Bonny Light Horseman “California” – Listen

Photo: James Goodwin-hires

What a pleasure to end the week with what is doubtless destined to be the song of the month.  God, it might be the song of the year.  Bonny Light Horseman, as you know, are Anaïs Mitchell, Eric D. Johnson, and Josh Kaufman and they are gearing up for the release of ‘Rolling Golden Holy‘, their second album.  “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,” explains Johnson, adding that ‘California‘ the album’s first single 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.

Rolling Golden Holy‘, which is out on October 7th, sees another move from the band’s debut – where that was peppered with guests here the only other players are drummer JT Bates and bassist/saxophonist Mike Lewis which promises to cement the band’s sound and throw off any lingering doubts of this being a short lived side-project  – a genuine fear with  a band this good: would they only be around for a year or two?  Would they not fully realise how awesome their sound is and squander their golden glory?  Now we can relax.


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Sure, I could climb high in a tree, or go to Skye on my holiday. I could be happy. All I really want is the excitement of first hearing The Byrds, the amazement of decades of Dylan's music, or the thrill of seeing a band like The Long Ryders live. That's not much to ask, is it?

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