Australian-only live release from Bonnie Prince Billy (Will Oldham) and his band. Recorded in California, Wilding In The West features passionate versions of classic BPB tunes plus three new tracks. The material on this live set comes largely from 2003’s Master and Everyone and 2006’s The Letting Go, two of his most successful albums to date. The original studio versions may have been quiet slabs of beauty, but the live versions add more confidence and bravado to the performances. 14 tracks including ‘Master & Everyone’, ‘The Letting Go’, ‘No Bad News’, ‘Little Small Song’ and more.
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. 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.
mp3 320 kbps | 35 MB | DF
Wolfroy Goes To Town was recorded in Kentucky and mixed by Shahzad Ismaily, Emmett Kelly and Will Oldham. In addition to Bonnie Prince Billy, the players on this record are: Ben Boye (keyboards and extra singing), Van Campbell (drums and percussion), Shahzad Ismaily (percussion, guitar, extra singing), Emmett Kelly (guitars, mandolin, harmony singing), Danny Kiely (basses) and Angel Olson (singing). Prior to the recording, the ten songs on Wolfroy Goes To Town were played by the whole band in performance at Chicago s Millennium Park in May of 2011. Some of the songs were played and sung by Bonny, Emmett Kelly and Angel Olson on the Free Florida tour that immediately followed.
mp3 320 kbps | 109 MB | FSo
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