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After his stints performing as Palace, Palace Songs, Palace Brothers, and under his own name through the entire ’90s, by the finish from the decade Will Oldham appeared to finally choose the Bonnie “Prince” Billy moniker because the main outlet for his function. Whatever the name he utilized release a his music or the music artists helping him, Oldham’s design remained largely exactly the same, pitting shambling and frequently sparse music against his creaky, world-weary tone of voice and literate lyrics. The Louisville, Kentucky indigenous proved helpful as an professional during the past due ’80s and early ’90s, starring in John Sayles’ 1987 mining film Matewan and showing up within the 1989 Television film Everybody’s Baby: The Recovery of Jessica McClure as well as the 1991 big-screen film Thousands of Pieces of Yellow metal. Oldham debuted being a musician in 1992 using the Move City one Ohio River Fishing boat Tune, which he released as Palace Tracks; his debut album, THERE’S No-One EXACTLY WHAT WILL Look after You, came the following season being a Palace Brothers providing. By 1995’s Viva Last Blues he was starting to are Palace Music, a name that trapped until 1997’s Joya, which Oldham released under his very own name. Nevertheless, with 1998’s Dark Dissimulation and the next year’s I Visit a Darkness, the Bonnie “Prince” Billy name appeared to stick, generally: apart from the soundtrack Ode Music and Guarapero: Shed Blues 2, nearly all Oldham’s function after that was acknowledged to Bonnie “Prince” Billy. Simplicity Later on found its way to early 2001, offering collaborators David Pajo, Catherine Irwin, Mike Fellows, and Tranquility Korine. Grasp and Everyone made an appearance two years later on. In 2004 arrived the discharge of a fairly surprising task for Oldham — Bonnie “Prince” Billy Sings Greatest Palace Music, where his typical collaborators were became a member of by a music group of Nashville program musicians for a couple of refined re-recordings of tunes from his back again catalog. Oldham’s following project discovered him collaborating with guitarist Matt Sweeney (who experienced previously caused Chavez and Zwan, in addition to playing banjo on Simplicity Later on) for the evocative January 2005 discharge Superwolf. Reflective, bittersweet, and achingly melodic, it had been praised among the year’s initial truly solid albums. Oldham and Sweeney implemented up Superwolf that July with a protracted one, I Gave You, offering two non-album monitors. Sweeney was also readily available for the live record Summer within the Southeast, released by Sea Take note in November 2005. Oldham and Sweeney had been joined by way of a complete music group for the displays. The vocalist released another single record, The Letting Move, in Sept 2006 and implemented it up with an EP of cover music titled Consult Forgiveness in November 2007. Oldham was specifically prolific in 2008, starting the year using the live recording Wilding in the Western, an Australia-only launch documented in California during his 2007 tour. That springtime, Oldham came back with LAY DOWN within the Light, one of is own more refined attempts, which he adopted that fall with COULD IT BE the ocean?, another live recording documented on his 2006 U.K. tour and released by Domino. Just a couple months later on in springtime 2009, Beware, an ambitious work featuring efforts from Rob Mazurek, Azita Youseffi, as well as the Mekons’ Jon Langford, showed up, yet another live work, Funtown Comedown, made an appearance before the season was up. His following project included the Cairo Gang, loosely a single task for guitarist Emmett Kelly (who acquired often used Oldham). The co-billing created an archive in early 2010 entitled THE SWEETNESS Show of the planet, accompanied by the likewise themed Wolfroy Would go to City in 2011. Marble Downs, a cooperation using the like-minded Trembling Bells, made an appearance in 2012, as do Today Here’s My Program, a six-song EP beneath the Bonnie “Prince” Billy moniker including reworkings of old music. The EP offered as a friend piece for Oldham’s publication Will Oldham on Bonnie “Prince” Billy, a assortment of discussions between Oldham and experimental sound designer Alan Licht. In 2013 Oldham reteamed with Allowing Go visitor vocalist and Faun Fables frontwoman Dawn McCarthy for What the Brothers Sang, a assortment of Everly Brothers addresses. That same 12 months he self-released an unannounced self-titled recording on his Palace Information imprint. Oldham required the grassroots strategy on the recording very seriously, heading so far as hand-delivering copies to record shops as a way of distribution. In 2014 the 11th Bonnie “Prince” Billy recording, Singer’s Grave/A Ocean of Tongues, materialized. Though Oldham have been continuously prolific, the record was his initial substantially distributed primary materials since 2011’s Wolfroy Would go to City, though a lot of the record reworked music from that period with different agreements. In early 2016, Oldham had taken a look back again using the record Pond Scum, a couple of live-in-the-studio recordings originally slice for John Peel’s BBC radio system, which included several Palace/Bonnie “Prince” Billy favorites and an idiosyncratic cover of Prince’s “The Mix.” That same yr noticed Oldham collaborating with Krautrock revivalist Cooper Crain’s Bitchin Bajas within the LP Epic Jammers & Fortunate Small Ditties, in addition to releasing another recording with Trembling Bells, The Bonnie Bells of Oxford. IN-MAY 2017, Oldham released Greatest Troubador, a tribute to Merle Haggard where Bonnie “Prince” Billy and his close friends covered 15 tunes written or documented by the fantastic country star.

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1 Vocalist and main songwriter of the musical group Palace Brothers (aka Palace Music, Palace Songs, or simply Palace.)
2 On tour with singer-songwriter Björk (as Bonnie Prince Billy). [August 2003]


Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Pete's Dragon 2016 arranger: "The Dragon Song" / lyrics: "The Dragon Song" / music: "The Dragon Song" / performer: "The Dragon Song" - as Bonnie 'Prince' Billy / producer: "The Dragon Song"
American Honey 2016 writer: "Careless Love"
True Detective 2015 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Jes and Lora 2015 Short performer: "Three Questions", "The Way" / writer: "Three Questions", "The Way"
Revenge of the Mekons 2013 Documentary performer: "Beaten and Broken" written by the Mekons
This Must Be the Place 2011 performer: "Lay & Love" - as Bonnie 'Prince' Billy / writer: "Lay & Love", "Open Up", "You Can Like It", "If It Falls, It Falls" - as W. Oldham
Palermo Shooting 2008 performer: "Death to Everyone" - as Bonnie Prince Billy / performer: "Torn and Brayed" / writer: "Death to Everyone", "Torn and Brayed"
The Lives of the Saints 2006 writer: "I See A Darkness"
Cry_Wolf 2005 performer: "Sea Lion" / writer: "Sea Lion"
Drawing Restraint 9 2005 "Gratitude"
Dead Man's Shoes 2004 writer: "A King at Night"
All the Real Girls 2003 performer: "All These Vicious Dogs" / writer: "All These Vicious Dogs"
Love Liza 2002 performer: "Song Of All" / writer: "Song Of All"
Cold Turkey 2001 TV Movie documentary performer: "Take However Long You Want"
Dean Quixote 2000 writer: "New Partner"

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
A Ghost Story 2017 completed
Lofa Boy 2014 Short post-production Frank
Edén 2014 John
Time and Distance 2013 Short
Pioneer 2011 Short Dad
New Jerusalem 2011 Ike Evans
The Edge of Town 2008 Short Hunter
Wendy and Lucy 2008 Icky
Xavier: Renegade Angel 2008 TV Series Reverend
Trapped in the Closet: Chapters 13-22 2007 Video Sgt. Platoon
Poolside Chats with Neil Hamburger 2006 TV Series Bonnie Prince Billy
Wonder Showzen 2006 TV Series Pastor Pigmeat
Old Joy 2006 Kurt
The Guatemalan Handshake 2006 Donald Turnupseed
Junebug 2005 Bill Mooney, scout
Julien Donkey-Boy 1999 uncredited
Radiation 1999 Will
Elysian Fields 1994 Short Benjamin Wilder
Thousand Pieces of Gold 1991 Miles
Everybody's Baby: The Rescue of Jessica McClure 1989 TV Movie Chip Mcclure
Matewan 1987 Danny Radnor
What Comes Around 1985 Young Tom Hawkins

Composer

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Jes and Lora 2015 Short
Pow Pow Pow 2011 Short
This Must Be the Place 2011
Tripping with Caveh 2004 Video documentary short
An Injury to One 2002 Documentary
Ode 1999
The Broken Giant 1998

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Jes and Lora 2015 Short composer: title music - songs composed by / music
Wendy and Lucy 2008 composer: theme music
Love Liza 2002 composer: song "Song Of All"

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Sailing a Sinking Sea 2015 Documentary executive producer

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Wonder: The Lives of Anna and Harlan Hubbard 2012 Documentary Harlan Hubbard (voice)
Magnetic Reconnection 2012 Documentary short voice
A Wilderness of Mirrors 2011 Documentary Migrating Musician
Jackass 3D 2010 Documentary Himself
Music Makes a City: A Louisville Orchestra Story 2010 Documentary Narrator
Soft Focus 2007 TV Series Himself - Guest
The Dirty Three 2007 Video documentary Himself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien 2006 TV Series Himself
Fresh Art Daily 2004 Documentary Himself
Tripping with Caveh 2004 Video documentary short Will
The Everly Brothers: Harmonies from Heaven 2016 TV Movie documentary Himself
Revenge of the Mekons 2013 Documentary Himself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2012 David David di Donatello Awards Best Song (Migliore Canzone) This Must Be the Place (2011) · David Byrne

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2012 IOMA Italian Online Movie Awards (IOMA) Best Original Score (Miglior colonna sonora) This Must Be the Place (2011) · David Byrne
2006 ICP Award Indiewire Critics' Poll Best Lead Performance Old Joy (2006)


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