Billy Strings Makes Allman Brothers Band Cover Debut In Detroit


Billy devoted the entire recall to ABB hardware on what would have been Duane Allman’s 75th birthday.

By Nate Todd November 21, 2021 10:18 a.m. PST

Billy Strings continued his fall 2021 tour at The Fillmore in Detroit on Saturday in his home state of Michigan. Billy unveiled the song “Little Martha” written by Duane Allman, Allman Brothers Band, on the late great guitarist’s birthday.

Strings and company — mandolinist Jarrod Walkerbass player Royal Masat and banjo player billy fails – opened the show with a cover of “One Tin Soldier” by The Original Caste, a song the band debuted in 2020. The basic original “Dust In A Baggie” followed ahead of the more recent “Hellbender » original from Billy’s 2021 album Renewal.

A combination of the cover “Old Train” and the title track from Billy’s 2017 debut album, Agitation and foil fronted another two-song segment, cover/original of “Riding Out The Winter” and “Doin’ Things Right” by Buddy Greene. Billy then returned to Renewal material with “Fire Line” which led to “Running The Route”. Jarrod Walker’s co-writing with fiddler Christian Ward, “Show Me The Door,” came next followed by another Renewal track, “The Fire On My Tongue”, to close out the first frame.

The Gordon Lightfoot writes, Tony Rice recorded “Cold On The Shoulder” kicked off the second set. The second train song came in the form of “Slow Train” in front Renewal track “Love And Regret”. The Black Sabbath Paranoid cut “Planet Caravan” then cast in “Hollow Heart”. “Long Forgotten Dream” would preface a cover of the Grateful Dead base cover “Me And My Uncle”. Next, “New Camptown Races” followed another Grateful Dead cover song, “Big River” by Johnny Cash. Doc Watson’s “My Love Come Rollin’ Down” counted as the penultimate song of the second set before Billy ended it with “Hide And Seek”, which included a tease “Eye Of The Tiger”.

The two-song encore would consist of Allman Brothers Band material beginning with the unveiling of “Little Martha”. As last night marked Billy Strings’ live debut of “Little Martha,” Billy and Jarrod shared a performance video of the August 2020 tune. The 1972 instrumental acoustic guitar Eat a peach – released after Duane’s death – came on what would have been Duane Allman’s 75th birthday and is the only ABB song credited solely to Duane Allman. Billy and the band closed the evening with ABB’s “Midnight Rider”.

Watch the video taken by a fan of “Midnight Rider” below:

Setlist (via Billy Strings Setlist page)

Set 1: Tin Soldier, Dust in a Bag, Hellbender, Old Train > Turmoil & Tinfoil, Riding Out The Winter > Doin’ Things Right, Fire Line > Running the Route, Show Me The Door, Fire On My Tongue

Set 2: Cold Shoulder, Slow Train, Love and Regret, Planetary Caravan > Hollow Heart, Long and Forgotten Dream, Me and My Uncle, New Camptown Races, Big River, Love Come Rollin’ Down, Hide and Seek ( 1)

Encore: Little Martha (2), Midnight Rider


(1) Tiger’s eye teasing

(2) FTP – Allman Brothers


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