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Updated 18/01/22

Old news


check for updates, some dates disappeared from the
Drag City Tours page, I have marked them grey for now:

Bonnie Prince Billy and Matt Sweeney
24/02/22 Newport, KY, Southgate House
26/02/22 West Newark, OH, Ballroom at 31 (all shows w/ Powers/Rolin Duo)
23/02/22 Buffalo, NY, The Ninth Ward (cancelled)
25/02/22 Northampton, MA, Academy of Music Theatre (cancelled)
26/02/22 Ithaca, NY, Hangar Theatre (cancelled)

27/02/22 Pittsburgh, PA, The Warhol at Carnegie Lecture
Kalamazoo, MI, Bell's Eccentric Café
01/03/22 Cleveland, OH, Gartner Auditorium at the Cleveland Museum of Art (cancelled)
Chicago, IL, Constellation (early & late show)
03/03/22 Chicago, IL, Constellation (early & late show)
04/03/22 Minneapolis, MN, The Fitzgerald Theater (cancelled)
Omaha, NE, The Waiting Room (w/ Emmett Kelly)
06/03/22 Iowa City, IA, The Englert Theatre (w/ Jonathan Richman) (cancelled)
Milwaukee, WI, The Back Room at Colectivo (w/ Sam Wagster)

Denver, CO, Mission Ballroom
Colorado Springs, CO, The Black Sheep
Albequerque, MN, El Rey Theatre (last 3 show w/ Sleep)

Old tourdates:
Bonnie Prince Billy and Matt Sweeney, w Dave Pajo & Emmett Kelly:
17/12/21 Tivoli NY, Kaatsbaan Cultural Park Theatre
18/12/21 Tivoli NY, Kaatsbaan Cultural Park Theatre
19/12/21 Tivoli NY, Kaatsbaan Cultural Park Theatre

Matt Sweeney & Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy
10/12/21 San Francisco, CA, Castro Theater (tickets)

03/09/21 Providence, RI, Columbus Theatre (w/ Angel Bat Dawid)
04/09/21 Peterborough, NH Peterborough Town Hall, Long Live The Thing
05/09/21 Bath, ME, Maine Martime Museum (w/ Little Wings)

02/08/21 Los Angeles, CA, The Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever

07/06/21 Big Sur, CA, Henry Miller Memorial Library
Big Sur, CA, Henry Miller Memorial Library
Big Sur, CA, Henry Miller Memorial Library
Sonoma, CA, Gundlach Bundschu Winery
Sonoma, CA, Gundlach Bundschu Winery
Ojai, CA, Ojay Retreat & Inn
Malibu, CA, Dry Gulch Ranch
16/06/21 Pioneertown, CA, Pappy & Harriet's

02/12/20 8:00 pm Fitzgeralds 12 Streams of Christmas, Song For Song: Jon Langford & Bonnie "Prince" Billy (live online, check here for info)
Listen and look here

05/12/20 CatSong Festival, a virtual festival celebrating the music of Yusuf/Cat Stevens featuring performances from a.o. Matt Sweeney & Bonnie Prince Billy (thanks ray)
Listen and look here to the festival

10/06/20 Folk Medicine live stream benefit concert for the people of the Amazon.
Listen and
look back here
With Bonnie Prince Billy, Mariee Sioux, Devendra Banhart, Santiparro and many more artists.
More info here


•In May a collaborative meeting between singer/songwriter
Will Oldham and graphic artist Lori Damiano comes out as a book on Drag City:
Shorty's Ark illustrates a tale that launches from the biblical story of Noah, emerging as a green earth-affirmative examination
of a wild variety of species to engage young minds with its unusual choices (07/01/22)

•Released November 20:
Happy Hollerdays 2021 - A Special Benefit Album for Team West Kentucky Tornado Relief Fund. Containing a Bonnie Prince Billy cover of a Ramones song (22/12/21)(thanks Sascha)
Amongst the other contributors are Nathan Salsburg, Rachel Grimes, Joan Shelley, Teddy Abrahams, Cheyenne Mize. Also listen to the last track!

•Released November 8:
Kidnapped by Neptune by Bonnie Prince Billy & Bill Callahan, written by Scout Niblett featuring Hamerkop (08/11/21)
the video by Chad Blevins

•To be released 10-12-2021:
Blind Date Party by Bonnie Prince Billy & Bill Callahan. The album of the earlier released coverversions now on vinyl, CD and MC (08/11/21)

Bonnie Prince Billy sings along on Love Farewell on the upcoming Jake Xerxes Fussell album. Out January 21 on Paradise Of Bachelors (thanks Léon)(01/11/22)

•Not available online and at records stores but only if you sign up at PBS Radio:
Best of Studio 5 Live: 20 Years of Easey Street download compilation.
Contains a live version of
Grand Dark Feeling of Emptiness by Bonnie Prince Billy (thanks Sasacha)(25/10/21)

•Louisville musicians honor deceased uitarist
Wink O’Bannon with new album af covers, read here and honor here. Participants include, among many others: Louisvillians Will Oldham, Todd Brashear (Slint), Catherine Irwin and Anna Krippenstapel (Freakwater), Tara Jane O’Neil, David Grubbs (thanks ray)(18/09/21)

Bonnie Prince Billy and Andrew Rinehart cover Friend Of The Devil by the Grateful Dead, listen here. From a 6 song EP called Have Fun Idiot!, coming out August 6 on sonaBLAST! (thanks ray)(31/07/21)

Ashley Shadow announces new album Only The End, it contains a song featuring Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy on vocals: Don't Slow Me Down (thanks ray)(25/07/21)

•Check this official live video by
Matt Sweeney & Bonnie 'Prince' Billy with Emmett Kelly: My Body is My Own (25/06/21)

Songs In The Key Of Death by Sad13 / Bonnie "Prince" Billy & Nathan Salsburg will be released digitally (thanks ray)(18/06/21)

Matt Sweeney & Bonnie "Prince" Billy released Watch What Happens: Bonnie & Sweeney + Joan Shelley & Nathan Salsburg cover each other on this new single (thanks ray)(08/06/21)

Nathan Salsburg releases Psalms, a record of (mostly) Hebrew psalms. It comes out on August 20 on No Quarter Records. Among others, Will Oldham is playing along (03/06/2021)

Andrew Rinehart's forthcoming EP Have Fun Idiot (on sonaBLAST!) will be out due August 6. It feature a duet with Bonnie Prince Billy on a cover of the Dead’s "Friend of the Devil"
more here (thanks ray) (27/05/21)

•Listen and look to
We Won't Go Quietly by Kira Skov and Bonnie “Prince” Billy (18/05/21)

•Listen and look at/to the latest
Superwolves single Resist The Urge, video directed by Kevin "Spanky" Long and Atiba (28/04/21)

•Already released in 2020:
Savory (Jawbox cover) with C.J. Boyd + Will Oldham and the Quarantaine Choir. From the compilation Safe In Sound on Joyful Noise Recordings (25/04/21)

•Listen to a new duet with
Bonnie Prince Billy from the forthcoming album Spirit Tree by Kira Skov: Some Kind of Lovers (24/04/21)

Broeder Dieleman & Bonnie Prince Billy release a split single on May 21: Love Is The First Law / There Are Worms In Your Circle. Information here and here (09/04/21)

No Quarter released a single sided 12" with etching: Three Feral Pieces by Bonnie "Prince" Billy, Nathan Salsburg, Max Porter. For more information check here (02/04/21)

•Listen and look at/to Matt Sweeney & Bonnie "Prince" Billy playing
Only Someone Running (Official Live Performance) (25/03/21)

•Listen and look at/to the latest
Superwolves single My Blue Suit, video directed by Geoff McFetridge (23/03/21)

•Released March 4:
She Is My Everything by Bonnie Prince Billy & Bill Callahan, written by John Prine featuring Sir Richard Bishop (05/03/21)
the video by Jade Healy. This is the last song in the serie. It was a blast.

•Released February 26:
I Want To Go To The Beach by Bonnie Prince Billy & Bill Callahan, written by Iggy Pop featuring Cooper Crain (26/02/21)
the video by Jacob Forman

•Released February 19:
The Wild Kindness by Bonnie Prince Billy & Bill Callahan, written by David Berman featuring Cassie Berman (20/02/21)
the video by Ben Berman

Matt Sweeney & Bonnie Prince Billy announce a new album: Superwolves. Look at the new video of the beastly duo Hall of Death (09/02/21)

•Released February 5, a new song by
Kira Skov & Bonnie Prince Billy: We Won't Go Quietly (05/02/21)

•Released February 1:
The Night of Santiago by Bonnie Prince Billy & Bill Callahan, written by Leonard Cohen featuring David Grubbs (01/02/21)
the video by Bill Ross & Turner Ross

•Released January 25:
Arise, Therefore by Bonnie Prince Billy & Bill Callahan, written by Will Oldham featuring Six Organs of Admittance (25/01/21)
the video by David Lowery

•Released January 20:
Night Rider's Lament by Bonnie Prince Billy & Bill Callahan, written by Mike Burton featuring Cory Hanson (22/01/21)
the video by Augustine Frizzell

Look here at the video of Night Light by Thee Conductor, the second song with Bonnie Prince Billy from his album Spirit Of A Ghost, to be released today (22/01/21)

•Take a look at
the video accompanying Stoic by Bob Arellano (16/01/21)

•Released January 15:
Lost in Love by Bonnie Prince Billy & Bill Callahan, written by Air Supply featuring Emmett Kelly (16/01/21)
the video by Hanly Banks Callahan

•Released January 6:
Miracles by Bonnie Prince Billy & Bill Callahan, written by Johnnie Frierson featuring Ty Segall (09/01/21)
available on split 7" containing the cover and the original song. Check the video by Sai Selvarajan

•Released January 1:
Rooftop Garden by Bonnie Prince Billy & Bill Callahan, written by Lou Reed featuring Giorgios Xylouris (02/01/21)
the video by Kris Rey

•To be released on February 5:
Last Poems by Bob Arellano. Musical settings for the posthumous poetry of D.H. Lawrence with singing contributions by Will Oldham.
Listen to Stoic (feauring Will Oldham) here (31/12/20)

•Released December 21:
I've Been The One by Bonnie Prince Billy & Bill Callahan, written by Lowell George featuring Meg Baird (21/12/20)
the video by Gretal Zozula

•Released December 15:
Sea Song by Bonnie Prince Billy & Bill Callahan, written by Robert Wyatt featuring Mick Turner (15/12/20)
Take a look at
the video by Dave Bryant

•Released December 12:
Letters Sung To Friends and Little Bird by Bonnie Prince Billy & Bill Callahan, written by Jerry Jeff Walker featuring Nathan Salsburg (15/12/20)

•Released December 11:
I Love You by Bonnie Prince Billy & Bill Callahan, written by Jerry Jeff Walker featuring David Pajo (11/12/20)

•Listen and look to
Thee Conductor w/ Bonnie 'Prince' Billy playing Tsk, tsk. From the forthcoming album Spirit of a Ghost tbr January 22 on
Sixgunlover Records and Spaceflight Records (thans ray)(11/12/20)

•Take a look at the new video for
Make Worry For Me and read here about it (thanks ray)(11/12/20)

•Released December 3:
Our Anniversary by Bonnie Prince Billy & Bill Callahan (earlier released on Supper by Smog) featuring Dead Rider (08/12/20)
Video by Andrew Droz Palermo

other news

Bill Callahan and Will Oldham discuss their collaborative album, read here(18/01/22)

Bill Callahan and Bonnie Prince Billy merge their musical minds, by Amanda Petrusich read here (thanks ray)(18/01/22)

•Take a look to a
recorded live stream from Tim Heidecker with Bill Callahan and Will Oldham, that took place on January 6, 2022 (07/01/22)

•Read and listen to an interview with
Will Oldham and Matt Sweeney on WAMC (thanks ray)(14/12/21)

•Wildsam Announces New Guide:
Kentucky Bourbon Country. Local contributors include, among many others, singer-songwriter Will Oldham (thanks ray)(04/12/21)

•The 20th-anniversary version of
Fish & Crabs is available on red vinyl, now directly from Bob Arellano.
Inner Dunes, the recordlabel where it was released on in 2019 has disappeared, but Bob saved some copies.
As extra track on the vinyl there's an unreleased live version of
West Palm Beach sung by Bob Arrellano and Will Oldham, recorded in 2017.
The digital version now has 3 bonus tracks from that period, with Will Oldham on organ and slideguitar.
Check here (27/11/21).

Jonathan Richman picks 10 favourite tracks for a weekend playlist, asked by Will Oldham to do so (thanks ray)(08/11/21)

•The band
Springtime with Jim White, Gareth Liddiard and Chris Abrahams will release their self-titled debut album on November 5. It contains a cover of West Palm Beach (25/10/21)

•Listen to
When I'm President, a poem by Shannon Burns read by Will Oldham from the Leveza Radio site (thanks Sascha)(17/10/21)

•Read here
The Guest List: Superwolves: Matt Sweeney and Will Oldham tell about the books they like (12/10/21)

•Listen to
episode #16, the last one of a series on the music of Will Oldham on Concertzender (12/10/21)

Read here about ‘Dans le Chambre du Sultan’, the new film from Javier Rebollo, it is set to start shooting in may, and will feature Will Oldham - apparently horse riding and singing in Arabic (thanks ray)(25/09/21)

•The movie
Hands That Bind by Kyle Armstrong will be screening at the Calgary International Film Festival. Will Oldham play barkeep (25/09/21)

The Everly Brothers documentary Harmonies from Heaven can be watched on BBC 4: starring among others Will Oldham (25/09/21)

•Listen to the Low Profile Podcast
#44 with Sean O'Hagan. Find out he's working on an album with Bonnie Prince Billy (thanks John)(13/09/21)

Bob Arellano released a new old album, check here: Havanarama / Havana Club (13/09/21)

•Coming out soon: the self-titled album by
Feast Of Smoke. That is Amber and Paul Oldham, with help a.o. from Jeremy Gagon, Neil Hagerty and George Wethington (13/09/21)

•Listen to
New Partner re-imagined by Horse Apples (13/09/21)

•Listen to
episode #14 and episode #15 of a series on the music of Will Oldham on Concertzender (02/09/21)

Here's an interview with Matt Sweeney & Bonnie 'Prince' Billy recorded August 7 on TUSK TV (thanks frankie)(20/08/21)

•Read here:
Maxwell’s: An Oral History, with contributions by Will Oldham, Matt Sweeney and many others (20/08/21)

•Check out the
earlier directors cut of Scout Niblett & Will Oldham's song Kiss (thanks Thaddeus)(20/08/21)

•The Superwolves
Matt Sweeney & Bonnie 'Prince' Billy take over the airwaves in an hour long NTS radio show (thanks ray)(25/07/21)

•Listen to
Bed Is For Sleeping covered by Horse Apples (13/07/21)

•New on the
Superwolves merchtable: a Not Fooling poster (13/07/21)
Also: check out this
doubledecker bus

•Listen to
episode # 13 of a series on the music of Will Oldham on Concertzender (13/07/21)

David Ferguson releases video, directed by Will Oldham for his Guy Clark cover Boats To Build, off his upcoming solo LP, read the story behind it here and look at the video here (thanks ray)(02/07/21)

•Rough Trade
presents a live Online Q&A with Matt Sweeney & Bonnie "Prince" Billy via Zoom joined by special guest host TBA (for UK peeps only) (thanks Dan)(17/06/21)

Here's an interview with Will Oldham & Matt Sweeney in the LA Times (thanks ray)(17/06/21)

Bonnie “Prince” Billy will have an on-line conversation with Mairi Campbell from Scotland as part of scotland's 'folk film gathering' on Thursday 01/07/21 at 7pm (thanks ray)(15/06/21)

•Check out
Matt Sweeney & Bonnie "Prince" Billy on Office Hours Live at about 42 minutes in (15/06/21)

•Listen to
episode #12 of a series on the music of Will Oldham on Concertzender (08/06/21)

•Look and listen to
Thee Superwolves' Shorty's Ark tutorial (08/06/21)

•From June 16 you van listen to the Murder Ballad Podcast ‘
Songs In The Key Of Death’ From Nevermind Media Set With Songs From Will Oldham & SAD13
Read about it
here and here (thanks ray)(03/06/2021)

A geographical guide to Superwolves: Will Oldham and Matt Sweeney guide us through the cities that have defined their lives and careers (thanks ray)(29/05/21)

•Get a set of
Kentucky playing cards and check who's on the 2 of hearts (29/05/21)

Sparce and Spindly by Yawning Chasm contains a Palace Brothers cover: Ohio River Boat Song (29/05/21)

David Ferguson who recorded and played with Bonnie Prince Billy will release a new record in September through Fat Possum: Nashville No More (29/05/21)

•Listen to
Episode 101 of Broken Records podcast: Superwolves: Bonnie Prince Billy & Matt Sweeney, hosted by Rick Rubin (thanks Aldwin)(18/05/21)

•Listen to
episode #11 of a series on the music of Will Oldham on Concertzender (08/05/21)

The Guide to Films About Music, by Musicians: Will Oldham and Matt Sweeney take you on a cinematic journey (07/05/21)

Check out
the playlist Will Oldham and Matt Sweeney made for the Italian Rolling Stone (07/05/21)

•Listen to a live version of
Make Worry For Me, recorded for the BBC (02/05/21)

•Listen to
Just The Two Of Us: Der exklusive Zündfunk Gästemix von Bonnie Prince Billy & Matt Sweeney (28/04/21)

•Already released October last year on
Dust-to-Digital: a box set containing the flip side of 78-rpm records that Harry Smith included on The Anthology Of American Folk Music.
It has liner note contributions by more than 80 artists, writers, and musicians that have been inspired by Harry Smith’s work including
Will Oldham (on one song) and many others (28/04/21)

Return Of The Superwolves by Chris Deville on Stereogum (23/04/21)

•Matt Sweeney & Will Oldham
on Magic Sam – 1957-1966 West Side Guitar (23/04/21)

•Read about
Superwolves on FolkRadio (23/04/21)

•Check out
Emmett Kelly's debut album The Feast of Brass Snakes. Out on HaHa (thanks John)(14/04/21)

•Check out What's On Bonnie "Prince" Billy's shelf
here. Via Drag City's Instagram you can also see What's on Matt Sweeney's shelf (09/04/21)

•Listen to
episode #10 of a series on the music of Will Oldham on Concertzender (09/04/21)

limited formats of Superwolves are available to buy from Domino Mart: Make Coffee For Me: bean coffee from Brazil selected by Matt Sweeney and
Make Worry For Tea – a 75g Rose/Basil infusion specially created by Bonnie “Prince” Billy made by The Old Tea House, Covent Garden (31/03/21)

Howl Like a Superwolf by Chris Heath in GQ Magazine (25/03/21)

Will Large has written "Affects, indexes and signs Will Oldham and the authenticity of the voice in popular music" Read here (30/03/21)

•Listen to the Dutch
Concertzender, to part 9 of a serie on the music of Will Oldham (07/03/21)

•Check this new
Alan Licht album: Three Chords and a Sword: Solo Cover Versions 1988-2020, it contains a great version of Stabe Will (05/03/21)

Here's footage of a recently found 1998 gig in Annadale, NY at the Bard College by Will Oldham and the Anomoanon (thanks Tonnie)(05/03/21)

•Listen to
Week-End Mixtape #20: Bonnie Prince Billy and Matt Sweeney (28/02/21)

•Check out
Brothers of the Fang: From Pups to Superwolves (19/02/21)

Read here what Bob Arellano has to say about his just released album Last Poems and what roll Will Oldham had in it (07/02/21)

•Listen to the Dutch
Concertzender, to part 8 of a serie on the music of Will Oldham (31/01/21)

Listen to Ep. #591: Matt Sweeney talking about Bonnie “Prince” Billy and Superwolf, Chavez, Gone Glimmering and more (09/01/21)

•Look at
Our Library about the Louisville Library featuring Will Oldham as The Librarian and singing a Phil Ochs song (thanks Sascha)(16/10/20)