Bonny Light Horseman

Bonny Light Horseman – s/t (album review)

by Woody on January 30, 2020

CREDIT: Nolan Knight

I still remember the first time I heard Charlie Darwin by The Low Anthem. It was spine-tingling and to date remains one of my favorite tracks of all time. The title track, the story of a English solider, gave me that exact feeling. This folk-trio combo/”supergroup” of Anais Mitchell, Josh Kaufman and Eric D. Johnson had struck a nerve with me

Funny thing is I wouldn’t say I was a massive fan of any of them on their own. I like their music fine and respect their skill but the news of this coming together was met with mild excitement. But let me tell you, this is one of the best folk albums that I’ve heard in quite some time. After Mitchell takes the lead on the opening title track, Johnson takes the lead on the second, Deep In Love and delivers one of the finest performances of his career.

At this point, you’d think the album has nowhere to go but down. But it doesn’t. From one track to the next, my mouth was left agape. Comprised of their interpretations of folk classics, it just goes from amazing track to another. Jane Jane, with the call and response between Johnson and Mitchell makes you want to stop strangers on the street and hand them your headphones. I told my buddy that it is the tune that Jack and Meg would have made if they did a folk album. Towards the end, Justin Vernon pops up on Bright Morning Stars in a track that will sooth your weary body, mind and soul. It is an elixir for these trying times.

In a nutshell, this is a stunning album that you should spend as much time as possible with. If they happen into your town, run don’t walk to see them live.

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Bonny Light Horseman announces s/t debut on 1/24

by Woody on December 12, 2019

CREDIT: Nolan Knight

Bonny Light Horseman is the trio of Anaïs Mitchell, Eric D. Johnson, and Josh Kaufman and they are here to put their spin on some old folk classics. I have heard this album and let me tell you my friends, it is outrageously good. Here’s a little snippet on the process.

Each musician brought their own musical ideas to the rehearsals and the direction toward traditional songs from the British Isles emerged quickly. “I think it’s fair to say we are all inspired by traditional music in different ways,” Mitchell says. “We wanted to rework old songs but not in a ‘research project’ way. The emotions, the feeling of momentousness, the openness—even the chords being in open tuning—we wanted everything to be wide open. It was very healing to delve into these old stories and images that have existed for so long that you can rest in them.”

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