Bonny Light Horseman Debut “When I Was Younger”

Bonny Light Horseman have announced they have signed with the indie stalwart Jagjaguwar, debut new single "When I Was Younger"
Bonny Light Horseman photo by Jay Sansone

Bonny Light Horseman have signed to Jagjaguwar and today released their debut single for the indie stalwart label, the cathartic and resonant “When I Was Younger.” The band also announced a headlining U.S. tour, including two nights at NYC’s Music Hall of Williamsburg, as well as summer festival performances at Bonnaroo Music & Arts, Red Wing Roots, and more. The band

Produced by Kaufman and recorded at Levis (pronounced: “leh-viss”) Corner House–a century-old Irish watering hole in Ballydehob, County Cork–“When I Was Younger” is out now alongside a video filmed on location and shot by Jason Lee, Donal Scannell, and Colm Rooney. Mitchell and Johnson’s honeyed voices meet and transform into a two-headed beast formed from pent-up emotion as the lyrics reckon with motherhood, maturation, and all of the things polite society doesn’t say out loud. “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…’”

Bonny Light Horseman includes Anaïs Mitchell, Eric D. Johnson, and Josh Kaufman.

Bonny Light Horseman 2024 Tour Dates

06/11 – Norfolk, VA – Virginia Arts Festival
6/12 – Nelsonville OH – Stuart’s Opera House *
6/13 – Chicago IL – Thalia Hall *
6/14 – Nashville TN – Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival
6/15 – Asheville NC – Orange Peel *
6/16 – Washington DC – Howard Theatre *
6/18 – Brooklyn NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg *
6/19 – Brooklyn NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg ^
6/20 – Philadelphia PA – Union Transfer *
6/21 – Mount Solon VA – Red Wing Roots Festival
6/22 – Northampton MA – Green River Music Festival
6/23 – Cambridge MA – The Sinclair ^
8/10 – Lyons CO – Rocky Mountain Folks Festival

* w/ Alpha Consumer
^ w/ Bridget St John

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