Michigan artist receives two Grammy nominations, set to perform in December in home state

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Grammy award winner and Michigander Billy Strings.

Grammy award winner and Michigander Billy Strings.

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Michigan-born virtuosic guitarist Billy Strings is not shying away from the limelight.

Strings, who won a Grammy at last year’s awards for best bluegrass album for his album "Home" is back this year with two nominations. Strings is nominated again this year for best bluegrass album with his album "Renewal" as well as a nomination for Best American Roots Performance for his song "Love And Regret" off the same album.

"Hey folks, it’s been an amazing day," Strings said in a video posted to his Facebook page the day the Grammy nominations were announced. "I bought a house this morning, I got this cool purple corduroy shirt and, oh yeah, we got nominated for two Grammy’s."

Born as William Apostol, Strings was raised in Ionia county and began playing music around the Traverse City region.

Strings’ album "Renewal" reached number one on the Bluegrass charts earlier this year, according to Billboard. Strings has managed to stay in local news in the state despite national recognition. Last month, he visited Twin Rivers Elementary in Muir, Michigan, his hometown, to hand out 200 guitars to the students there.

Strings will be coming back to Michigan later this month to play three shows at GLC Live at 20 Monroe in Grand Rapids as he continues his tour of the country.