Rising Nashville star Billy Strings takes aim at America’s military-industrial complex on his new brooding single, “Wargasm,” featuring the rapper RMR.
Hailed as “the future of Bluegrass,” there’s nothing traditional about Strings, whose music transcends genre and flouts convention.
“Same sh_t, different century,” he sings, atop his high velocity, flat-picking guitar technique, while the mysterious rapper RMR chimes in:
“You’re the reason I’ve been going psycho/it’s too ugly still can’t keep my eyes close,” RMR sing-raps. “I’m the one with the knife stuck in my back again.”
The masked LA-based rapper, pronounced “rumor,” first appeared when his 2020 song “Rascal” – based on the country band Rascal Flatts’ song “Bless the Broken Road” – went viral.
“Wargasm,” was written by Strings, RMR, Aaron Allen, and Jon Weisberger, and premiered alongside an animated lyric video featuring towering war machines and weaponry.
The track marks the first release of new music recorded in the studio by Strings outside of his “The Great Divide” collaboration with Luke Combs and since his Grammy-winning 2019 album Home.
The release adds to a landmark year for Strings, who will continue his extensive headline tour into the fall with newly confirmed shows at Las Vegas’ Event Lawn at Virgin Hotels Las Vegas, Los Angeles’ The Belasco, Oakland’s Fox Theater, Portland’s McMenamins Edgefield Amphitheater, Seattle’s King County’s Marymoor Park, Missoula’s KettleHouse Amphitheater, Wichita’s Wave and Oklahoma City’s The Jones Assembly among many others
Known for his electric live shows, Strings has continued to perform consistently throughout 2021 both virtually and in-person.
Listen to “Wargasm” and view his 2021 tour itinerary below.
Billy Strings 2021 Tour
June 11—Schaumburg, IL—Wintrust Field
June 12—Schaumburg, IL—Wintrust Field
June 18—Oshkosh, WI—Ford Park Live
June 19—Oshkosh, WI—Ford Park Live
June 25—Thornville, OH—Legend Valley (SOLD OUT)
June 26—Thornville, OH—Legend Valley (SOLD OUT)
July 16—Whitefish, MT—Under the Big Sky Festival (SOLD OUT)
July 22—Floyd, VA—FloydFest (SOLD OUT)
July 25-26—Newport, RI—Newport Folk Festival (SOLD OUT)
July 29—Lafayette, NY—Apple Valley Park
July 30—Lafayette, NY—Apple Valley Park (SOLD OUT)
July 31—Gilford, NH—Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion
August 1—Gilford, NH—Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion
August 3—Essex Junction, VT—Ben & Jerry’s Concerts on the Midway Lawn
August 5—Asbury Park, NJ—Stone Pony Summer Stage
August 6—New Haven, CT—Westville Music Bowl
August 7—New Haven, CT—Westville Music Bowl
August 11—Pittsburgh, PA—Stage AE
August 13-14—Wellston, MI—Hoxeyville 2021
August 20—Chillicothe, IL—Summer Camp Music Festival
August 21—Indianapolis, IN—MacAllister Amphitheater at Garfield Park
August 28—Lexington, KY—Railbird Music Festival
September 3—Las Vegas, NV—Event Lawn at Virgin Hotels Las Vegas
September 4—Las Vegas, NV—Event Lawn at Virgin Hotels Las Vegas
September 8—Los Angeles, CA—The Belasco
September 9—Oakland, CA—Fox Theater
September 10—Oakland, CA—Fox Theater
September 11—Stateline, NV—Montbleu Resort & Casino
September 12—Stateline, NV—Montbleu Resort & Casino
September 16—Spokane, WA—Spokane Pavilion at Riverfront
September 17—Portland, OR—McMenamins Edgefield Amphitheater
September 18—Seattle, WA—King County’s Marymoor Park
September 19—Missoula, MT—KettleHouse Amphitheater
September 28—Wichita, KS—Wave
September 29—Oklahoma City, OK—The Jones Assembly
October 1—Memphis, TN—Mempho Music Fest
October 2—Bentonville, AR—Freshgrass Festival
October 14—Denver, CO—The Mission Ballroom (SOLD OUT)
October 15—Denver, CO—The Mission Ballroom (SOLD OUT)
October 16—Denver, CO—The Mission Ballroom (SOLD OUT)
October 29—Asheville, NC—ExploreAsheville.com Arena (SOLD OUT)
October 30—Asheville, NC—ExploreAsheville.com Arena (SOLD OUT)
October 31—Asheville, NC—ExploreAsheville.com Arena (SOLD OUT)