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Updated 15/04/19

Old news


no known dates

Old tourdates:
23/10/18 Brooklyn, NY, The Bell House (an evening of conversation with musician Will Oldham and New Yorker music critic Amanda Petrusich about Song of Love and Horror, info)

To celebrate the launch of the Songs Of Love and Horror book, live performances of Oldham songs from Alasdair Roberts & Alex Neilson with friends
17/10/18 Glasgow, Mono (info)
18/10/18 Newcastle upon Tyne, Star and Shadow Cinema (thanks Mike)(info)
19/10/18 Todmorden, Magic City
20/10/18 Bristol, Sea Scout Hut (info)
21/10/18 London, Moth Club (info)
22/10/18 Sheffield, Bishops' House (info)

With The Wandering All-Stars & Motor Royalty:
07/10/18 Chicago, IL, Art Institute of Chicago
08/10/18 Nelsonville, OH, Stuart's Opera House
09/10/18 Alexandria, VA, Birchmere Music Hall
10/10/18 Brooklyn, NY, Murmrr Theatre (pictures)
11/10/18 Brooklyn, NY, Murmrr Theatre
13/10/18 North Adams, MA, Mass MOCA
14/10/18 Portland, ME, One Longfellow Square
26/09/18 Durham, NC, Duke University (lecture info)
27/09/18 Durham, NC, Duke University (lecture info)

With The Wandering All-Stars & Motor Royalty:
Durham, NC, Baldwin Auditorium (info)
29/09/18 Chicago, IL, Soccer Club Club (an exhibition by, among others, Elsa Hansen Oldham and a musical perfromance by Will Oldham and Cooper Crain. Info)

Louisville, KY, PeteFest, Stomp stage (as part of the Stop Making Sense band info)

Louisville, KY, Odeon (opening for Faun Fables) (look here and 1, 2, 3)
This show will be recorded according to
this piece (thanks ray)

Boston, MA, The Wilbur Theatre (solo with Six Organs of Admittance)
10/06/18 Peterborough, NH, The Thing In The Spring festival (solo)
11/06/18 Burlington, VM, Arts Riot Studio (solo with State Champion)

Louisville, KY, Headliners Music Hall, Roadie record release show featuring Bonnie Prince Billy & Dawn Landes (thanks ray) (info)

with Eighth Blackbird
21/04/18 Los Angeles, CA, Theatre at Ace Hotel (pictures, video and review)
Cincinnati, OH, MusicNow

Louisville, Zanzibar - Bonnie Prince Billy sings along with Watter (look) (thanks Robin)

Knoxville, TN, Big Ears Festival
23/03/18 Bonnie Prince Billy appeared at the Susanna "Go Dig My Grave" concert at the Big Ears Festival (read and look)

Hawaii National Park, HI, The Kilauea Visitor Center Auditorium (with live stitching by Elsa Hansen Oldham)


•Listen to
Where My Heart’s Scared To Be, a new song by Bonnie Prince Billy in the T Magazine article Songs for America in 2024.
Along with Stephen Malkmus, Kelsey Lu and
Meg Baird original songs are shared and inspired by the theme of T’s Culture issue (thanks Dan)(15/04/19)

•A couple of months after recording
I See a Darkness, Bob Arellano and Will Oldham returned to the same studio with the same rhythm-section and created a full album worth
of material as
Havanarama. At the time, they compiled about 9 tracks (originals & covers) on a handmade CD-R titled Fish+Crabs.
For the first time this album is released on vinyl now on
Inner Dunes: owner Levi Morris loved the initial CDR album so much that he planned a 20th-anniversary version of the album.
As extra track there's an unreleased live version of
West Palm Beach sung by Bob Arrellano and Will Oldham, recorded in 2017. Check here (25/03/19)

•The mysterious
Sundowners are releasing a new 7" named Ancient Cares on April 5 through Sea Note. It is still unknown who the Sundowners are (thanks ray)(10/03/19)

•Listen to
Baptiste W. Hamon's version of Mon Capitaine feat. Will Oldham (thanks Robin)(24/02/19)

•Listen to
We've Only Just Begun sung by Bonnie Prince Billy. It's rough demo for a project, but the song was not chosen for use (thanks Tonnie)(19/02/19)

•A split 7" single by
Bonnie "Prince" Billy and Naked Shortsellers will be released on December 21 by Tiny Room Records.
The single is limited to 333 copies and celebrates the 20th anniversary of the Royal Stable site. Thanks to all the visitors and contributors!
Listen to the songs
here and pre-order the single or digital content here (14/12/18)

The Mañana People released a song that features Bonnie Prince Billy: Anthropophagus (28/09/18)

•Already sold out but still worth mentioning:
Sweet Dreams Records released a compilation for their 11th birthday. It contains a song by Will and Elsa Oldham (thanks Joshua)(28/09/18)

•To be released on October 19 as a companion piece with the book of the same name, the
Will Oldham album: Songs of Love and Horror. It is a rare entry in this ouvre:
a Will Oldham album, with the writer for Bonnie Prince Billy taking a turn as singer. The songs are played by Will alone on his guitar.
On black vinyl through Drag City and coloured vinyl through
Vinyl Me Please (thanks ray)(05/09/18)

•Listen to a new song by
Bonnie Prince Billy: Blueberry Jam, download only, here's the video (17/07/18)

•Listen to
Roadie's album Unfamiliar Skies. It contains Will Oldham singing on a different version of Hope Is All I'm Holding (14/06/18)

•Listen to
2 songs from an upcoming album named One With The Birds by Bryce Dessner and Eighth Blackbird featurig Will Oldham (thanks ray)(08/06/18)

Susanna song is released by Bonnie Prince Billy: Wild Is The Will, check it out here or here (thanks ray)(20/04/18)
Take a look at
the video clip to accompany the music

In October Songs Of Love and Horror (the collected lyrics of Will Oldham) will come out through W.W. Norton & Company, Inc (thanks Greg)(17/04/18)

Joan Shelley released Rivers and Vessels. Bonnie Prince Billy sings along on Dolly Parton's The Bridge (29/03/18)

•To be released in April: the original soundtrack of
White Fang or Croc Blanc. Contains the song You Will Find A Home by Bonnie Prince Billy (thanks John)(29/03/18)
The song can be found on iTunes already.

Bonnie Prince Billy appears on the new album Echo of You by Kira Skov. He sings along on two songs. The album is a tribute to Kira's recently deceased
husband Nicolai Munch-Hansen, who was a big fan of BPB (thanks Jesper)(17/03/18)

•There is a box of 20 copies found of the Bonnie 'Prince' Billy -
Notes For Future Lovers 7" from 2008.
They are on sale and all proceeds will benefit the
River City Drum Corp in Louisville (03/03/18)

Listen to Hope Is All I'm Holding, a new song by Bonnie & Roadie. Buy it because all proceeds will go to March For Our Lives (27/02/18)(thanks Roland)

Hummingbirds & Helicopters Vol 1: A Benefit for South Texas is the first volume in a series of disaster relief benefit albums Jolie Holland plans to release under the same name.
It contains a Mickey Newbury cover of
If You Ever Get to Houston by Bonnie “Prince” Billy, Joan Shelley, Elsa Hansen Oldham, and Nathan Salsburg. To be released April 6 (27/02/18)

Preview: Bonnie 'Prince' Billy on new Louisville Is For Lovers Valentine's album (09/01/18)

Louisville Is For Lovers Vol. 13 "Darlin Beloved" will contain a Bonnie Prince Billy and John King duet with the Winger Brothers.
To be released February 2, 2018. The song will be released as a single on January the 1st (24/12/17)

•To be released November 17:
Wolf Of The Cosmos by Bonnie Prince Billy. Bonny sings Susanna, to simply try and save the world.
Sonata Dwarf Mix Cosmos is an old companion of his, and with the Chijimi house band + 1, they bring it all back home again,
this time to the space in Bonny's place. On
Drag City and Domino. Look at the video of People Living (thanks Jeff)

other news

Jake Xerxes Fussell has a new album out named Out Of Sight. The album announcement comes with a statement from Bonnie Prince Billy espousing Fussell’s genius (thanks ray)(08/04/19)

•Listen to an episode of
CJ Boyd's podcast Worst Show Ever with Will Oldham telling a story of dishonesty and the aggravating effects it can have on tour (thanks ray)(28/03/19)

Here's an interview with Will Oldham talking Songs of Love and Horror in Leoweekly (thanks ray)(19/03/19)

•The whole of Palace’s spring 2019 lookbook is now on-line and can be
viewed here (thanks ray)(19/02/19)
Will Oldham features on pages 11, 12, 19 and 21.

•Check out the
Palace Skateboards spring 2019 collection teaser (thanks ray)(14/02/19)

Read here an article about Elsa Hansen Oldham and her husband (30/01/19)

Read here also about the 20th anniversary of I See A Darkness (thank Blair)(28/01/19)

Read here about the 20th anniversary of I See A Darkness (thank ray)(25/01/19)

Here's the original painting of the sleeve of the Bonnie Prince Billy/Naked Shorsellers split single (25/01/19)

Listen here to ClifTones with JC Denison, Episode 40: Will Oldham/Bonnie 'Prince' Billy (21/12/18)(thanks ray)

•December 14 at the
Speed Art Museum: Screenings of the short mockumentary Beyond the Song, a forensic look at the classic novelty song
Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer directed by Brandon Shell, produced by Tim Morton, and starring
Will Oldham (thanks Tonnie)(10/12/18)

•Watch the first two episodes of
The Shivering Truth now - and hear Will Oldham and Tunde Adebimpe in the end credits (10/12/18)

Read this: Will Oldham would rather be drinking with a brewer (thanks Coen)(30/11/18)

Will Oldham talks Songs of Love and Horror in Slant Magazine (thanks ray)(12/11/18)

Will Oldham unmasked in GQ Style (thanks ray)(12/11/18)

•Listen to
Laish playing I Would Prefer Not To. The song has a line in it about Bonnie Prince Billy (12/11/18)

Will Oldham talks death, loss and laughter before Berkshire Bonnie “Prince” Billy show. Listen here (thanks ray)(22/10/18)

Will Oldham can be seen as the quirky narrator of Our Library, a documentary about the Louisville Public Library system. Read more here (thanks ray)(18/10/18)

•Check out
this interview in Rolling Stone: Will Oldham: My Life in 15 Songs (thanks ray)(02/10/18)

•Already online for a while but check
Death To Boys, written by Will Oldham, narrated by Vivian Bang. From the book Stories for Ways and Means (thanks frankie)(22/09/18)

an interview with Will Oldham in Indyweek (thanks ray)(22/09/18)

•Check the trailer of
The Old Man & The Gun to hear a Easy Doest It by Bonnie Prince Billy. It looks like it will not be on the soundtrack though (thanks Sean)(22/09/18)

•Read about the year
2016 now on the Drag City site (15/09/18)

•Listen to
I Like Fucking My Gun sung by Bonnie Prince Billy on an episode of Animals on HBO (thanks Tonnie)(15/09/18)

•According to Alex Neilson's
twitter message, Alex, Alasdair Roberts and Jill O’Sullivan will play some UK shows at the book launch for Will Oldham’s book of
collected lyrics “
Songs of Love & Horror”. Covering songs from his catalogue as well as a smattering of our own Oldham-inspiredz. More details to follow (thanks ray)(05/09/18)

•Read about the years
2014 and 2015 now on the Drag City site (05/09/18)

Oldham County has a statue that looks like Bonnie Prince Billy (thanks ray)(25/08/18)

•Read about the 23 best films of the 2000's, accoriding to
The Washing Post, among the list is Old Joy (25/08/18)

•Read about the years
2011, 2012 and 2013 now on the Drag City site (25/08/18)

•Read about the years
2009 and 2010 now on the Drag City site (03/08/18)

•Read about the year
2008 now on the Drag City site (17/07/18)

Live from a Dark Room’ offers a pictorial history of Louisville’s punk, indie music scene from ’80s to present day.
Read about Will Oldham and other photgraphers (thanks ray)(13/07/18)

•Read about the year
2007 here now on the Drag City site (13/07/18)

•Read about the year
2006 here now on the Drag City site (08/07/18)

Will Oldham, Matt Sweeney, and Rick Rubin Talk 'Superwolf', read here (thanks ray)(01/07/18)

•Read about the year
2004 & 2005 here now on the Drag City site (26/06/18)

•Read about the year
2003 here now on the Drag City site (17/06/18)

Listen here to the performance of Susanna and Friends, including the singing of Bonnie Prince Billy (thanks ray)(08/06/18)

•You can listen on
The Past and The Curious Ep. 21 to Will Oldham sharing the story of John Ledyard (03/06/18)

•The year
2001 read is here now on the Drag City site (03/06/18)

•Here's an interview with
Cat Power with a Bonnie Prince Billy reference (thanks ray)(03/06/18)

•And even more readings on the Drag City site, now on the years
1999 and 2000 (27/05/18)

•And more readings on the Drag City site, this time on
Bonnie Prince Billy 1998 (12/5/2018)

•More readings on the Drag City site on
Palace 1994 and Palace 1996 (29/04/18)

•Read an interview with Lisa Kaplan of
Eighth Blackbird here. She mentions a recording of songs for release on Bryce and Aaron Dessner’s record label (thanks ray)(25/04/18)

•Read and look at the
Eighth Backbird show from April 21 here (thanks ray)(25/04/18)

•Longtime collaborator/guitarist
Roadie will release his album Unfamiliair Skies on May 25. Bonnie sings along on Hope Is All I'm Holding that was released earlier as a single (17/04/18)

•Read this Drag City piece about
Palace 1995 (17/04/18)

•Take a look at
the video for Kira Skov's Lilac Sky featuring Bonnie Prince Billy (thanks Robin)(17/04/18)

•Listen to a Bonnie Prince Billy cover by
The Boring Couple (thanks ray)(07/04/18)

Watch Watter and Bonnie Prince Billy perform at Zanzibar (thanks Robin)(07/04/18)

•Read this
Drag City piece about Palace Brothers (thanks Tor)(07/04/18)

•Is there a new
Bonny album coming up? check here (thanks John)(29/03/18)

•Listen to last year's Mrs Robinson's Valentine Special
here (thanks Tonnie)(20/02/18)

•Listen to the
Big Blend Radio Interview: Bonnie 'Prince' Billy in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (thanks Christopher)(13/02/18)
Read more on the
visit here

•An animated version of Jack London’s classic 1906 novel
White Fang was screened at the Sundance Film Festival.
The film is expected to be released later this year. The film features an original song performed by
Bonnie Prince Billy (thanks ray)(22/01/18)

•Take al look at this promo of
Cold Case - Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer, to see Will Oldham play along (thanks Tonnie)(24/12/17)

•The musical puppet tribute named
Make Believe Neighborhood, which celebrates Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood‘s 50th anniversary, features musical
from Bonnie Prince Billy, Andrew Bird and others. It will be performed February 2 – 25 at the In The Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre
in Minneapolis.
Martin Dosh is the musical director (thanks ray)(24/12/17)

Ned Oldham has released the final songs of his Dark Mountain EP. Listen from here (01/12/17)

•Volume 3 to 5 of the
Louisville Is For Lovers compilation albums are reissued. Volume 3 contains a Bonnie Prince Billy song. Check from here (01/12/17)

Take a look at footage from 2005 of the Green Man Festival. Superwolf starts at 4:44 minutes (thanks ray)(26/11/17)

Listen to Avey Tare cover Will Oldham’s West Palm Beach (thanks John)(26/11/17)

Read about Ned Oldham's EP Dark Mountain (thanks ray)(26/11/17)

•Listen to
Murmur 63 : Bonnie 'Prince' Billy "Home School You" (thanks ray)(12/11/17)

Listen here to PBS 'American Masters' series: Bonnie Prince Billy profiled / interviewed on (thanks ray)(12/11/17)

•Listen to
Duncan Trussel's podcast episode 264, having an interview with Will Oldham (03/11/17)(thanks ray)

•Flamenco singer
Rosalía recorded a cover of I See A Darkness on her abum Los Ángeles. Read here about her and look at a live version here (thanks ray)(26/10/17)

•Take a
look at the video of Lo Carmen's Sometimes It's Hard (featuring Bonnie Prince Billy on vocals, not in the video) (thanks ray)(26/10/17)