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Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy’s Black Cab Session

Bonnie Prince Billy – Black Captain from Black Cab Sessions on Vimeo.

this is the 100th recording from London’s Black Cab Sessions.

 for any Portlandia fans out there, this reference will resonate: the 1890s are alive in Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy… he’s an eccentric man, to say the least, and has rocked the turn of the 20th century look for almost two decades, making him well ahead of his hipster time.

Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy (aka Will Oldham) has been making music in various incarnations, from the Palace bands in the early 90s to his new moniker, since 1993. my favourite song of his is “My Home is the Sea” from the album Superwolf, which he recorded with Matt Sweeney (of Chavez and Guided By Voices). albums of note, for me, are Beware and the live recording Is it the Sea?. his last album was Wolfroy Goes to Town from 2011, which has the studio version of “Black Captain”. it is also worth a good listen.

also, check out Black Cab Sessions’ website for more incredible recordings from Laura Marling, Calexico, Alela Diane, First Aid Kit, Band of Horses, My Morning Jacket, the Antlers, Johnny Flynn, Richard Thompson, Cave Singers, Fleet Foxes, Our Broken Garden, Bon Iver, and many many more… some really great stuff there.

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