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Bill Callahan Shares New Song “35”

Gold Record Due Out September 4 via Drag City

Jul 13, 2020 Photography by Hanly Banks Callahan
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Bill Callahan is releasing a new album, Gold Record, on September 4 via Drag City. Callahan will be releasing a new single from the album every Monday up until the release date and now he has shared its third single, “35,” in which he sings that he “can’t see myself in the books that I read, these days/Used to be I saw myself on every single page.” Listen below.

Previously Callahan shared the first single from Gold Record, “Pigeons.” It humorously opened with Callahan declaring “Hello, I’m Johnny Cash.” Then he sang from the perspective of a limo driver who mainly works weddings, reflecting on marriage, as he looks back at the newlyweds in the back of the limo. “Pigeons” was one of our Songs of the Week. Then Callahan shared the album’s “Another Song,” which was a song about afternoon delight, playing hooky from work to make love to your partner.

Gold Record is the follow-up to 2019’s Shepherd in a Sheepskin Vest, released last June via Drag City. That was his first album in six years, since 2013’s Dream River, so Gold River represents a quick turnaround time for Callahan. Following Dream River Callahan got married and had a kid and after those big and happy life changes he had trouble tapping into his usual songwriting well. It seems like the songwriting is flowing more freely now. While prepping to go on a long tour for Shepherd in a Sheepskin Vest and contemplating being away from his family for a long time, he pulled out some sketches from his notebooks and finished some of them. The basics of Gold Record were recorded live with Matt Kinsey on guitar and Jaime Zurverza on bass.

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