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Bonnie 'Prince' Billy

Also known as

Bonnie 'Prince' Billy, Bonnie Prince Billie, Bonnie "Prince" Billy, Bonnie 'Prince' Billie, Bonnie Prince Billy, Palace Music, Bonny Billy

Musical genres

Country, Alternative country, Folk music

Will Oldham (born December 24, 1970), better known by the stage name Bonnie 'Prince' Billy, is an American singer-songwriter and actor. From 1993 to 1997, he performed and recorded under variations of the Palace name, including the Palace Brothers, Palace Songs, and Palace Music. After releasing material under his own name, he adopted the "Bonnie 'Prince' Billy" moniker for the majority of his output since 1998.
Oldham is known for his "do-it-yourself punk aesthetic and blunt honesty," and his music has been likened to Americana, folk, roots, country, punk, and indie rock. He has been called an "Appalachian post-punk solipsist", with a voice that has been described as "a fragile sort-of warble frittering around haunted melodies in the American folk or country tradition."
Will Oldham first performed and recorded under various permutations of the Palace name, including Palace Brothers, Palace Songs, Palace Music, and simply Palace. Regarding the name changes during this period (1993–1997), Oldham said:

Beginning in 1998, Oldham has primarily used the moniker Bonnie 'Prince' Billy, which draws inspiration from several sources:

Oldham has explained that "the primary purpose of the

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  • Matt Sweeney and Bonnie 'Prince' Billy
  • Tortoise & Bonnie 'Prince' Billy
  • Silver Jews
  • Amalgamated Sons of Rest
  • The Marquis de Tren and Bonny Billy
  • Havanarama
  • Ice vs. Palace Brothers
  • Dawn McCarthy & Bonny Billy
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