MusicNOW Festival is a unique event curated by Bryce Dessner of The National, that encourages collaboration and unique live music experiences.  Alumni include Justin Vernon (Bon Iver), The National, Glen Hansard, Sufjan Stevens, Bonnie Prince Billy, Sharon Van Etten, Megafaun, Matthew E. White and more.  I’ve been lucky enough to have photographed it for the last 3 years and it’s one of my favorite events I attend every year. I have a CD copy of the whole compilation and it’s fantastic!  I highly recommend this 7ʺ and if you’re ever in Cincinnati in March, check out the festival too!

The Details

Our friends at pressed up a vinyl excerpt from our MusicNOW compilation. It's a hand-numbered edition of 400 copies on black-vinyl. We got our hands on a few dozen copies & are selling them here. Note that you can get the 7" with a digital download of the full album for a slightly higher price at our Bandcamp page:

The A-side features one-off indie super group Sounds of the South, a collaborative project featuring Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon, Sharon Van Etten, Megafaun, and the Matthew E. White-led ensemble Fight the Big Bull, performing the evocative American gospel-bluegrass ballad “Trials, Troubles, Tribulations” which was written and originally recorded by Estil C. Ball in 1959. Their take on the tune is bluesy,soulful, and soaring, highlighting vocals from Justin Vernon and Sharon Van Etten. It’s the only officially released recording from Sounds of the South.

The B-side kicks off with Bonnie “Prince” Billy performing a stripped-down, solo version of “Love Comes To Me” (the album opener and highlight from his 2006 LP The Letting Go). It’s a stunning and plaintive tune that has long proven to be a fan favorite and which translates particularly well to live performance. It’s followed by a unique collaboration performance from Dessner’s instrumental project Clogs and The Books doing “Classy Penguin” (a rare non-album cut from The Books). Bright, lovingly textured, and cerebral, this is a personal favorite of ours from the collection.

Side A:

Sounds of the South "Trials, Troubles, Tribulations" (feat Justin Vernon & Sharon Van Etten)
Side B:

Bonnie "Prince" Billy "Love Comes To Me"
The Books with Clogs "Classy Penguin"

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