add his signature bluegrass textures to Malone's hit track.

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Janelle Borg

Janelle is a staff writer at GuitarWorld.com. After a long stint in classical music, Janelle discovered the joys of playing guitar in dingy venues at the age of 13 and has never looked back. Janelle has written extensively about the intersection of music and technology, and how this is shaping the future of the music industry. She also had the pleasure of interviewing Dream Wife, K.Flay, Yīn Yīn, and Black Honey, among others. When she's not writing, you'll find her creating layers of delicious audio lasagna with her art-rock/psych-punk band ĠENN.