Billy Strings Trivia

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MARCH 24, 2024 TRIVIA QUESTION

What is Billy Strings’ real name?

A. William Apostol

B. Hank Williams IV

C. Will Forte

D. William Stringer

E. William Gibson Martin

ANSWER is “A”

Additional Bowden Comments

Was this one too hard? Or has no one heard of Billy Strings, the latest phenom to hit bluegrass music? Love him or hate him, he’s filling up big venues at high ticket prices! He picks pretty good on the guitar.

His real name is William Apostol. Answer A.

There is a Hank Williams III working on the country music circuit. I don’t know his provenance. Not bluegrass, although he has appeared with Leroy Troy a few times around Tennessee.

Will Forte is a comic actor who worked on Saturday Nite Live years ago.

William Stringer is a figment of my imagination. As is William Gibson Martin — I thought name would naturally lend itself to being shortened to Billy Strings, for Gibson and Martin brands of strings.

Dick Bowden

Dick Bowden recently retired after a 45 year career in the paper industry, and moved from Connecticut to Big Indian NY (Ulster County) where he ekes out a precarious existence as a groundskeeper. Dick has been performing bluegrass music on banjo and guitar since 1966 in his home state of Maine, throughout New England, and internationally with The Case Brothers - Martin & Gibson. He has performed for HVBA with the Old Time Bluegrass Singers, and also sent in a squadron of Dick Bowden's Flying Circus. Most recently Dick has played Dobro (tm) with the Tennessee Mafia Jug Band. Dick has written many articles for Bluegrass Unlimited, Bluegrass Today, MoonShiner (the Japanese bluegrass magazine) and HVBA.

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