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Robert Greer of Town Mountain Joins Up!

In our inadvertent success forming a North Carolina coalition of Straight Up Stringers, we are delighted to have won-over Robert Greer of Town Mountain.  Robert plays our heavy gauge guitar strings on stage and in the studio, including on the group’s recent, critically-acclaimed Southern Crescent, out on LoHi Records. Winner of the 2013 IBMA Momentum Award for Vocalist of the Year, Robert has undeniable on-stage swagger, backed up by his classic vocals and strong rhythm guitar.
Photo: Austin Steinsick, Phishbone Photography

As part of a new initiative by Straight Up Strings, when Robert’s name is mentioned on a string order at, 5% of the string sale will go to Our VOICE, the non-profit he designated as the recipient.

Joe Newberry Plays Straight Up Strings

Renowned songwriter, guitarist and clawhammer banjo player, Joe Newberry, has announced his endorsement of Straight Up Strings for banjo and guitar. A frequent guest on Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion, he was recently featured on the Transatlantic Sessions tour in the United Kingdom with fiddler Aly Bain and Dobro master Jerry Douglas.
In addition to performing solo, Joe plays in a duo with mandolin icon Mike Compton, sits in the banjo chair with old-time music legends Mike Craver, Bill Hicks, and Jim Watson, and also performs with the dynamic fiddler and step-dancer April Verch. He will use Straight Up Strings on stage and in recording.
Joe Newberry, Guitar and Banjo (Photo: Jillian Clark)
“A musician’s life is made so much easier by having the right tools for the job. Straight Up Strings are artfully designed and beautifully crafted, and feel just right in my hands and in my ear.”


As part of a new initiative by Straight Up Strings, when Joe’s name is mentioned on a string order at, 5% of the string sale will go to the Augusta Heritage Center scholarship fund, the non-profit he designated as the recipient.

And now from Sweden…

We’re happy to announce that Erik Igelström (mandolin) and Jens Koch (banjo), both of the highly-acclaimed Swedish bluegrass band, G2, are now playing Straight Up Strings! The band is currently on hiatus, and Erik and Jens are full-steam ahead with their respective solo careers:

Erik’s current project is been a soon-to-be released collaboration with the guitarist, Emil Ernebro. Be sure to check out Instagram for his clips and inspiration.

“The tone quality and the way they intonate over all octaves make my mandolin sound better then ever.”

Jens is spending time in the studio these days and we look forward to sharing his upcoming projects with you very soon!

“Straight Up Strings make my banjo feel more stable and offer more beautiful tones than any other strings I’ve tried. Plus, the 4th string has the best tone ever!”

As we expand Straight Up Strings internationally, we are proud to have these two playing our strings in the studio and for live shows. Are you overseas and want to try them out? We ship our strings internationally, as does