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Bonny Light Horseman signs to Jagjaguwar and shares “When I Was Younger"

21 February 2024, 16:21 | Written by Tyler Damara Kelly

Bonny Light Horseman – the trio of Anaïs Mitchell, Eric D. Johnson, and Josh Kaufman – have signed to Jagjaguwar and have released their debut single for the label, “When I Was Younger"

Produced by Kaufman and recorded at Levis Corner House – a century-old Irish watering hole in Ballydehob, County Cork – the brand new single, “When I Was Younger”, is released alongside a video filmed on location and shot by Jason Lee, Donal Scannell, and Colm Rooney.

“There’s a whole genre of trad songs with this ‘domestic frustration’ sentiment, like ‘Single Girl Married Girl,’ ‘Wish I Was A Single Girl Again,’ etc. This song is inspired by those, but we wanted to write it as a duet, to tell two sides of a story,” says the band. “We recorded it live, so you can hear coughing, cars, and the whole audience did that wordless wail with us in the middle. It felt like a primal collective shake-off. Next morning we were collecting our things from the pub and the owner Joe was out front in flip-flops sweeping up the cigs from the street singing, ‘When I was younger, I used to dress fancy…’”

Over the years, Bonny Light Horseman’s core trio has amassed an impressive resume. Mitchell is a celebrated solo artist as well as the playwright and songwriter behind the hit Broadway musical Hadestown, which notched eight Tony Awards and a Grammy for Best Musical Theater Album. Johnson is best known as the mind behind Fruit Bats, as a longtime collaborator with The Shins, and as a film score composer. And Kaufman is a songwriter, producer, and position player, having recorded and performed with artists ranging from Bob Weir to The War on Drugs to Taylor Swift, Hiss Golden Messenger and The Hold Steady.

As a group, Bonny Light Horseman’s self-titled debut album received a GRAMMY nomination for Best Folk Album, while the track "Deep in Love" was nominated for Best American Roots Performance.

"When I Was Younger" is out now via Jagjaguwar.

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