The show is in support of the Michigan-born, Nashville-based picker’s 2021 inward-looking album, Renewal, plus the release of this year’s Me/And/Dad. The latter is a covers record where Strings and his father Terry Barber play new renditions of 14 bluegrass and country songs that they’ve been playing together since Strings was a child.
Outside of a three-night stand at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre, the Tampa show is the only chance for Floridians to see the 30-year-old bluegrass extraordinaire whose 2019 album Home won the Best Bluegrass Album at the 63rd Grammy Awards.
Before all this, Strings first landed in Tampa Bay when he played Safety Harbor Songfest in 2017, where he took on a small stage. UPDATED 12/12/22 12 p.m. Updated to note that Strings played Safety Harbor Songfest in 2017.
Read his 2016 intro letter and disclosures from 2022 and 2021. Ray Roa started freelancing for Creative Loafing Tampa in January 2011 and was hired as music editor in August 2016. He became Editor-In-Chief in August 2019. Past work can be seen at Suburban Apologist, Tampa Bay Times, Consequence of Sound and The...