If you’re playing Six Degrees of Knoxville, here’s another way to tie in Drag City Records artists (and indie-rock darlings) Faun Fables and Bonnie “Prince” Billy — other than their previous East Tennessee performances, which we chronicled in previous interviews here and here.
Billy (real name: Will Oldham) and Faun Fables founder Dawn McCarthy have teamed up for a new album for Drag City titled “What the Brothers Sang,” due Feb. 19. Don and Phil Everly — famous for such folk gems as “Bye Bye Love,” “Wake Up, Little Susie” and “Cathy’s Clown” — lived in Knoxville for a short time in the early 1950s, graduating from West High School.
According to the Drag City PR, “these new versions rethink The Everly Brothers for the audience of listeners today, people who naturally might have no knowledge or experience with those songs … ‘What the Brothers Sang’ is made with deep respect for, is inspired by The Everly Brothers, but it pays tribute by being a record that only Dawn and Bonnie could make, and only in the room with the players that had come to join them. Their duets are a sensuous display of give and take that includes everything that’s resonating in the room, every surface that’s being pressed or rubbed or hit is a part of the action. Their harmonies are in the tradition, but they are their own, not cutting-on-the-dotted-line of Everlys magic.”
No word yet on track listings for the album.