Thursday, June 9, 2022

Bonny Light Horseman - "California"

Photo by D. James Goodwin

The folk supergroup of Bonny Light Horseman completely won me over when I saw them last year at the Green River Festival, and I finally have a new song to play incessantly. Anais Mitchell, Eric D. Johnson, and Josh Kaufman have released "California," and it fits right in with what we love about Bonny Light Horseman. This is modern folk done at its finest. It's all gorgeous vocal harmonies with hynpotic guitar. Bonny Light Horseman are simply mesmerizing in their music, and this one of their more magnificent ones.

Eric D. Johnson says of the new song:

“This one started off as a little crooked minor-key old timey tune. Then the three of us took it through the ringer together and it became what you’re hearing now. We sat in a room in the woods of New York and clawed and pawed at it until it turned into a little bittersweet shuffler. Our first record was largely centered on the old world, whether it was some sort of mythical sweeping landscape on some British Isle, or maybe the old cities of the American East. This is probably our first West Coast song. It’s a sad one, a story about pulling up roots, new beginnings, goodbyes, early morning long drives, riding into the sunrise instead of the sunset. They usually don’t end movies riding into the sunrise but this movie has that scene.”

You can listen to "California" below. Rolling Golden Holy is due out October 7 via 37d03d, and can be pre-ordered here. For more on Bonny Light Horseman, check out the artist's website. Upcoming tour dates are below the song.

6/09 - Portsmouth, NH - The Music Hall
6/10 - Portland, ME - Thompson’s Point**
6/11 - East Providence, RI - Bold Point Park**
6/12 - Richmond, VA - Virginia Credit Union LIVE!**
6/15 - Kansas City, MO - Starlight Theatre**
6/17 - Maryland Heights, MO - Saint Louis Music Park**
6/18 - Lincoln, NE - Pinewood Bowl Amphitheater**
6/19 - Fayetteville, AR - Roots HQ on the Avenue
6/21 - Newport, KY - PromoWest Pavilion at OVATION**
6/22 - Chicago, IL - Thalia Hall
6/23 - Indianapolis, IN - Rock the Ruins
6/24 - Nashville, TN - Ascend Amphitheater**
6/25 - Asheville, NC - Rabbit Rabbit**
6/26 - Asheville, NC - Rabbit Rabbit**
7/23 - Newport, RI - Newport Folk Festival
8/04-07 - Edmonton, Canada - Edmonton Folk Festival
8/11-13 - Gothenburg, Sweden - Way Out West
9/07-10 - Park City, UT - Park City Song Summit
9/17 - Easthampton, VA - Arcadia Folk Festival
9/30  - Sonoma, CA - Sonoma Winery Barn at Gundlach Bundschu
10/02 - San Francisco, CA - Palace of Fine Arts
10/04 - Portland, OR - Aladdin Theater 
10/05 - Seattle, WA - Neptune Theater
10/07 - Santa Cruz, CA - Rio Theatre
10/08 - Los Angeles, CA - Lodge Room
10/09 - Los Angeles, CA - Lodge Room
12/1-4 - Key West, FL - COAST Is Clear Festival
12/06 - Nashville, TN - Basement East
12/10 - Washington, DC - Howard Theatre 
12/11 - Philadelphia, PA - Underground Arts
12/14 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg
** w/ Bon Iver

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