The Wayfaring Stranger is an interesting and iconic kinda song. It’s always recognizable and yet there are so many ways to play it. Everyone has their own version.
When Bill Monroe did it, it was crooning and sad and slightly off-key.
When Johnny Cash did it, it was velvety and dark and slow.
When Tony Rice did it, it alternated between the slow/vocal and the intricate/instrumental.
The version performed by J.D. Wilkes and the Dirt Daubers is just pure energy. Despite the bittersweet lyrics they just do a full-on frenetic assault from beginning to end. No breaks, no stops; just bluegrass lightning.