Bonnie "Prince" Billy & Cheyenne Mize: Among the Gold

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Among the Gold
Cheyenne Marie Mize and Bonnie "Prince" Billy are releasing Among the Gold, their rendition of a collection of 19th Century American parlor music handpicked by the duo, and it is available to enjoy for everyone for free (download the whole album here!)

“In the summer of 2008,” describes Mize, “there was a place called Funtown where about 300 lucky folks saw the first official coming-together of The Picket Line, Bonnie "Prince" Billy, and myself. In preparation for this little event, I met and began rehearsing with Will. After our first rehearsal together he asked me to join his touring band for the following Spring.

I had had the idea behind Among the Gold brewing for some time- originally thinking it was going to be me alone- to take some of my favorite very, very old tunes and record them. I offered the idea to Will, needing only a mic and a good room for recording, and he offered me a mic and a good room for recording. I asked him to sing a couple of the songs as duets as well. In the process we very much enjoyed singing together and we decided that they would all make great duets so it became more of a collaborative effort, with him helping me to decide on the rest of the tunes we would record, and helping me with instrumentation and arrangement decisions. And then it was.”

[Published on: 7/27/10]

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