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Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy – Hummingbird EP {2012}

Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy – Hummingbird EP (2012)

     ♣ Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy – Hummingbird EP ♣
Birth name: William Oldham
Born: January 15, 1970
Location: Louisville, Kentucky, United States
Album release: May 7th, 2012 / Vinyl: April 21, 2012 
Record Label: Spiritual Pajamas (CAT NUMBER: SPIRITUAL004)
Format: Vinyl, 10", 33 ⅓ RPM, Limited Edition
Tracklist:
1. Hummingbird, Pt. 1     (4:31) / Written-By – Leon Russell
2. Bonny* and Emmett Kelly –  Tribulations      (2:57)
Written-By – Estil C. Ball*    

3. Because of Your Eyes (Band Version)    (4:43)  / Vinyl:  (Exclusive Solo Version)  Written-By – Merle Haggard 
4. Hummingbird, Pt. 2    (3:14)
Website: http://www.bonnieprincebilly.com/
MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/princebonniebilly#!
Drag City: http://www.dragcity.com/artists/bonnie-prince-billy   // Midheaven: http://www.midheaven.comdisc
♣ ABOUT THIS ITEM:
THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY EXCLUSIVE, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.
Record Store Day exclusive, released in a one-time-only pressing of 1000 copies
Covers of Leon Russell and Merle Haggard
Features guest appearances by “Farmer” Dave Scher, Paz Lenchantin and  Derek James (Entrance Band), Emmett Kelly (Cairo Gang)
It is safe to say that Will Oldham rarely meets a recording device he doesn’t like. The man who goes by Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy continues to document feverishly—and yet with fine discrimination—via a steady march through the canon of modern music: rock, country, gospel, and the list goes on... The great Leon Russell’s “Hummingbird” anchors this new 10-inch, and Bonny and his assembled cast of Los Angeles musicians render it an exercise in contrast. Using Russell’s famed Shelter Records soundboard for this oneoff session—with its memories of Petty and Cale, and now owned by one Jonathan Wilson—Bonny introduces a pallet of musical soundscapes, including the keys of “Farmer” Dave Scher, the porch-stomp grooves of Entrance Band rhythm section Paz Lenchantin and Derek James, and the claps of a thousand hands before letting the song fly away in a breeze of soulful psychedelia that stretches nearly twice the original’s length. Next up is a cover of the traditional “Tribulations,” with Cairo Gang main-man Emmett Kelly, in a purely Appalachian reflection on judgment and fear and all manner of Old Testament threat. Rounding out this powerful trio of songs with a nod to Lightnin’ Hopkins and Michael Hurley, Bonny makes another run (this time all by his lonesome) at Merle Haggard’s “Because of Your Eyes.” This one lo-fi, wooly, recorded-ina- kitchen-near-a-bottle-of-whiskey sound is often attempted but rarely nailed. Bonny hits it square.cover

Description:
Is it safe to say that Will Oldham has rarely met a recording device he didn’t like? The man who goes by Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy continues to document feverishly – and yet with fine discrimination via a steady march through the canon of modern music: rock, country, gospel, keep on listing. The great Leon Russell’s Hummingbird bookends this digital EP, and Bonny and his assembled cast of LA musicians render it an exercise in contrast. Using Russell’s famed Shelter Records soundboard for this one-off session–with its memories of Petty and Cale, and now owned by one Jonathan Wilson– Bonny introduces a pallet of musical soundscapes including the keys of “Farmer” Dave Scher, the porch-stomp grooves of Entrance Band rhythm section Paz and Derek and the claps of a thousand hands before letting the song “fly away” in a breeze of soulful psychedelia that stretches nearly twice the original’s length. Next up: a cover of the traditional “Tribulations,” with Cairo Gang mainman Emmett Kelly, in a purely Appalachian reflection on judgment and fear and all manner of Old Testament threat. Rounding out this EP, Bonny and band make a run at country master Merle Haggard’s “Because of Your Eyes”. As always, Oldham’s soulfully solemn voice comes to the fore in this spare arrangement. The bottom line is utter beauty. This version of “Because of Your Eyes” is only available on the inaugural (and very limited) Spiritual Pajamas Records 7 inch release, AKA Spiritual 000 which means, perhaps, that it really does not even exist…or does it? You have to ask those who were lucky enough to get one but they will never tell. Bonny fans know the rules.
About Beware (2009):
Product Description
Breaking through the dirt and shooting upward into our atmosphere is a new variety of exotic Bonnie Prince Billy plant. Stronger. Stinkier. It blooms in low light and cold but thrives in the sun as well, showing enticing spots and eating small creatures as they wander into its jaws. They had it coming, they were weak... and you re next! Beware. Though Beware shares spit with its immediate predecessor, Lie Down in the Light, its reach is longer, its arches more grandiose. Where fiddle and steel contribute their rustic timbre alongside guitars and voices, a thickening thud of low tone rolls beneath, giving the record a bottom that s fun to watch bounce in new clothes. This indensifies the air and heralds Beware as Bonny s most ambidextrous record to date even more so than The Letting Go! A listen or two through and you too may conclude that this could also be the great Bonnie Prince Billy contempo-country record though, as always, the Prince goes his own special way, even when climbing the charts with brawny arms and classic titles like I Don t Belong to Anyone, You Can t Hurt Me Now, and I Am Goodbye.
Music:
Oldham is known for his "do-it-yourself punk aesthetic and blunt honesty," and his music has been likened to Americana, folk, roots, country, punk, and indie rock. He has been called an "Appalachian post-punk solipsist", with a voice that has been described as "a fragile sort-of warble frittering around haunted melodies in the American folk or country tradition."
Will Oldham first performed and recorded under various permutations of the Palace name, including Palace Brothers, Palace Songs, Palace Music, and simply Palace. Regarding the name changes during this period (1993–1997), Oldham said:
“ Well, I guess the idea is that when you have a name of a group or an artist, then you expect that the next record, if it has the same name, should be the same group of people playing on it. And I just thought we were making a different kind of record each time, with different people, and different themes, and different sounds. So I thought it was important to call it something different so that people would be aware of the differences.”
Beginning in 1998, Oldham has primarily used the moniker Bonnie 'Prince' Billy, which draws inspiration from several sources:
“ Yeah, the name has so many different references that it could almost have a life of its own. Bonnie Prince Charlie has such a beautiful ring to it, and I was very conscious of appropriating that mellifluous sound. And I was also thinking about the name Nat King Cole. But it wasn't until later, and this may have been subconscious, that I remembered that Billy the Kid was William Bonney or Billy Bonney.”
Oldham has explained that "the primary purpose of the pseudonym is to allow both the audience and the performer to have a relationship with the performer that is valid and unbreakable."Piccadilly Records - Home

Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy / Author: Pieter Morlion

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Year:Album:Released As:Peak chart positions:
UK
Album Chart
US
Billboard 200
US
Heatseekers
1999 I See a Darkness Bonnie 'Prince' Billy 151 - -
2001 Ease Down the Road Bonnie 'Prince' Billy 88 - -
2003 Master and Everyone Bonnie 'Prince' Billy 48 - -
2004 Sings Greatest Palace Music Bonnie 'Prince' Billy 63 - -
2005 Superwolf Bonnie 'Prince' Billy & Matt Sweeney 114 - -
2006 The Brave and the Bold Tortoise & Bonnie 'Prince' Billy 101 - -
2006 The Letting Go Bonnie 'Prince' Billy 70 194 8
2007 Wai Notes Dawn McCarthy & Bonny Billy - - -
2008 Lie Down in the Light Bonnie 'Prince' Billy 122 - 10
2009 Beware Bonnie 'Prince' Billy 71 114 2
2010 The Wonder Show of the World Bonnie 'Prince' Billy & The Cairo Gang 170 - 16
2011 Wolfroy Goes to Town Bonnie 'Prince' Billy 150 - -

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