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Will Oldham’s tribute to the late Merle Haggard is as loose, unpredictable, and charming as any Oldham fan might expect. Forgoing the obvious—no “Okie from Muskogee,” a vibrant but straightforward “Mama Tried,” a Lefty Frizzell song Haggard recorded in the '80s (“That’s the Way Love Goes”)—Best Troubador highlights every era of the outlaw’s career, often sounding more like a porch sit than a formal studio production, albeit by an excellent band—fitting for a guy who did as he pleased and tore up the rules in the process.


Born: December 24, 1970 in Louisville, KY

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

After his stints performing as Palace, Palace Songs, Palace Brothers, and under his own name throughout the '90s, by the end of the decade Will Oldham seemed to finally settle on the Bonnie "Prince" Billy moniker as the main outlet for his work. Regardless of the name he used to release his music or the musicians supporting him, Oldham's style remained largely the same, pitting shambling and often sparse music against his creaky, world-weary voice and literate lyrics. The Louisville, Kentucky native...
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