Bonnie "Prince" Billy
Will Oldham, better known by the stage name Bonnie "Prince" Billy, is an American singer-songwriter and actor. From 1993 to 1997, he performed and recorded under variations of the Palace name, including the Palace Brothers, Palace Songs, Palace Music. After releasing material under his own name, he adopted the Bonnie "Prince" Billy name for the majority of his output since 1998. Oldham was born on January 1970, in Louisville, Kentucky, he lived in Louisville until he graduated from the J. Graham Brown School in 1988 briefly attended Brown University amidst his career in music and film, he is married to the fabric artist Elsa Hansen. Oldham is known for his "do-it-yourself punk aesthetic and blunt honesty," and his music has been likened to Americana, roots, country and indie rock, he has been called an "Appalachian post-punk solipsist", with a voice, described as "a fragile sort-of warble frittering around haunted melodies in the American folk or country tradition."Oldham first performed and recorded under various permutations of the Palace name, including Palace Brothers, Palace Songs, Palace Music, Palace.
Regarding the name changes during this period, Oldham said: Will stated in a 1995 interview with KCRW that the name Palace Flophouse was inspired by reading John Steinbeck's Cannery Row. Beginning in 1998, Oldham has used the moniker Bonnie'Prince' Billy, which draws inspiration from several sources: He has explained that "the primary purpose of the pseudonym is to allow both the audience and the performer to have a relationship with the performer, valid and unbreakable." There Is No-One What Will Take Care of You – Palace Brothers Days in the Wake – Palace Brothers Viva Last Blues – Palace Music Arise Therefore – Palace Music Joya – Will Oldham I See a Darkness – Bonnie "Prince" Billy Ease Down the Road – Bonnie "Prince" Billy Master and Everyone – Bonnie "Prince" Billy Sings Greatest Palace Music – Bonnie "Prince" Billy Superwolf – Matt Sweeney & Bonnie "Prince" Billy The Brave and the Bold – Tortoise & Bonnie "Prince" Billy The Letting Go – Bonnie "Prince" Billy Lie Down in the Light – Bonnie "Prince" Billy Beware – Bonnie "Prince" Billy The Wonder Show of the World – Bonnie "Prince" Billy and the Cairo Gang Wolfroy Goes to Town – Bonnie "Prince" Billy Bonnie "Prince" Billy – Bonnie "Prince" Billy Singer's Grave – A Sea of Tongues – Bonnie "Prince" Billy Epic Jammers and Fortunate Little Ditties – Bitchin Bajas and Bonnie Prince Billy Best Troubador – Bonnie "Prince" Billy Wolf Of The Cosmos – Bonnie "Prince" Billy Songs of Love and Horror - Will Oldham Some of his albums, such as There Is No-One What Will Take Care of You, Viva Last Blues, I See a Darkness, have appeared on greatest albums lists.
Johnny Cash recorded a version of "I See a Darkness" on his American Recordings disc, American III: Solitary Man. Oldham provided backing vocals. Marianne Faithfull included Oldham's A King at Night on her 2003 Kissin Time tour. Steve Adey covered "I See a Darkness" on his 2006 LP All Things Real. Mark Kozelek recorded a version of Oldham's "New Partner" on his 2008 disc, The Finally LP. Katatonia covered "Oh How I Enjoy the Light" on their 2001 EP Tonight's Music. In 2009 Mark Lanegan and Soulsavers recorded a cover version of "You Will Miss Me When I Burn"; the release is a split single, backed with the Lanegan penned "Sunrise" featuring vocals by Oldham. In 2011, Deer Tick's cover of Oldham's song "Death to Everyone" appeared in an episode of Hell On Wheels. Cadaverous Condition covered "Black" on their To The Night Sky album. Oldham began his acting career at age 17, when he portrayed a teen preacher in John Sayles's film about an Appalachian mining community, Matewan. Oldham moved to Hollywood to pursue acting in the late 1980s, landed roles in a couple of films.
However, he became disillusioned with the film industry and quit in 1989. He has since had several minor roles in independent films, such as Julien Donkey-Boy and The Guatemalan Handshake. Oldham took a lead role in Old Joy, featured at SXSW XX and opened at New York's Film Forum on September 20, 2006. During this time, he played the role of a preacher in the "Horse Apples" special of WonderShowzen in series 2 of the show. In 2007, Oldham starred alongside Zach Galifianakis in the alternate music video for Kanye West's Can't Tell Me Nothing. In 2009, he was the narrator of "Madam and Little Boy", a documentary film about atomic weapons directed by Swedish artist Magnus Bärtås. In 2010, Oldham had a small part in Jackass 3D as a gorilla trainer, he revealed that he had to write a theme song in the style of a Saturday morning cartoon show for filmmaker Lance Bangs' life to get the role. Matewan, directed by John Sayles Everybody's Baby: The Rescue of Jessica McClure Thousand Pieces of Gold Elysian Fields Radiation Julien Donkey-Boy, directed by Harmony Korine Slitch, directed by Dianne Bellino Tripping with Caveh, directed by Caveh Zahedi Junebug The Guatemalan Handshake Old Joy Trapped in the Closet- Chapter 15 Wendy and Lucy Madam and Little Boy Jackass 3D Pioneer New Jerusalem Magnetic Reconnection voice Edén A Ghost Story Oldham shot the black-and-white cover photograph of Slint's 1991 album Spiderland, showing the band members treading water in the lake of an abandoned
Courtney Melba Barnett is an Australian singer and musician. Known for her witty, rambling lyrics and deadpan singing style, she attracted attention with the release of her debut EP, I've Got a Friend Called Emily Ferris. International interest from the British and American music press came with the release of The Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas in October 2013. Barnett's debut album, Sometimes I Sit and Think, Sometimes I Just Sit, was released in 2015 to widespread acclaim. At the ARIA Music Awards of 2015 she won four awards from eight nominations, she was nominated for Best New Artist at the 58th Annual Grammy Awards and for International Female Solo Artist at the 2016 Brit Awards. In 2017, she released a collaborative album with Kurt Vile. Barnett's second album, Tell Me How You Really Feel, was released on 18 May 2018. Courtney Melba Barnett was born in Sydney on 3 November 1987, she grew up in Sydney's Northern Beaches. When she was 16, her family moved to Hobart, she attended St Michael's Collegiate Tasmanian School of Art.
Having grown up on American bands, she discovered Australian singer-songwriters Darren Hanlon and Paul Kelly which inspired her to start writing songs. Before finding fame, she worked as a pizza delivery driver. From 2010 to 2011, Barnett played second guitar in Melbourne garage grunge band Rapid Transit, they released one self-titled album on cassette, now a rare collector's item. Between 2011 and 2013, she was a member of Australian psych-country band Immigrant Union, a musical project founded by Brent DeBoer and Bob Harrow. Along with sharing vocal duties, Barnett predominantly played slide guitar and is on the band's second studio album, Anyway. DeBoer played drums on Barnett's first EP, I've Got a Friend called Emily Ferris, it appeared in 2012 on Barnett's own label, Milk! Records. In 2013, Barnett played lead guitar on Jen Cloher's third studio album, In Blood Memory, released on Milk! Records. Following the release of her first EP, Barnett signed to Marathon Artists. In August 2013, Marathon Artists released The Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas, a combined package of Barnett's first EP and her second EP, How to Carve a Carrot Into a Rose.
The Double EP brought Barnett international critical acclaim, with "Avant Gardener", the lead single, named Track of the Day by Q Magazine and Best New Track by Pitchfork in 2013. It was named the album of the week by Stereogum The track "History Eraser" was nominated for the APRA Song of the Year. How to Carve a Carrot into a Rose was released on a limited run by Milk! Records as a standalone EP in October 2013. Marathon Artists and House Anxiety partnered with Mom + Pop Music for the U. S. release of The Double EP in 2014. Milk! Records released a compilation EP, A Pair of Pears, on 10" white vinyl in September 2014, following a crowd-sourcing campaign in July that year; the EP included a Barnett track, "Pickles from the Jar", the song was voted in at number 51 in Triple J's Hottest 100 for 2014. On 30 January 2015, Barnett released details on her upcoming full-length album, recorded in April 2014 with Burke Reid, along with two singles, "Pedestrian at Best" and "Depreston" and accompanying music videos.
The music video for "Pedestrian at Best" features Fraser A Gorman. Her debut album, Sometimes I Sit and Think, Sometimes I Just Sit, was released worldwide via Milk! Records, Marathon Artists / House Anxiety, Mom + Pop Music on 23 March 2015, was accompanied by tours in the UK and Europe and Australasia. Sometimes I Sit and Think was met with critical acclaim, The Guardian, The Times and the Chicago Tribune. In August 2015, Barnett's UK label, Marathon Artists, in partnership with Mom + Pop Music and Milk! Records, launched a global, guerilla campaign for the release of her single Nobody Really Cares If You Don't Go to the Party. Billboards and posters bearing the song's title went up in London, New York, LA, Melbourne and Sydney; the campaign garnered a lot of interest online and across social media and culminated in a surprise busking gig in Camden, London. In concert, Dan Luscombe has played lead guitar and keyboards, having featured on both, How to Carve a Carrot Into a Rose and Sometimes I Sit and Think, Sometimes I Just Sit, the latter of which he co-produced.
When Luscombe was not available, the band performed as a trio, with Barnett handling all guitar duties. Luscombe did not play on Barnett's 2015 tours and she now refers to the band as the "CB3" on her Facebook page; the CB3 moniker features prominently on drummer Dave Mudie's bass drum. Barnett was nominated in eight categories at the ARIA Music Awards of 2015, won four trophies: Breakthrough Artist, Best Female Artist, Best Independent Release and Best Cover Art for Sometimes I Sit and Think, Sometimes I Just Sit. At the end of 2015, Barnett was nominated for a Grammy Award in the Best New Artist category, she was nominated for Best International Female in 2016 for the Brit awards. On 21 May 2016, she was the musical guest on the season finale of Saturday Night Live's 41st season, hosted by Fred Armisen. In January 2016, Barnett appeared on the cover of Happy Mag, and on 27 May 2016, she was the musical guest on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. In 2017, Barnett and Kurt Vile recorded the collaborative album Lotta Sea Lice, released via Matador Records, Marathon Artists and Milk!
Records on October 13. Some of the album collaborators include Stella Mozgawa, Mick Harvey and the Dirty Three's Mick Tuner and Jim White; the lead single "Over Everything" was released on August 30, 2017 accompanied by the music video directed by Danny Cohen
Nina Nastasia is an American folk singer-songwriter. A native of Los Angeles, she first came to prominence in New York City in 2000 after Radio 1 disc jockey John Peel began giving her debut album, airplay; the album earned Nastasia a cult following, was re-released in 2004. Her third album, You Follow Me, was a collaboration with Australian drummer Jim White of Dirty Three; as of 2018, Nastasia has released a total of six studio albums, each produced by Steve Albini. Her musical style has been described as folk and country-influenced with neo-Gothic overtones featuring sparse acoustic guitar accompanied by string arrangements. Nina Nastasia was born and raised in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California and is of Calabrian-Italian and Irish descent; as a child, she studied piano and wrote short stories, but has said she had no aspirations of becoming a professional musician. She began writing songs in 1993, released her first album, Dogs, in 2000. Only 1,500 copies of the album were pressed, with Nastasia putting together the album packaging herself in her apartment.
Nastasia sold them at her shows selling all of them. By the end of the year 2000, the album was out of print. Famed DJ John Peel took notice of the album after having been given a copy by Steve Albini. Peel began playing songs from it on his radio show on BBC Radio 1; the album helped earn Nastasia a cult following. Nastasia has released one in collaboration with Jim White, her first album, was released in 2000 on Socialist Records. Her subsequent albums, The Blackened Air and Run to Ruin, were released on indie label Touch and Go Records, which re-released Dogs in 2004, followed by a national tour; when an audience applauds her live performances and her congenial New York City-based orchestra, minus the singing saw player who left to join the circus, turn to smile at each other."In 2006, On Leaving was released on Fat Cat Records. In 2007, an album on which she collaborated with Jim White entitled You Follow Me was released through Fat Cat. All of Nastasia's albums to date were recorded by Steve Albini, who has ardently praised her music in a number of interviews.
Nastasia subsequently recorded six sessions for late BBC disc jockey John Peel's show. The last one was recorded with the help of Tuvan throat singing group Huun-Huur-Tu. Two of Nastasia's songs were included in Peel's annual Festive Fifty: "Ugly Face" and "You, Her & Me". A 7-inch single, titled "What She Doesn't Know" was released on February 25, 2008; the single featured the title track, along with the song "Your Red Nose". Both tracks were recorded by Steve Albini during the On Leaving sessions. Nastasia has called the single "a good complement to You Follow Me". A solo American and European tour coincided with the release of the single; the single "Cry, Baby" was released on May 10, 2010 internationally and May 18 in the US. Her sixth studio album, followed on June 7, 2010. For a few years, Nastasia had disappeared from the public eye. In September 2017, she performed at the Electrical Audio 20th anniversary party at The Hideout Block Party in Chicago, Illinois. On December 14th, 2018 Nina Nastasia released “a Christmas Tune”, the track Handmade Card.
Nastasia's music has been noted by journalists and critics for blending elements of folk and Americana, with Gothic overtones. Her music has been likened to that of Tom Waits, Devendra Banhart, Neko Case, Cat Power, her songs prominently feature acoustic guitar with various string arrangements accompanying, including cello and viola. Nastasia has stated in interviews that she knows little of musical history, had not intended to become a musician, she has commented that she is a fan of films horror films. Dogs The Blackened Air Run to Ruin On Leaving You Follow Me - collaboration with Jim White Outlaster What She Doesn't Know Cry, Baby You Can Take Your Time Handmade Card 2001 "I Will Never Marry", on the compilation album Comes with a Smile, Volume 3 - Pretty Together 2005 "The Matter", on the Boom Bip album Blue Eyed in the Red Room 2005 "Bird of Cuzco", song on John Peel: A Tribute compilation 2009 "Repulsion", on the compilation album Black and White, given free with issue #12 of Esopus 2010 "Outside the Haus Tambaran", "Sand Reflection" and "Final Call" from the David Corter album Didgeridoo Dimensions 2018 "The Poisoner" on the Daniel Knox album Chasescene Nina Nastasia at AllMusic
Nicholas Edward Cave is an Australian musician, singer-songwriter, screenwriter and occasional actor, best known for fronting the rock band Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. Cave's music is characterised by emotional intensity, a wide variety of influences, lyrical obsessions with death, religion and violence. Born and raised in rural Victoria, Cave studied art before fronting the Birthday Party, one of Melbourne's leading post-punk bands, in the late 1970s, they relocated to London in 1980, disillusioned by life there, evolved towards a darker, more challenging sound, acquired a reputation as "the most violent live band in the world". The Birthday Party is regarded as a major influence on gothic rock, Cave, with his shock of black hair and pale, emaciated look, became an unwilling poster boy for the genre. Soon after the band's break-up in 1983, Cave formed the Bad Seeds. Much of the band's early material was set in a mythic American Deep South, drawing on spirituals and Delta blues, while Cave's preoccupation with Old Testament notions of good versus evil culminated in what has been called his signature song, "The Mercy Seat".
The 1990s saw Cave achieve greater commercial success with quieter, piano-driven ballads, notably the Kylie Minogue duet "Where the Wild Roses Grow", "Into My Arms". More recent releases, including the band's 16th and latest LP, Skeleton Tree, feature abstract lyrics from Cave, as well as elements of ambient and electronic music. Grinderman, Cave's garage rock side project, has released two albums since 2006. Cave co-wrote and starred in the 1988 Australian prison film Ghosts... of the Civil Dead, directed by John Hillcoat. He wrote the screenplay for Hillcoat's bushranger film The Proposition, composed the soundtrack with frequent collaborator Warren Ellis; the pair's film score credits include The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, The Road and Hell or High Water. Cave is the subject of several films, including the semi-fictional "day in the life" 20,000 Days on Earth, the documentary One More Time with Feeling. Cave has released two novels: And the Ass Saw the Angel and The Death of Bunny Munro.
Cave's songs have been covered by a wide range of artists, including Johnny Cash and Arctic Monkeys. He was inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame in 2007, named an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2017. Cave was born on 22 September 1957 in Warracknabeal, a small country town in the Australian state of Victoria, to Dawn Cave and Colin Frank Cave; as a child, he lived in Warracknabeal and Wangaratta in rural Victoria. His father taught mathematics at the local technical school. Cave's father introduced him to literary classics from an early age, such as Crime and Punishment and Lolita, organised the first symposium on the Australian bushranger and outlaw Ned Kelly, with whom Nick was enamoured as a child; when Cave was 9 he joined the choir of Wangaratta's Holy Trinity Cathedral. At 13 he was expelled from Wangaratta High School. In 1970, having moved with his family to the Melbourne suburb of Murrumbeena, he became a boarder and day student at Caulfield Grammar School, he was 19. He would recall that his father "died at a point in my life when I was most confused" and that "the loss of my father created in my life a vacuum, a space in which my words began to float and collect and find their purpose".
After his secondary schooling, Cave studied painting at the Caulfield Institute of Technology in 1976, but dropped out the following year to pursue music. He began using heroin around the time that he left art school. Cave attended his first music concert at Melbourne's Festival Hall; the bill consisted of Deep Purple and Free. Cave recalled: "I remember sitting there and feeling physically the sound going through me." In early 1977, he saw Australian punk rock groups Radio Birdman and the Saints live for the first time. Cave was inspired by the latter band's show, saying that he left the venue "a different person". In 1973, Cave met Mick Harvey, Phill Calvert, John Cochivera, Brett Purcell, Chris Coyne, they founded a band with Cave as singer. Their repertoire consisted of proto-punk cover versions of songs by Lou Reed, David Bowie, Alice Cooper, Roxy Music and Alex Harvey, among others; the line-up slimmed down to four members including Cave's friend Tracy Pew on bass. In 1977, after leaving school, they adopted the name The Boys Next Door and began playing predominantly original material.
Guitarist and songwriter Rowland S. Howard joined the band in 1978, they were a leader of Melbourne's post-punk scene in the late 1970s, playing hundreds of live shows in Australia before changing their name to the Birthday Party in 1980 and moving to London West Berlin. Cave's Australian girlfriend and muse Anita Lane accompanied them to London; the band were notorious for their provocative live performances which featured Cave shrieking and throwing himself about the stage, backed up by harsh pounding rock music laced with guitar feedback. Cave utilised Old Testament imagery with lyrics about sin and damnation. Cave's droll sense of humour and penchant for parody is evident in many of the band's songs, in
On Leaving is the fourth album by American singer-songwriter Nina Nastasia. It was released on September 2006 on Fat Cat Records, it was recorded by Steve Albini and produced by Nastasia, Kennan Gudjonsson, Albini. The album received favorable reviews. Stylus Magazine commented the album was "full bodied and masterful, overshadowing many big-footed leading ladies’ recent folk releases." Pitchfork Media found it "difficult to hear Nastasia pull back to a songwriter-with-guitar style." Jim's Room Brad Haunts a Party Our Day Trip Counting Up Your Bones Dumb I Am Why Don't You Stay Home One Old Woman Treehouse Song Lee Settling Song Bird of Cuzco If We Go to the West Engineered by Steve Albini at Electrical Audio in Chicago. Fat Cat announcement
Kim Leith Salmon is an Australian indie rock musician and songwriter from Perth. He has worked in various groups including The Scientists, Beasts of Bourbon, Kim Salmon and the Surrealists, Kim Salmon and the Business, Darling Downs. Australian rock musicologist, Ian McFarlane, described Salmon as one of the first Australians to "embrace wholeheartedly the emergent punk phenomenon of the mid-to-late 1970s" with The Scientists, he declared that Beasts of Bourbon were "masters of uncompromising gutbucket blues and hard-edged rock'n'roll". In 2004 Salmon was inducted into the West Australian Music Industry Association Hall of Fame. Kim Leith Salmon was born in 1957 in the Western Australian port city of Bunbury, he recalled wanting to be a nuclear physicist until, at the age of 13, he heard "heavy rock stuff" on the radio. He bought his first guitar, "an acoustic steel string thing", for A$14 and taught himself to play "Black Night" and "Tobacco Road". By the age of 18 Salmon had started a fine arts course at a university but deferred after a year, "I didn't fit in with it".
At the age of 19 he was a member of Troubled Waters, a cabaret covers band playing in a Fremantle strip club. In August 1976 with Salmon on lead vocals and lead guitar, he formed Perth's first punk band, The Cheap Nasties, his early influences include The Modern Lovers' self-titled album, New York Dolls, The Stooges. Salmon recruited his high school mates: Mark Betts on drums. After Salmon left in December 1977 they were renamed The Manikins. By early 1978 Salmon had joined The Exterminators replacing Mark Demetrius on lead vocals. Fellow members were John Dowlings on drums; the group were renamed The Invaders, in May 1978 James Baker replaced Dowlings on drums. They changed their name in August Sujdovic left, he was replaced by Dennis Byrne on bass guitar in January 1979. The line up of Salmon, Baker and Radalj recorded their debut single, "Frantic Romantic", which appeared in June that year, it was co-written by Baker. However Byrne and Radalj had left in April and were replaced by Ian Sharples on bass guitar and Ben Juniper on guitar.
In December 1979 and in February and March 1980, as a member of The Scientists, Salmon toured the eastern states of Australia and they appeared on TV pop music series, Countdown. They had issued their debut extended play, The Scientists, in February: Australian musicologist, Ian McFarlane, described the single and EP as "one of the most collectable artefacts of the Australian punk rock era". Further line up changes occurred with Salmon and Sharples recording a studio album of the same name in January 1981; the group broke up and Salmon formed a existing group, Louie Louie, with Brett Rixon on drums, Kim Williams on bass guitar. By August that year Louie Louie had disbanded and The Scientists album was released by EMI. McFarlane felt that Salmon was one of the first Australians to "embrace wholeheartedly the emergent punk phenomenon of the mid-to-late 1970s". In September 1981 Salmon and Sujdovic, with Rixon on drums and Tony Thewlis on guitar, reformed The Scientists and moved to Sydney. McFarlane noted that the Sydney line up had "dropped the melodic, punky power pop of old for a more malevolent, psychedelic-tinged neo-rock'n'roll".
By December 1982 they had issued another single, "This Is My Happy Hour". In September the following year they released another EP, Blood Red River, an influential record of the post-punk era. In March 1984 the group toured the United Kingdom and Europe playing an amalgamation of blues and noise; the Scientists remained in the UK and went through several further incarnations, with Salmon remaining as the sole constant member, before the band returned to Australia in early 1987 and broke up again late that year. Salmon's work with The Scientists in the 1980s influenced grunge music, which rose to prominence around Seattle, United States, before impacting on popular music in the early 1990s; the Scientists relied on unorthodox bass-heavy rhythms and distorted guitars, the latter being a direct precursor to grunge. The term grunge was used by Salmon in the mid-1980s to describe The Scientists' sound, which he recalled for the audience in an Australian Broadcasting Corporation documentary series on Australian music, Long Way to the Top, Episode 6: "Gathering of the Tribes 1984-2000" on 12 September 2001.
Everett True writing for The Guardian in 2011 disputed that Seattle was the origin of the genre, "here's more of an argument to be had for grunge beginning in Australia with the Scientists and their scrawny punk ilk". In August 1983 while still a member of The Scientists, Salmon on guitar joined Beasts of Bourbon as a side project alongside old band mates Baker and Sudjovic. In October that year they recorded The Axeman's Jazz. In February 1984 Salmon and Perkins formed Salamander Jim with Richard Ploog on drums, however by the following month Salmon had returned to his commitments with The Scientists. During The Scientists 1987 tour of Australia Salmon formed Kim Salmon and the Surrealists in Perth as an indie pop group. Fellow founders were Tony Pola on drums, their first two albums, Hit Me with the Surreal Feel and Just Because You Can't See It... Doesn't Mean It Isn't There, were described by McFarlane as having a "dark, confrontational sound powered by
Charlyn Marie "Chan" Marshall, better known by her stage name Cat Power, is an American singer-songwriter, occasional actress, model. Cat Power was the name of Marshall's first band, but has become her stage name as a solo artist. Born in Atlanta, Marshall was raised throughout the southern United States, began performing in local bands in Atlanta in the early 1990s, she was discovered opening for Liz Phair in 1993 by Steve Shelley of Sonic Youth and Tim Foljahn of Two Dollar Guitar, with whom she recorded her first two albums, Dear Sir and Myra Lee, on the same day in 1994. In 1996, she signed with Matador Records, released a third album of new material with Shelley and Foljahn, What Would the Community Think. Following this, she released the critically acclaimed Moon Pix, recorded with members of Dirty Three, The Covers Record, a collection of sparsely arranged cover songs. After a brief hiatus she released You Are Free, featuring guest musicians Dave Grohl and Eddie Vedder, followed by the soul-influenced The Greatest, recorded with numerous Memphis studio musicians.
A second album of cover tracks, was released in 2008. In 2012 she released the self-produced Sun, which debuted at number 10 on the Billboard 200, the highest charting album of her career to date. Critics have noted the constant evolution of Cat Power's sound, with a "mix of punk and blues" on her earliest albums, elements of soul and other genres more prevalent in her material, her 2012 album Sun incorporated electronica in a self-proclaimed move from the "slower" guitar-based songs she wrote for the album. Charlyn Marie Marshall was born January 21, 1972, in Atlanta, the second child of Charlie Marshall, a blues musician and pianist, Myra Lee Marshall, she has Miranda. Her parents remarried shortly thereafter, her mother remarried and had a son Lenny, the family traveled around because of her stepfather's profession. Marshall attended ten different schools throughout the Southern U. S. in places such as Greensboro. At times she was left in the care of her grandmother, she was not allowed to buy records when she was growing up, but she listened to her stepfather's record collection, which included such artists as Otis Redding, Creedence Clearwater Revival and The Rolling Stones, as well as her parents' records, which included Black Flag, Sister Sledge, Barry White.
In sixth grade, she adopted the nickname Chan, which she would use professionally. At age 16, she became estranged from her mother, had no contact with her until she was 24. Marshall has stated. Marshall commented on her religious upbringing, stating: "You know, my grandmother was religious growing up and she taught me from a young age that Satan is bad and God is good, but you tell a child about Satan and demons and saints and angels, with a child's imagination, it just becomes a part of your mind. As an adult, you have to remember that it's all just folk tales. Like werewolves, that kind of thing." Marshall's first instrument was a 1950s Silvertone guitar, which she did not touch for a year after buying it, because she considered it a piece of "art in the corner." Marshall taught herself to play guitar. She began playing music in Atlanta in the late-1980s with a collective of musicians made up of Glen Thrasher, Marc Moore, Damon Moore and Fletcher Liegerot, who would get together for jam sessions in a basement.
The group were booked for a show and had to come up with a name when a man walked through the door of the pizzeria where Marshall worked, wearing a Caterpillar trucker cap that read: "Cat Diesel Power". Marshall decided on Cat Power as the name of the band. While in Atlanta, Marshall played her first live shows as support to her friends' bands, including Magic Bone and Opal Foxx Quartet. Due to her close relationships with the various people involved, she has stated that her involvement in music at this time was a social interest rather than an artistic one. In a 2007 interview, she explained that the music itself was more experimental and that playing shows was an opportunity for her and her friends "to get drunk and take drugs". A number of her local peers became entrenched in heroin use, this contributed to her desire to leave Atlanta. After the death of her boyfriend and the subsequent loss of her best friend to AIDS, Marshall decided to relocate to New York City in 1992 with Glen Thrasher.
A new boyfriend in New York helped her get a job in a restaurant, but she realized he was having an affair with the restaurant owner, a married woman with two children. Thrasher introduced her to experimental music scene. In particular she cites a concert by Anthony Braxton with giving her the confidence to perform in public, her first New York show was at a warehouse in Brooklyn and she has described her early New York shows as "more improvisational." One of her shows during this period was as the support act to Man or Astro-man? and consisted of her playing a two-string guitar and singing the word "no" for 15 minutes. Around this time, she met the band God Is My Co-Pilot, who assisted with the release of her first single, "Headlights," in a limited run of 500 copies on their Making of Americans label. Marshall recorded her first two albums Dear Sir and Myra Lee in December 1994 in a small basement studio near Mott Street