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November 3 2019

Bonnie Prince Billy “I Made A Place” out now!


American troubadour Bonnie “Prince” Billy has unveiled his long-awaited new album I Made A Place, out now via Spunk Records / Drag City. The release for the Louisville singer-songwriter, otherwise known as Will Oldham, marks the first full-length release of original material in 8 years.
I Made A Place features a band comprised of picker Nathan Salsburg, ex-Gary Burton Quartetdrummer Mike Hyman and singer-songwriter Joan Shelley. Influenced by songwriters John Prine and Tom T. Hall and inspired by the state of Hawaii, I Made a Place finds Oldham using his considerable powers for good.
I Made A Place is available for digital download only (except for track 6 ‘Squid Eye‘, which you can listen to below).
Oldham has kept busy in recent years, releasing works under his given name and covers of seminal artists such as Merle Haggard and the Everly Brothers, or more notably, collaborating with Bryce Dessner of The National for the Grateful Dead celebration, Day Of The Dead.
In a statement about I Made A Place, Oldham outlines his experiences and perceptions of the music industry across the past decade or so, providing context surrounding his time away fromBonnie “Prince” Billy original releases:
“In recent years, the whole world of recorded music, in the way that such music is conceived, perceived, recorded, released and distributed, has been atomized. I tried holding my breath, waiting for the storm to pass, but this storm is here to stay and its devastation is our new landscape. What else is a person to do except what he knows and feels, which for me is making records built out of songs intended for the intimate listening experiences of wonderful strangers who share something spiritually and musically? I started working on these songs thinking that there was no way I was going to finish them and record and release them. This was a constructive frame-of-mind that protected the songs until this frightening moment when we let go of them and give them to you.”