Mar 202014

A tribute to Bob Dylan’s Eighties recordings, Bob Dylan In The 80s: Volume One (ATO), will feature a number of famous artists, some of whom are Louisville musicians, including Bonnie “Prince” Billy, Dawn Landes (“Dark Eyes”), and Carl Broemel (“Death is Not the End”). Per “The album focuses on an 11-year span—from 1980’s Saved to 1990’s Under the Red Sky, plus unreleased tracks (an ‘80s Basement Tapes anyone?) and the Traveling Wilburys—which the album’s producers Jesse Lauter and Sean O’Brien feel is an overlooked period for the artist.

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Dec 162013

The last half of December is often the time of the year when some of the more interesting events are staged. Case in point, the Party For Steve at Headliners on December 20, featuring the Richie White Orchestra, Juanita, Catherine Irwin, Aloha Fonda, DJ Kim Sorise, a special appearance by Bonnie “Prince” Billy and Craig Wagner and a screening of the “Heavy Date Triple Feature” featuring Steve “Chili” Rigot. All that for $5, so if you grew up in the late Seventies / Eighties punk era, show up.
Here’s a 1979 video of The Endtables performing “No Bed”, shot by Jeff Jobson:

Here’s a video of The Endtables from this year’s Cropped Out Festival, shot by Garrett Harper on a phone. It’s not complete, as the battery died. The tune is “Circumcision.”

Dec 032013

Cass McCombs
Cass McCombs is a natural for a touring musician, having spent years living a “nomadic” life, i.e., as a homeless artist. While such a life no doubt provides much material for songs, McCombs didn’t get serious about being a working musician and songwriter until after 9//11, which sent him from New York to California, where he began work on his first recording, an E.P. title Not the Way E.P. Then he moved to Baltimore and recorded his first full-length, A. Since then, he’s recorded six more albums, including the just-released Big Wheel And Others. Lest you think that McCombs is an eccentric hermit, disabuse yourself of those notions, or at least the hermit part. He’s played with a long list of current working musicians, including Louisville’s Bonnie “Prince” Billy, plus he’s been in a couple of movies and gotten some television synchronization. He’ll he at Zanzabar on December 7, with Arbouretum. Tickets are $10/$12.

Study “Name Written In Water” from Big Wheel:



Nov 262013

There Is No One
Louisville Is For Lovers latest project, THERE IS NO ONE: Louisville Is for Lovers Tribute to Palace Brothers hits the shelves, featuring: The Gallery Singers at the Electric Church of the Tambourine; Plastic Bubble; Brick Pitino; Cheyenne Mize; Wax Fang; The Deloreans; Glen Dentinger; Joe Manning And Rachel Grimes; Ben Mundane; Tender Mercy; Lydia Burrell; Black Birds Of Paradise; Second Story Man; Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy and Natalie Bajandas. It is available at Guest Room Records, Matt Anthony Record Store, Better Days, Astro Black, and Modern Cult records.

Sep 252013

Cropped Out
The Louisville Music Awards show is history, so now all the cool kids are hyped up about the Cropped Out Festival this weekend at American Turners on River Road, with Bonnie “Prince” Billy and Freakwater as the headlining acts – even though Cropped Out is not so much about headlining as it is about finding the bands scraped off the blade used on the bleeding edge. Most of them you never heard of before, as you can see by looking at the poster. Tickets are still available and camping is allowed, which is cool if you are on vacation and like to travel cheap.
I think Borbetomagus is the coolest name and may be the act that most fits the festival. Here’s a video of them playing their improvisational noise rock:

Sep 232013

Club El Rancho, a Louisville program on ART+FM, posted a podcast that includes interview with Cropped Out Festival founders Ryan and James, and music from the fest, including White Reaper, Juanita, Salad Influence, Hair Police, Neighbor, Jayle Jaye, Bonnie Prince Billy and Asm a Tik, plus new music from Cross, Wolf Peach, Great Floods, Anagnorisis, Weekly Singles from Missed Connections and more. Check it out here.

Aug 242013

Bonnie “Prince” Billy personally dropped his new album off to Astro Black Records, according to this post at The album, apparently, was recorded by Billy himself, with this song list:

Side 1
01. I heard of a source
02. lessons from stony
03. triumph of will
04. I will be born again
05. make it not an evil mark

Side 2
06. the spotted pig
07. this is my cocktail
08. bad man
09. ending it all (as I do)
10. royal quiet deluxe

Aug 152013

The Cropped Out Festival, set for September 27-29 at American Turners Club and The Workhouse Ballroom, has added Bonnie “Prince” Billy and his occasional collaborator Matt Sweeney to the schedule. They will recreate their 2005 Drag City album Superwolf, which has not been performed live before, from start to finish.
Tony Clifton has also added as the Official Grand Marshall, while Motes, Borbetomagus and Promised Land have been added to the schedule.
Cropped out’s Early Bird Friday/Saturday Combo tickets sold out, but single day tickets are now for sale at Astro Black Records and online. For information, go to

Aug 012013

Bonnie Prince Billy & Dawn McCarthy

The show on August 4 at the Brown will be drenched in Kentuckiana, with Louisville’s Bonnie “Prince” Billy together with Dawn McCarthy, singing songs from their latest album, What The Brothers Sang, a tribute to the Everly Brothers.  This show should have a very broad appeal age-wise, with the boomers who are familiar with the Everlys sitting cheek-to-jowl with much younger hippies more familiar with Bonnie “Prince”’s material. It’ll be all good, with both groups perhaps getting an introduction to the other age’s taste in music. The All-Star Power Member Revue will open. Tickets are only $30.

Here’s “Christmas Eve Can Kill You”:

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