Billy Failing

Billy Failing is a banjo player, guitarist singer and songwriter based in Boulder, CO.  A recent arrival to Colorado’s Front Range, Billy spent the last three years in Nashville, becoming deeply immersed in the bluegrass and acoustic music scene.  He has also toured extensively with bluegrass guitar phenom Billy Strings, and currently holds a position as a full-time member in his band.  

In addition to his work on the road as a sideman, Billy has written, recorded and toured under his own name.  In 2017, he successfully self-released his debut solo album, “Calling My Trouble by Name.”

The album features several of Nashville’s finest acoustic musicians, providing a commanding backdrop for Failing’s distinctive voice and songwriting.  While his style is firmly rooted in American roots music and bluegrass, his music draws inspiration from all corners of the musical spectrum, from John Hartford, Tim O’Brien and Béla Fleck to George HarrisonPink Floyd and Radiohead, blending the tradition, intimacy and purity of acoustic music with the innovation and pioneering spirit of modern music.


Photographer: EJ Holmes