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Bonnie Prince Billy – Wild is the will

Bonnie Prince Billy performing a Susanna Wallumrød song “Wild is the will”.
Digital release of this single is available from Drag City.

“During the making of the WOLF OF THE COSMOS record, Will Oldham was immersed in Susanna‘s music.  Brian Strumke of Stillwater Artisanal Ales asked  Oldham if he was down for another collaboration (the previous one got Bonny and Louisville jammers Watter together for a demonic dirge “The Devil is People”).  They started talking Norway, and fortitude, and mysticism; then they retreated to their respective corners to roll up their sleeves and do their own dirty worx.  Oldham found Susanna’s original for “Wild is the Will” on her FLOWER OF EVIL record.  The ensemble from WOLF OF THE COSMOS (Emmett KellyCheyenne Mize and Chris Rodahaffer) was reassembled. Joining them were two proper Norsemen, Frode Haltli and Vegar Vårdal  Stillwater will be releasing a beer of the same name. The beer is a rustic sour ale aged on cedar; it pairs excellently with horse meat. The artwork is a watercolor by close Bonny compatriot Oscar Lee Riley Parsons.  There is a wonderful video clip to accompany the music made by Ramin Eshraghi-Yazdicalled “A Baby Listens to Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy“”.

Bonnie Prince Billy – No time to cry

This is Bonnie Prince Billy’s “No time to cry”, a beautiful song from the vinyl edition of the album “Best Troubador” available via Drag City.
We transcribed the text from the video:
“This is is ‘No time to cry’, a song written by Iris DeMent and recorded by Merle Haggard for his 1996 CD. Here we (Bonnie Prince Billy and the Bonafide United Musicians) have recorded it in the session for the BEST TROUBADOR record. We had to do it, as Haggard’s take on the song illustrates his masterly tactics, though the undertaking was so daunting that, in the end, we thought to leave it aside to have its own parallel life.
Our take here was recorded and mixed live except for Nuala Kennedy’s flute parts and her harmony singing. Pictured are Drew Miller, Mary Feiock, Van Campbell, Danny Kiely, Cheyenne Mize and Roadie Rodahaffer, along with ourself.
There is one Merle Haggard, and that’s what we set about to illuminating with this adventure.
Thanks for listening” – Body P. Boogie

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