The term “folk supergroup” seems a little odd, as the folk genre typically features a standalone songwriter. But there is no better term to describe country outfit Bonny Light Horseman.
The trio consists of heavy-hitters Anaïs Mitchell, Eric D. Johnson, and Josh Kaufman. Mitchell is best known these for her work on Broadway, specifically Hadestown, which has earned her a handful of awards. Johnson had a brief stint with the classic indie-rock group The Shins, and also fronts his own project, Fruit Bats. Kaufman made a name for himself recording and arranging for The National’s early work, but has expanded into doing session work for Taylor Swift, and a brief collaboration with Bob Weir.
Together as Bonny Light Horseman, the trio released “Exile,” the third single from their sophomore album Rolling Golden Holy, out October 7th. The song’s modest three and a half minute runtime shows the group’s country side with subdued banjo and tried-and-true song form. While their debut album was by no means not folk/country music, the direction they take on Rolling Golden Holy emphasizes more of their folk and country influences.
Horseman is going on tour, starting with the Edmonton Folk Festival on August 5th and 6th. They make a stop in Philadelphia on December 12th at Underground Arts. More details can be found using the WXPN Concerts and Events page.