Best Troubador

 
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Bonnie Prince Billy
Best Troubador

[ Spunk / CD ]

Release Date: Friday 19 May 2017

With Best Troubador, Bonnie 'Prince Billy pays homage to a long-time and forever hero, the late Merle Haggard. A singer who, some 25 years previously, first performed in public by playing a Merle Haggard song, Bonny has often cited Merle's work in performance, on records and in conversation with anyone who was around, even talking to Merle himself for Filter magazine in 2009.

The songs sung on Best Troubador are pulled from all over - from Haggard's 3rd album in 1967 through to his 47th in 2011 - but this is no simple hits compilation. Capable only of occupying a shared space between himself and Merle Haggard, Bonny chose personal favorites, singing the songs he wanted to sing, to find Merle and himself together in the music. Only two of Hag's thirty-eight (!) country number ones are included, and only two others that charted at all. Seven of the sixteen songs are from his later period, after his long run at the top of the country charts had ended, but before encroaching mortality could finally cease the singular and indefatigable creativity of Merle Haggard.

Tracks:

1. The Fugitive
2. I'm Always On A Mountain When I Fall
3. The Day The Rains Came
4. Haggard (Like I've Never Been Before)
5. I Always Get Lucky With You
6. Leonard
7. My Old Pal
8. Roses In The Winter
9. Some Of Us Fly
10. Wouldn't That Be Something
11. Pray
12. That's The Way Love Goes
13. Nobody's Darling
14. What I Hate (Excerpt)
15. I Am What I Am
16. If I Could Only Fly