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Me/And/Dad is an instant classic; you can simply feel that it's an important record that will be essential in Billy Strings' discography. The bluegrass protegé—né William Lee Apostol—teams up with his stepdad, accomplished guitarist Terry Barber, for a celebration of the songs they've played almost their whole life together, and a love letter to their father-son relationship. "Terry raised me and taught me how to wipe my ass, tie my shoes, and play guitar. That’s my fucking dad," Billy has said. (Barber raised the acoustic guitarist from the time Billy was three, after the boy’s birth father died of a heroin overdose.) Their harmonies are chillingly perfect on tracks like "John Deere Tractor" (made famous by another familial duo, the Judds) and a spirited cover of Doc Watson's "Way Downtown"—boosted by lightning fast-picking, a piercing fiddle solo by Michael Cleveland and yet another show of family ties: mandolinist Ronnie McCoury and banjo player Rob McCoury, the sons of towering bluegrass guitarist Del McCoury. Speaking of guitars, Barber plays his old Martin acoustic on the album; he had pawned it years ago for money to support his family, then Billy eventually tracked it down and brought it home. ("I've never been so dumbstruck in my life," Barber has said.) Strings' voice is as bracing as the water from a cold, clear stream on songs like "Dig a Little Deeper (In the Well)," while "Little White Church" showcases Barber's rough-hewn beauty. "Wandering Boy" is a heartwrencher in his hands, given the knowledge that Billy, like his parents, once struggled with alcohol and drug abuse: "Where is my wandering boy tonight/ The boy of my tenderest care/ The boy that was once my joy and light/ The child of my love and prayer." There are jailhouse laments (George Jones' "Life to Go"; "Stone Walls and Steel Bars," made famous by the Stanley Brothers), instrumentals (Celtic traditional "Frosty Morn" and a crisp, clean cover of Doc Watson's "Peartree") and, across-the-board, honey-rich dobro from Union Station legend Jerry Douglas. Opening traditional "Long Journey Home" has a tone as bright and shiny as a new penny, and closer "I Heard My Mother Weeping" expands the circle to include vocals from Billy's mom and Barber's wife, Debora, the one who really deserves credit for bringing together this unified pair. © Shelly Ridenour/Qobuz

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1
Long Journey Home
00:02:57

Michael Cleveland, Fiddle, AssociatedPerformer - Traditional, ComposerLyricist - Jerry Douglas, Dobro, AssociatedPerformer - Neal Cappellino, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ronnie McCoury, Mandolin, AssociatedPerformer - Gary Paczosa, Producer, Mixer, Recording Producer, StudioPersonnel - Brandon Bell, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jason Carter, Fiddle, AssociatedPerformer - Mike Bub, Upright Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Rob McCoury, Banjo, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Blakemore, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Billy Strings, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, Recording Producer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Terry Barber, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Skyler Chuckry, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Debora Apostle, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2022 Billy Strings, LLC.

2
Life To Go
00:03:06

Michael Cleveland, Fiddle, AssociatedPerformer - Jerry Douglas, Dobro, AssociatedPerformer - GEORGE JONES, ComposerLyricist - Neal Cappellino, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ronnie McCoury, Mandolin, AssociatedPerformer - Gary Paczosa, Producer, Mixer, Recording Producer, StudioPersonnel - Brandon Bell, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jason Carter, Fiddle, AssociatedPerformer - Mike Bub, Upright Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Rob McCoury, Banjo, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Blakemore, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Billy Strings, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, Recording Producer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Terry Barber, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Skyler Chuckry, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Debora Apostle, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2022 Billy Strings, LLC.

3
Way Downtown
00:03:07

Michael Cleveland, Fiddle, AssociatedPerformer - Jerry Douglas, Dobro, AssociatedPerformer - Neal Cappellino, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ronnie McCoury, Mandolin, AssociatedPerformer - Gary Paczosa, Producer, Mixer, Recording Producer, StudioPersonnel - Brandon Bell, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jason Carter, Fiddle, AssociatedPerformer - Mike Bub, Upright Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Rob McCoury, Banjo, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Blakemore, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Billy Strings, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, Recording Producer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Terry Barber, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Skyler Chuckry, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Debora Apostle, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Arthel Lane “Doc” Watson, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2022 Billy Strings, LLC.

4
Little Blossom
00:03:11

Michael Cleveland, Fiddle, AssociatedPerformer - Jerry Douglas, Dobro, AssociatedPerformer - Neal Cappellino, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ronnie McCoury, Mandolin, AssociatedPerformer - Hank Thompson, Composer - Gary Paczosa, Producer, Mixer, Recording Producer, StudioPersonnel - Brandon Bell, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jason Carter, Fiddle, AssociatedPerformer - Mike Bub, Upright Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Rob McCoury, Banjo, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Blakemore, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Billy Strings, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, Recording Producer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Terry Barber, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Skyler Chuckry, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Debora Apostle, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2022 Billy Strings, LLC.

5
Peartree
00:03:32

Michael Cleveland, Fiddle, AssociatedPerformer - Jerry Douglas, Dobro, AssociatedPerformer - Neal Cappellino, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ronnie McCoury, Mandolin, AssociatedPerformer - Gary Paczosa, Producer, Mixer, Recording Producer, StudioPersonnel - Brandon Bell, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jason Carter, Fiddle, AssociatedPerformer - Doc Watson, ComposerLyricist - Mike Bub, Upright Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Rob McCoury, Banjo, AssociatedPerformer - Gaither Carlton, ComposerLyricist - Paul Blakemore, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Billy Strings, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, Recording Producer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Terry Barber, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Skyler Chuckry, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Debora Apostle, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2022 Billy Strings, LLC.

6
Stone Walls And Steel Bars
00:02:08

Ray Pennington, ComposerLyricist - Michael Cleveland, Fiddle, AssociatedPerformer - Jerry Douglas, Dobro, AssociatedPerformer - Neal Cappellino, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ronnie McCoury, Mandolin, AssociatedPerformer - Gary Paczosa, Producer, Mixer, Recording Producer, StudioPersonnel - Brandon Bell, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jason Carter, Fiddle, AssociatedPerformer - Mike Bub, Upright Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Rob McCoury, Banjo, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Blakemore, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Billy Strings, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, Recording Producer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Terry Barber, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Skyler Chuckry, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Debora Apostle, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Roy Eugene Marcum, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2022 Billy Strings, LLC.

7
Little White Church
00:03:21

Michael Cleveland, Fiddle, AssociatedPerformer - Jerry Douglas, Dobro, AssociatedPerformer - Neal Cappellino, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ronnie McCoury, Mandolin, AssociatedPerformer - Gary Paczosa, Producer, Mixer, Recording Producer, StudioPersonnel - Brandon Bell, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jason Carter, Fiddle, AssociatedPerformer - Mike Bub, Upright Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Rob McCoury, Banjo, AssociatedPerformer - Eugene Wellman, ComposerLyricist - Paul Blakemore, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Billy Strings, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, Recording Producer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Terry Barber, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Skyler Chuckry, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Debora Apostle, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2022 Billy Strings, LLC.

8
Dig A Little Deeper (In The Well)
00:03:13

Roger Bowling, ComposerLyricist - Michael Cleveland, Fiddle, AssociatedPerformer - Jerry Douglas, Dobro, AssociatedPerformer - Neal Cappellino, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ronnie McCoury, Mandolin, AssociatedPerformer - Gary Paczosa, Producer, Mixer, Recording Producer, StudioPersonnel - Brandon Bell, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jason Carter, Fiddle, AssociatedPerformer - Jody Emerson, ComposerLyricist - Mike Bub, Upright Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Rob McCoury, Banjo, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Blakemore, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Billy Strings, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, Recording Producer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Terry Barber, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Skyler Chuckry, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Debora Apostle, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2022 Billy Strings, LLC.

9
Wandering Boy
00:03:40

Michael Cleveland, Fiddle, AssociatedPerformer - A.P. CARTER, ComposerLyricist - Jerry Douglas, Dobro, AssociatedPerformer - Neal Cappellino, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ronnie McCoury, Mandolin, AssociatedPerformer - Gary Paczosa, Producer, Mixer, Recording Producer, StudioPersonnel - Brandon Bell, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jason Carter, Fiddle, AssociatedPerformer - Mike Bub, Upright Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Rob McCoury, Banjo, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Blakemore, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Billy Strings, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, Recording Producer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Terry Barber, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Skyler Chuckry, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Debora Apostle, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2022 Billy Strings, LLC.

10
John Deere Tractor
00:04:31

Michael Cleveland, Fiddle, AssociatedPerformer - Jerry Douglas, Dobro, AssociatedPerformer - Neal Cappellino, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ronnie McCoury, Mandolin, AssociatedPerformer - Gary Paczosa, Producer, Mixer, Recording Producer, StudioPersonnel - Brandon Bell, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jason Carter, Fiddle, AssociatedPerformer - Mike Bub, Upright Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Rob McCoury, Banjo, AssociatedPerformer - Lawrence Hammond, ComposerLyricist - Paul Blakemore, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Billy Strings, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, Recording Producer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Terry Barber, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Skyler Chuckry, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Debora Apostle, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2022 Billy Strings, LLC.

11
Frosty Morn
00:02:48

Michael Cleveland, Fiddle, AssociatedPerformer - Traditional, ComposerLyricist - Jerry Douglas, Dobro, AssociatedPerformer - Neal Cappellino, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ronnie McCoury, Mandolin, AssociatedPerformer - Gary Paczosa, Producer, Mixer, Recording Producer, StudioPersonnel - Brandon Bell, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jason Carter, Fiddle, AssociatedPerformer - Mike Bub, Upright Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Rob McCoury, Banjo, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Blakemore, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Billy Strings, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, Recording Producer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Terry Barber, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Skyler Chuckry, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Debora Apostle, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2022 Billy Strings, LLC.

12
I Haven't Seen Mary In Years
00:02:49

Michael Cleveland, Fiddle, AssociatedPerformer - Jerry Douglas, Dobro, AssociatedPerformer - Neal Cappellino, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ronnie McCoury, Mandolin, AssociatedPerformer - Gary Paczosa, Producer, Mixer, Recording Producer, StudioPersonnel - Brandon Bell, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jason Carter, Fiddle, AssociatedPerformer - Damon Black, ComposerLyricist - Mike Bub, Upright Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Rob McCoury, Banjo, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Blakemore, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Billy Strings, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, Recording Producer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Terry Barber, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Skyler Chuckry, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Debora Apostle, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2022 Billy Strings, LLC.

13
Little Cabin Home On The Hill
00:03:22

Michael Cleveland, Fiddle, AssociatedPerformer - Bill Monroe, Composer - Jerry Douglas, Dobro, AssociatedPerformer - Neal Cappellino, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ronnie McCoury, Mandolin, AssociatedPerformer - Gary Paczosa, Producer, Mixer, Recording Producer, StudioPersonnel - Brandon Bell, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Lester Flatt, Composer - Jason Carter, Fiddle, AssociatedPerformer - Mike Bub, Upright Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Rob McCoury, Banjo, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Blakemore, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Billy Strings, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, Recording Producer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Terry Barber, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Skyler Chuckry, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Debora Apostle, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2022 Billy Strings, LLC.

14
I Heard My Mother Weeping
00:03:04

Carl Story, ComposerLyricist - Michael Cleveland, Fiddle, AssociatedPerformer - Jerry Douglas, Dobro, AssociatedPerformer - Neal Cappellino, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ronnie McCoury, Mandolin, AssociatedPerformer - Gary Paczosa, Producer, Mixer, Recording Producer, StudioPersonnel - Brandon Bell, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jason Carter, Fiddle, AssociatedPerformer - Mike Bub, Upright Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Rob McCoury, Banjo, AssociatedPerformer - Lowell Blanchard, ComposerLyricist - Paul Blakemore, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Billy Strings, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, Recording Producer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Terry Barber, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Skyler Chuckry, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Debora Apostle, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2022 Billy Strings, LLC.

Album Description

Me/And/Dad is an instant classic; you can simply feel that it's an important record that will be essential in Billy Strings' discography. The bluegrass protegé—né William Lee Apostol—teams up with his stepdad, accomplished guitarist Terry Barber, for a celebration of the songs they've played almost their whole life together, and a love letter to their father-son relationship. "Terry raised me and taught me how to wipe my ass, tie my shoes, and play guitar. That’s my fucking dad," Billy has said. (Barber raised the acoustic guitarist from the time Billy was three, after the boy’s birth father died of a heroin overdose.) Their harmonies are chillingly perfect on tracks like "John Deere Tractor" (made famous by another familial duo, the Judds) and a spirited cover of Doc Watson's "Way Downtown"—boosted by lightning fast-picking, a piercing fiddle solo by Michael Cleveland and yet another show of family ties: mandolinist Ronnie McCoury and banjo player Rob McCoury, the sons of towering bluegrass guitarist Del McCoury. Speaking of guitars, Barber plays his old Martin acoustic on the album; he had pawned it years ago for money to support his family, then Billy eventually tracked it down and brought it home. ("I've never been so dumbstruck in my life," Barber has said.) Strings' voice is as bracing as the water from a cold, clear stream on songs like "Dig a Little Deeper (In the Well)," while "Little White Church" showcases Barber's rough-hewn beauty. "Wandering Boy" is a heartwrencher in his hands, given the knowledge that Billy, like his parents, once struggled with alcohol and drug abuse: "Where is my wandering boy tonight/ The boy of my tenderest care/ The boy that was once my joy and light/ The child of my love and prayer." There are jailhouse laments (George Jones' "Life to Go"; "Stone Walls and Steel Bars," made famous by the Stanley Brothers), instrumentals (Celtic traditional "Frosty Morn" and a crisp, clean cover of Doc Watson's "Peartree") and, across-the-board, honey-rich dobro from Union Station legend Jerry Douglas. Opening traditional "Long Journey Home" has a tone as bright and shiny as a new penny, and closer "I Heard My Mother Weeping" expands the circle to include vocals from Billy's mom and Barber's wife, Debora, the one who really deserves credit for bringing together this unified pair. © Shelly Ridenour/Qobuz

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