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Man picks up guitar, plays stunning finger-picked country song for 4 million views on YouTube

January 23rd, 2020

Though it gets said a lot, you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover—and everyone has a hidden talent.

If you don’t believe us, just consider this video we’re talking about today. Though it was only uploaded four months ago, this video has earned nearly four million views on YouTube! The clip was put up by a channel called Lower Standards and the people instantly fell in love with it.

From the looks of it, the video was filmed in a side room at a house party.

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The video was filmed inside a standard living room filled with three guys in a room. One of them was holding a guitar on the couch, while another guy was standing near the TV. The musician in question is a man named William Apostol, and the video starts with him plucking a melody and tuning his guitar.

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After a moment, his friend asks him to perform a song called “Dust in A Baggie.” He proceeds to play his guitar wonderfully, picking chords and strumming along with a great country and folk sound. His friend near the TV was definitely grooving along!

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Still, what’s really impressive is his flawless control over his acoustic guitar! As the video goes on, he plays both the melody and rhythm parts with a combination of flat-picking and strumming plus he melodiously sings the song at the same time. Although it’s not easy to juggle so many different aspects of one song, Apostol does it all flawlessly.

Although he’s not a household name, Apostol is a well-known bluegrass musician and guitarist.

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Also known as Billy Strings, Apostol is an American guitarist and bluegrass musician who was once in a metal band in high school. Later, he rediscovered his love of bluegrass and country! To make it his own, he started mixing in elements of punk, country and folk-rock into the sound, paving the way for what some have called the future of bluegrass music.

Though not everyone has heard of him, Apostol already has published albums and goes on tours around the world.

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His skills definitely make you want to hit the replay button!

Although live music is always pretty impressive, something about Apostol’s unique approach makes this a cut above the rest. From this video alone, he showcases his amazing vocals and pure guitar skills. Even though it was a video shot at a house party, it still sounds incredible—and Apostol highlights every note and melody to make you want to hear it again.

After seeing this, it’s no wonder that he has been hailed as “The Bluegrass Prodigy.”

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Even if you’re unfamiliar with bluegrass music, Billy Strings is the perfect man to introduce it to you.

Though it’s not always that easy to branch out of the genres we already like, this video is a great example of why it’s important to! Needless to say, there are plenty of talented and underrated musicians out there waiting to be discovered in all genres—so why not start today? Fortunately, YouTube is free for anyone to use and is packed with plenty of singers just like Apostol.

Congratulations to William Apostol on this breakout performance! Be sure to check out the entire thing in the link below:

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Source: YouTube/Lower Standards

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