With the release of Pond Scum imminent, floating back in time and fixating on distinguishing periods of Bonnie 'Prince' Billy's career seems only natural! Recorded in the spring of 1994, "The Cross" is a frozen moment, showcasing the prodigious talent of a burgeoning Will Oldham in the early years of his career as Bonnie 'Prince' Billy. A fearless interpretation of the Prince Rogers Nelson song, "The Cross" is breezy and auspicious whilst firmly commanding the surrounding air with just a voice and a guitar. "The Cross" demands your attention as a unique recording, yet still encompasses the integrity of the original. John Peel's BBC sessions may be no more, but his memory still vividly lives on, as does the transcendent collection of Bonnie 'Prince' Billy recordings he's left in his wake.
Going backwards through time produces a curious hypnosis that we may not have felt for some while (we don't actually recall) and may not feel again (who knows?) - until we skim another essence-laden dipper-ful of Pond Scum. Listen to "The Cross" on NPR's Songs We Love and decide for yourself!
Bonnie On Tour:
2/17/16 at Buskirk-Chumley Theatre in Bloomington, Indiana
2/18/16 at Vic Theatre in Chicago, Illinois
2/19/16 at The Accord in Champaign, Illinois
4/1/16 at Big Ears Festival in Knoxville, TN