Bill Callahan reveals new album Shepherd in a Sheepskin Vest: Stream

The troubadour's first since 2013

Bill Callahan, photo by Hanly Banks Callahan

    Bill Callahan returns with his new album, Shepherd in a Sheepskin Vest. Stream it in full below via Apple Music or Spotify.

    Due out through Drag City, Shepherd serves as the long-awaited follow-up to 2013’s acclaimed Dream RiverAccording to a press statement, much had transpired since the release of that last LP. Not only did Callahan get married, but also had a child — both huge life changes that affected his songwriting:

    “But afterwards, 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,” the press release explains. “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?”

    (Read: Bill Callahan: Caught in the Reeds with America’s Post-Modern Patriot)

    The statement goes on to describe the 20-track album as having “shorter” songs than usual, a tradeoff for the sheer number of songs themselves. It also says Callahan wrote them “from somewhere beyond his Eagle-Apocalypse-Riverheadspace” and, as a result, the record is “very much its own beast.”


    Callahan will support Shepherd with a US tour that runs throughout summer and fall. Grab your tickets here.

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    Shepherd in a Sheepskin Vest Tracklist:
    01. Shepherd’s Welcome
    02. Black Dog on the Beach
    03. Angela
    04. The Ballad of The Hulk
    05. Writing
    06. Morning is My Godmother
    07. 747
    08. Watch Me Get Married
    09. 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