Dawn McCarthy & Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy announce collaborative album

on November 21, 2012, 1:22pm

 Dawn McCarthy & Bonnie Prince Billy announce collaborative album

On the heels of their holiday 7″, Will Oldham, aka Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, and Dawn McCarthy of Faun Fables have announced a full LP of Everly Brothers covers. Entitled What the Brothers Sang, the record of retooled classics is due February 9th, 2013 via Drag City.

While the songs pull from four decades worth of material, the record is “no mere gesture of nostalgia; these new versions rethink The Everly Brothers for the audience of listeners today…”. What the Brothers Sang seeks to instill McCarthy and Billy’s uniquely harmonized presence into a collection of songs fit for The Great American Songbook.

The album was recorded with David Ferguson and features Emmet Kelley, Dave Roe, Kenny Malone, Matt Sweeney, Pete Townsend, Billy Contreras, and more. For a taste of what’s to come, check out Billy and McCarthy’s video for “Christmas Eve Can Kill You”, from the aforementioned recent 7″.

In another, non-related collaboration, Oldham has joined forces with Maryland math-rock trio Oxes to cover Sheryl Crow’s “Strong Enough”, which you can stream below. The song is included on a limited split 7″ from Friends Records, which comes backed by a cover of Bruce Springsteen’s “I’m on Fire” by Future Islands’ Sam Herring and Microkingdom. The single will be available December 20th (pre-order your copy here).

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November 27, 2012 at 11:11 pm

Perhaps this collaboration will coax Don and Phil out of retirement for one more grand tour and a global TV spectacular with Dawn and Bobbie as special guests…


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