Bonny Light Horseman Share New Single “Sweetbread”

Bonny Light Horseman–the trio of Anaïs Mitchell, Eric D. Johnson, and Josh Kaufman–today shared their new song “Sweetbread”, the fourth single from their anticipated sophomore album, Rolling Golden Holy, due out on October 7th (37d03d Records). The spirited, inventive, and winding track features a lithe tenor saxophone performance from Mike Lewis

“We cut ‘Sweetbread’ late in the evening at Aaron Dessner’s Long Pond studio last summer. Kinda like starting to watch a movie too late, everyone was getting a little sleepy-eyed. Anaïs went off to bed with her then-one-year-old while some of us kept jamming on the main riff for a while, unsure of what we were moving towards. It got really, really late and the tune we started playing had abstracted itself to an unrecognizable shape as we stretched and improvised through the form,” explains Kaufman. “The next morning listening back I thought this is SO groovy and different than anything we’d made up to that point, but very much still sounded like us. We were giddy to play it for Anaïs and have her take a pass singing over it. She sang the verses down over the improvised jam and it really felt magical to us. It’s very rare for this band to use a song without a live vocal, however it became the path forward for ‘Sweetbread.’ It’s a funny thing, texturally and energetically, quite a leap from the ethereal/oceany tones and vibes that tend to typify our sound, and on the other hand, since it’s drawing shape and inspiration from older folk songs like ‘Jack Of Diamonds’ and ‘Rye Whiskey’, it’s very much in the wheelhouse of songs from our first LP… kinda like a sister song to ‘Green Rocky Road’ or something. It’s adventure music and it’s elastic and it pays no mind as it jumps out of the speakers.”

Bonny Light Horseman Tour Dates:
9/17 – Easthampton, VA – Arcadia Folk Festival
9/30 – Sonoma, CA – Sonoma Winery Barn at Gundlach Bundschu
10/01 – San Francisco, CA – Hardly Strictly Bluegrass
10/02 – San Francisco, CA – Palace of Fine Arts
10/04 – Portland, OR – Aladdin Theater
10/05 – Seattle, WA – Neptune Theater
10/07 – Santa Cruz, CA – Rio Theatre
10/08 – Los Angeles, CA – Lodge Room
10/09 – Los Angeles, CA – Lodge Room
12/1-4 – Key West, FL – COAST Is Clear Festival
12/06 – Nashville, TN – Basement East
12/07 – Atlanta, GA – Terminal West
12/08 – Asheville, NC – Masonic Lodge Theatre
12/09 – Durham, NC – MotorCo Music Hall
12/10 – Washington, DC – Howard Theatre
12/11 – Philadelphia, PA – Underground Arts
12/13 – Cambridge, MA – The Sinclair
12/14 – Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg
12/16 – Westerly, RI – United Theatre
12/17 – Portland, ME – Portland House of Music
12/18 – Burlington, VT – Higher Ground
02/04/23 – Leeds – Brudenell Social Club
02/05/23 – Glasgow – St. Luke’s (Celtic Connection)
02/06/23 – Manchester – Band On The Wall
02/07/23 – London – Union Chapel