Will Oldham is eyeing a Sept. 19 release for his next Drag City album as Bonnie "Prince" Billy, "The Letting Go."
Will Oldham is eyeing a Sept. 19 release for his next Drag City album as Bonnie "Prince" Billy, "The Letting Go." The set will be preceded July 25 by the single "Cursed Sleep," which also features album track "God's Small Song" and the bonus cut "The Signifying Wolf," which will not appear on "The Letting Go."
The album was recorded in Iceland with producer Valgier Sigurdsson, best known for his work on recent Bjork projects. Among the contributors are Faun Fables vocalist Dawn McCarthy, guitarist Emmett Kelly, Dirty Three drummer Jim White and Oldham's brother Paul on bass.
Prior to the album's release, Oldham is plotting an 11-date tour of free performances at U.S. record stores, beginning Aug. 10 at Milwaukee's Atomic Records. He is also staging a "paletas social" on July 21 at Nashville's Grimey's, where the imported frozen fruit bars will be served in lieu of the usual ice cream.
The artist is also confirmed for two shows on Aug. 5 at New York's Joe's Pub alongside 71-year-old singer/songwriter Hazel Dickens.
Here are Bonnie "Prince" Billy's free performance dates:
Aug. 10: Milwaukee (Atomic Records)
Aug. 11: Madison, Wis. (Madcity Music Exchange)
Aug. 12: Minneapolis (Roadrunner)
Aug. 13: Iowa City, Iowa (Record Collector)
Aug. 14: Lawrence, Kan. (Love Garden)
Aug. 15: St. Louis (Vintage Vinyl)
Aug. 17: Grand Rapids, Mich. (Vertigo)
Aug. 18: Detroit (Stormy Records)
Aug. 19: Toronto (Rotate This)
Aug. 20: Buffalo, N.Y. (New World Record)
Aug. 21: Cleveland (Bent Crayon)