Bonnie Prince Billy + Bitchin Bajas
Previously Performed in: 2016, 2011
(Louisville, KN/Chicago, IL) Folk, Singer-Songwriter
Feeling down? Got the weight of the world bearing down on your shoulders? In need of a little reassurance? Don't reach for the self-help books, and resist the siren song of motivational speakers. What you really need is a little time with Bonnie Prince Billy + Bitchin Bajas. The former half of that collaboration likely needs no introduction. One of the most esteemed voices in the alt-folk world, Bonnie Billy (born Will Oldham) is a peerless performer with a gift for haunted melodies and unforced Americana. Bitchin Bajas, on the other hand, are more known for crafting lysergic expanses of chirping electronics and acoustic drones — the kind of music you don't so much listen to as lie back and soak yourself in. Taken together, they're a cure-all for the unpleasant excesses of modern living. The title of their collaborative album, Epic Jammers and Fortunate Little Ditties, tells you everything you need to know about the pairing and process of Bonnie Billy + Bitchin Bajas. Recorded in a single day, the album consists of soothing, improvised songs, with Oldham repeating fortune cookie mantras over the Bajas' meditative foundations. It was a creative risk, sure, but it turns out that when you combine these two disparate acts, the similarities are purely transcendental.