Billy Strings Me/And/Dad

Rebecca Varidel
21st Nov 2022

Me/And/Dad is GRAMMY Award-winning singer, songwriter and musician Billy Strings’ first album with his father, Terry Barber. It is out today on Rounder Records.

Big news in Country, Bluegrass and Americana circles is the new album from BILLY STRINGS the young man who recently won ARTIST OF THE YEAR at the AMERICANA AWARDS and, not so long-ago, BLUEGRASS ALBUM OF THE YEAR at the GRAMMYS.

Me/And/Dad recorded with the man who taught Billy to play, his dad, is a gorgeous dip into classic bluegrass and country and a joy to listen to from start to finish.

The product of a longtime dream, the record features new versions of fourteen bluegrass and country classics that the two have been playing together since Strings was a young child.

“As long as I can remember, I wanted to make a record with my dad. I’ve been burning up and down the highways the last 12 years, and as time slips away, you start thinking, ‘I need to make time.’ It’s been a bucket list thing for me, something I’ve been afraid I wouldn’t find the time to do. And that scared me; not doing this record scared me” Strings reflects.

Produced by Strings and Gary Paczosa and recorded at Nashville’s Sound Emporium Studio Me/And/Dad finds Strings and Barber playing with familiar ease, naturally trading off leads both vocally and on guitar. In addition to Strings and Barber, the album features an all-star band including bassist Mike Bub, mandolinist Ron McCoury, banjo player Rob McCoury and fiddler Michael Cleveland as well as special guest appearances by Jerry Douglas, Jason Carter and Strings’ mother, Debra Barber, who sings on the final track I Heard My Mother Weeping.

1. Long Journey Home (bluegrass traditional)
2. Life To Go (written by George Jones)
3. Way Downtown (written by Doc Watson)
4. Little Blossom (written by Hank Thompson)
5. Peartree (written by Arthel Lane “Doc” Watson, Gaither Carlton)
6. Stone Walls and Steel Bars (written by Ray Pennington, Roy Eugene Marcum)
7. Little White Church (written by Eugene Wellman)
8. Dig A Little Deeper (In The Well) (written by Jody Emerson, Roger Bowling)
9. Wandering Boy (written by A.P. Carter)
10. John Deere Tractor (written by Lawrence Hammond)
11. Frosty Morn (bluegrass traditional)
12. I Haven’t Seen Mary In Years (written by Damon Black)
13. Little Cabin Home On The Hill (written by Lester Flatt, Bill Monroe)
14. Heard My Mother Weeping (written by Carl Story, Lowell Blanchard

In celebration of the release, a new mini-doc is debuting today, which captures Strings and Barber throughout the record making process.