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Bill Callahan Announces First New Album in Six Years

Shepherd in a Sheepskin Vest Due Out June 14 via Drag City

May 02, 2019 Bill Callahan
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Bill Callahan has announced a new album, Shepherd in a Sheepskin Vest, which is his first in six years, since 2013’s Dream River. It’s due out June 14 via Drag City and features 20 songs. No new music has been shared from it as yet, but below is the album’s tracklist and above is the cover art. Also below are Callahan’s upcoming tour dates, as well as a teaser video showing the Shepherd in a Sheepskin Vest vinyl record being made in the plant.

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. As a press release explains: “It was suddenly harder for him to find the place where the songs came, to make him and these new experiences over again into something to sing. His songs have always been elusive, landing lightly between character study and autobiography, as the singer-songwriter often does. This felt different, though. After 20 years of putting music first, he wasn’t prepared to go away from it completely. Or perhaps, after all the time, the obvious needs to be made just a little more explicit?”

The press release points out that many of the album’s songs are short.

Shepherd in a Sheepskin Vest Tracklist:

1. Shepherd’s Welcome
2. Black Dog on the Beach
3. Angela
4. The Ballad of The Hulk
5. Writing
6. Morning is My Godmother
7. 747
8. Watch Me Get Married
9. Young Icarus
10. Released
11. What Comes After Certainty
12. Confederate Jasmine
13. Call Me Anything
14. Son of the Sea
15. Camels
16. Circles
17. When We Let Go
18. Lonesome Valley
19. Tugboats and Tumbleweeds
20. The Beast

Bill Callahan Tour Dates:


6/13/19 Pappy and Harriet’s Pioneertown Palace, Pioneertown CA
6/14/19 The Lodge Room, Los Angeles CA
6/15/19 The Lodge Room, Los Angeles CA
6/17/19 Henry Miller Library, Big Sur CA
6/18/19 The Castro Theeatre, San Francisco CA
6/19/19 Gundlach-Bundschu Winery, Sonoma CA
6/21/19 Wonder Ballroom, Portland OR (Early Show)
6/21/19 Wonder Ballroom, Portland OR
6/22/19 Neptune Theatre, Seattle WA
7/5/19 Lawrence Public Library, Lawrence KS
7/6/19 Cedar Cultural Center, Minneapolis MN
7/7/19 Thalia Hall, Chicago IL
7/8/19 Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, Detroit MI
7/10/19 The Sinclair, Cambridge MA
7/11/19 Murmrr Theatre, Brooklyn NY
7/12/19 White Eagle Hall, Jersey City NJ
7/13/19 World Cafe Live, Philadelphia PA
7/14/19 Miracle Theatre, Washington DC
7/15/19 Miracle Theatre, Washington DC
7/16/19 Cat’s Cradle, Carrboro NC
7/17/19 Terminal West, Atlanta GA
7/18/19 Proud Larry’s, Oxford MS


9/29/19 Vicar Street, Dublin IE
10/1/19 Usher Hall, Edinburgh UK
10/2/19 Albert Hall, Manchester UK
10/3/19 Eventim Apollo, London UK
10/5/19 La Cigale, Paris FR
10/6/19 Ancienne Belgique, Brussels BE
10/7/19 TivoliVredenburg, Utrecht NL
10/8/19 Admiralspalast, Berlin DE
10/10/19 Store Vega, Copenhagen DK
10/11/19 Rockefeller Music Hall, Oslo NO
10/12/19 Göta Lejon, Stockholm SE
10/13/19 Pustervik, Gothenburg SE

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