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 AcousticGuitar.com “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.
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.”
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:
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.
Bonnie “Prince” Billy personally dropped his new album off to Astro Black Records, according to this post at MXDWN.com. The album, apparently, was recorded by Billy himself, with this song list:
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
06. the spotted pig
07. this is my cocktail
08. bad man
09. ending it all (as I do)
10. royal quiet deluxe
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 http://croppedoutmusic.com/
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”:
Record Company Website: www.dragcity.com/products/what-the-brothers-sang