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Billy Strings was practically born into bluegrass: his mother’s water broke while she was attending a birthday party packed with musicians and baby Billy was born with the echo of guitars and banjos in his ears.
Either that or Billy made a deal with a dark stranger at a lonely crossroads at midnight… Whatever the case, he has an almost supernatural ability on guitar, banjo and mandolin that has set the region’s bluegrass and folk scene on fire.
There were six involved, and five went to the trailer that night, Feb. 28, 2012, a rundown, dingy-looking thing on a dead-end street across from a cemetery in the village of Wellston in Manistee County.
The plan was to rob the place to get a backpack that belonged to the woman. She was a medical marijuana patient, and they figured there was pot and cash in the bag.
Rare Bird, indeed. At most brew pubs, women are found behind
the bar, taking orders or cooking. Not many women are brewers in the
burgeoning world of craft beer, but that doesn’t mean there couldn’t—or
shouldn’t—be more. An early pioneer on the Traverse
City brewing scene was Kim Schneider, head brewer at North Peak several
years ago. Schneider moved on and currently crafts beer at a downstate
Now, brewer Tina Schuett has taken the beer-making baton and run with it.