He has talent and a knowledge of different styles of music I think mainly due to his dads influence. I hope he can keep going at his own pace and avoid some of the temptations the can derail a youngster. I haven't seen/heard him whipping a Telecaster yet but the day will come.
Yep. Just saw him do a limited PPV show the other night, part of our local university's Arts & Lectures series. The show itself was pre-recorded, he and his band doing mostly stuff off his latest album. Cool live Q&A with him afterwards.
Even though he was playing his Preston Thompson acoustic the entire show, he played through a decent-sized pedal board, and was getting some really cool "electric" tones out of that thing. He went off on a few long, psychedelic-type solos that were different from what I usually expect from him, since I'm more familiar with his work as a flatpicker.
Yes, he’s fantastic (as is Mollie Tuttle). My understanding is that he first learned to play guitar by learning fast heavy metal, then switched to bluegrass as inspired by his stepfather. Apparently his stepfather sold a beloved Martin to make ends meet and when Billy hit it big, he was able to track it down and buy it back for his stepfather.