Producer Spotlite: Bonnie “Prince” Billy


Who:  Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy

What: Indie God

Where:  Louisville, KY

“Prince” Boniface “Bonnie” Billy goes by many names—St. Nick, Lucifer, AKA Joe—but close friends call him by his “nick name”, which is short for “Nicolas Nameham”, which is long for “NiNa”, which is backwards for “aNiN”, which sounds a bit like “anon” which is short for “anonymous”, and he prefers to keep it that way.   Only recently has he come clean against the wall of speculation concerning his mysterious origins.

Bonny’s parents performed intercourse merely once, but it was deeply tantric, lasting so long they conceived and birthed 3 children during the single act.    Bonny was born Siamese twins, conjoined at every part of the body—overlapped perfectly on top of one another so he looked like just one guy.   During puberty, Bonny’s Other began to itch, so he underwent a procedure to be surgically separated from himself, cell by cell.  When doctors attempted to reassemble the extracted Boniface, they wound up with just two frogs, a jaybird, and a monkey holding a banjo.  It was at this point he began to noodle around with music.

The Bonny ‘Prince’ quickly showed skill:  he could reach into an oak tree with his bare hands, pull out its still beating heart and show it to the tree before it dropped dead.  Afterwards he reached into its corpse and pulled out a handful of chili.  It was upon this chili that Le Bonnes supped during his lean years of artistic struggle.

Determined to forge his own scrappy sonic path, Billy invented a brand new musical note out of just a bottle cap, a sack of raisins and a lawnmower engine, all held together with dried duck sauce and twine.

Every night he fell asleep with cookies in his mouth, wet the bed in the shape of Abraham Lincoln, and awoke covered with bruises in the shape of lyrics.  The first time Bonnie tried to sing, nothing came out except thousands of flies.  He nursed these creatures on the milky diligence of his meaty teat and soon their bellies were so round they sang like angels.

His new album is a bit of a departure.  As this was his first project without the backing of the Pips, Our Bonne chose to surrender full control of the recording process to his mustache, Lionel.  When asked about the topic, Dr. Boniface P. Billy will only reply “There are… no words to describe… the things I say.”

So, tragically, it is left to the critics to summarize his work:

“They say the great ones are misunderstood in their time?  Bonny Prince Fucking Billy can’t even tell time.”
KY Daily

“Dr. Prince-Billy’s music demands that the listener climb directly into his own heart and sniff every cranny until finding the one cranny fit to be anointed King Of Crannies and then scrape up that cranny and carry it home in his CrannyBag© (sold separately).”

“He has beehive pubic hair.”
Vanity Fair

“Music so lovely it makes Beauty Itself look like a wart on a turd puked a tumor.”

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Producer Spotlite: Kris’ Hot Yoga


Who: Kris’ Hot Yoga

What:  Online Yoga Instruction

Where: Waukee, IOWA

Kris, (200 RYT) was a very talented track and cross country athlete in high school and college.  Taking her love of athletics into her career choice, Kris earned a BA in Health and Wellness and went on to work in the health and fitness industry for over twenty years. Kris has been a Wellness Specialist, Group Fitness Instructor, Regional Aerobics Champion runner-up and International Presenter.  In the past ten plus years, Kris has developed a love and passion for yoga and what it can do to transform one both mentally and physically.  Kris wants to ensure that everyone gets the maximum benefit from each class; making every movement intentional and allowing your mind to take over when you think your body cannot continue.  Kris has worked with, and takes great inspiration from acclaimed Yogi Shiva Rae as well as many other world renowned yogis in the areas of hot yoga (Bikram Style), Anusara, Vinyasa, and Hatha yoga.  Kris is presently the owner of Kris’ Hot Yoga.  At Kris’ Hot Yoga we focus on the connection between mind & body through hot yoga.

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Producer Spotlite: Endurance Films


Who:  Endurance Films

What:  Multimedia Sports Production

Where:  Louisville, KY

Endurance Films is the recognized leader in full service HD video production focusing on the production and worldwide distribution of endurance sports training multimedia and entertainment. With partnerships spanning from professional athletes and coaches to experts in sports science and medicine, Endurance Films brings a wide range of experience and knowledge to the process of sports video production. Since 2000, Endurance Films has released top-selling videos in triathlon, marathon, cycling, strength training, yoga and more. Endurance Films is the official film production company of USA Triathlon and a member benefits provider for USA Cycling.

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Producer Spotlite: Keith McGill


Who:  Keith McGill

What:  Stand Up Comedian

Where:  Louisville, KY

What kind of comic is Keith?  Well, he’s the guy you want to sit next to at a boring meeting.  He’s clever, insightful, and a little bit eye-opening.  His comedy is truth with a twist. Indianapolis’ NUVO said, “Keith McGill has a style that is smooth and temperate, and lacks any gaudy gimmicks or catch phrases, making him one of the best standup acts within earshot… His material is positive and PG-13, yet still intelligently critical of the comical absurdities [of life]…The Louisville native is impossible not to like.” As well as being popular internationally on Royal Caribbean Cruises, Keith has appeared on BET and CMT, and is a Bob and Tom Show favorite, as well as a much sought-after entertainer for corporate events.. A sample of his comedy:

“The economy is getting better, but the media isn’t saying very much about it.  They like it when the news is bad.  When the stocks were dropping, that was all they could talk about. ‘Oh, my God, your stocks are going down!  Watch your stocks! Watch your stocks!’  I was like, I should be watching my stocks.  Then I realized—I don’t have any stocks!  I was broke when the meltdown started; I’ll be broke when it’s over.  My portfolio is stable. I’m not waiting for my 401(K) to come back—I don’t have one. My 401(K) is a Powerball ticket.  My retirement plan is a slippery floor at WalMart. I got nothing.”

Keith has appeared on The Bob and Tom Show and BET’s Comic View and has performed in many venues including cruise ships for Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines and his unique brand of humor has been well received

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Producer Spotlite: Hoots And Hellmouth


Who:  Hoots and Hellmouth

What:  Roots/Soul Band

Where: Philadelphia, PA

Philadelphia’s Hoots & Hellmouth blend the twisted roots of American music in a fierce and fiery alchemy. Soulful three-part harmonies comingle with stringed things and foot stomps to build a synergy that bursts from both stage and speaker with aural aplomb. It’s city and country. It’s rock and soul. It’s bleeding, sweating, crying, rejoicing…It’s alive! Ask anyone who’s seen them perform, from Portland, ME to Portland, OR, and they’ll tell you the same.

Five years, eight bassists and two full-length albums into its career (2007’s “Self-Titled” and 2009’s “The Holy Open Secret”), the band continually seeks to evolve. New songs, new sounds, new members…changes keep things fresh and vibrant. To that end, 2011 promises to produce quite a harvest for Hoots & Hellmouth. New songs under construction are available to fans via the band’s “Window In The Woodshed” blog, and studio versions of those songs and more will be released independently throughout the year.

One thing that won’t change any time soon is the band’s love of the road. Touring relentlessly both on their own and with friends (Dr. Dog, O’Death, Heartless Bastards, Langhorne Slim, Grace Potter, etc.), the band performs in all manner of venues. From rock clubs to folk festivals, they tour consistently and persistently, including triumphant stops at Wakarusa, the Philadelphia Folk Festival, thousands of dive bars and more than a few farms in between.

Hoots & Hellmouth see every show as an opportunity to help strengthen a sense of local community among their audiences. More than just a product, this music is at once a celebration and a mourning – championing the human potential to feel deeply and come together as a unified whole, while bemoaning the fact that much in modern life seems to work against just that. It’s a catharsis for damaged 21st Century humans and their environs. It’s new music for old souls.

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Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy on NPR

NPR called Gyroskope producer Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy “one of the most celebrated singer-songwriters in the country” last week in a very interesting radio interview.  Interview topics included Zach Galifianakas, R. Kelly and Jackass 3D.  Will also plays a game called The World’s Oldest Virgin about 50’s singer Doris Day.  I won’t spoil the interview for you, but Will does explain that R. Kelly is one of his musical heroes and goes on to interpret some R. Kelly lyrics for the folks at NPR…

NPR: For example, here are some lyrics from an R. Kelly song, and I want you to interpret them for us, as a fellow artist.
OLDHAM: All right.
NPR: Like Jurassic Park, I’m your Sexasaurus, baby.
NPR: So….
NPR: What’s your interpretation of that lyric, Will Oldham?
OLDHAM: We’re born under the same star sign and he has another great line in a song where he says “inside of your walls there will dwell a Capricorn.” And it’s the same kind of idea. He finds places to put animals.

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