The City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection first met Bonny Light Horseman at Boot & Saddle in February of 2020, just before the world shut down… The band – consisting of singer/songwriter Anaïs Mitchell, multi-instrumentalist/producer/arranger Josh Kaufman, and Fruit Bats leader (and former member of The Shins) Eric D. Johnson – is a folk supergroup of sorts… although they never intended it to be short-lived, any sort of gimmick, or anything else usually associated with the term. The three first came together at the Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival in 2018, and released their self-titled debut LP in January of 2020. Despite having their opportunity for additional live dates cut short, the album earned two GRAMMY nominations (Best Folk Album and Best American Roots Performance) and was hailed by the likes of Paste and Boston Globe as one of the best albums of the year.
This October Bonny Light Horseman released their sophomore full-length, Rolling Golden Holy (courtesy of 37D03D), following five previously released singles. MOJO called the album, “A mellow, timeless mood,” while Uncut proclaimed, “It’s impeccably crafted, with Mitchell and Johnson’s radiant harmonies to the fore over arrangements that sometimes evoke the bittersweet bliss of Fleetwood Mac or turn-of-the-’70s Grateful Dead in their regenerative approach to existing folk forms.” Mitchell, Kaufman, and Johnson are currently on the road with Rolling Golden Holy and will be headlining [the-substantially-bigger-than-Boot & Saddle] Underground Arts Sunday, December 11th. Get your tickets while you can, and check out their recent performance of single “California” for WNRN.
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