Bonnie 'Prince' Billy Unveils Album Details Via Valentine Video
It's looking like we're in store for another Bonnie 'Prince' Billy album this spring. In a cryptic YouTube Valentine's Day video, it appears that the acclaimed singer-songwriter (whose real name is Will Oldham) has teamed up with the Cairo Gang -- the moniker of California based singer-songwriter Emmett Kelly. We learn a few things from the video, as the backside of a woman is uncovered, revealing a thong and garter get-up. Painted on her body is the album's title, 'The Wonder Show of the World' and the names of the artists -- Bonnie 'Prince' Billy and the Cairo Gang. A sparse acoustic strumming guides us along to the end result: it's out March 23 on Drag City.
While this is the first co-billing of Oldham and Kelly, the two have recorded a lot in recent times. Kelly contributed to Oldham's 2006's 'The Letting Go,' as well as 2009's 'Lie Down In The Light.' And any day that a new Oldham record is announced is typically a good one -- he's been increasingly cryptic about giving anyone clues that anything is ever coming. Late last year, a vinyl-only live album ('Funtown Comedown') came out under the name Bonny Billy and the Picket Line. And, in 2008, he released 'Wai Notes,' a collaboration with Faun Fables' Dawn McCarthy, under his intentionally misspelled Bonny Billy moniker.
He's also been increasingly fond of co-recordings -- a covers record with Tortoise appeared in 2006 and a project called Superwolf with guitarist Matt Sweeney appeared in 2005. This May, he'll also appear on an upcoming tribute to Graham Nash called 'Be Yourself: A Tribute to Graham Nash's 'Songs For Beginners,' -- Oldham contributes the tune "Simple Man (Hombre