Bill Callahan

Bill-Callahan
Songwriters

Bill Callahan

After almost 20 years of using the alias Smog for his music, Bill Callahan switched to his given name for his releases after 2005’s A River Ain’t Too Much to Love. The 2007 EP Diamond Dancer and full­length Woke on a Whaleheartboth mixed the intimate, reflective, largely acoustic sound of later Smog albums like Supper and A River with gospel, soul, and pop elements, and boasted arrangements by former Royal Trux mastermind Neil Hagerty. For 2009’s Sometimes I Wish We Were an Eagle, Callahan returned to the more intimate acoustic­based sound of latter­era Smog albums, featuring string and brass arrangements by Brian Beattie. The live album Rough Travel for a Rare Thing arrived in March 2010, and in July Callahan issued his 79­ page “epistolary novelette” Letters to Emma Bowlcut, comprised of 62 letters from a nameless protagonist to a woman he saw at a party. Callahan kicked off 2011 with Apocalypse, a more uptempo collection of seven country­ and blues­inspired rock tunes that recalled some of his edgier work with Smog. A softer offering, Dream River, was issued in the fall of 2013. The next year Have Fun with God surfaced, remixing the eight tracks of Dream River in more haunted and electronic styles.

Releases

Bill Callahan Shepard in a Sheepskin Vest

Shepard's Welcome
Black Dog on the Beach
Angela
Ballad of the Hulk
Writing
Morning is My Grandmother
747
Watch Me Get Married
Young Icarus
Released
What Comes After Certainty
Confederate Jasmine
Call Me Anything
Son of the Sea
Camels
Circles
When We Let Go
Lonesome Valley
Tugboats and Tumbleweeds
The Beast

Bill Callahan Have Fun with God

Thank Dub
Expanding Dub
Small Dub
Call it Dub
Ride My Dub
Summer Dub
Transforming Dub
Highs in the Mid-40s Dub

Bill Callahan Dream River

The Sing
Javelin Unlanding
Small Plane
Spring
Ride My Arrow
Summer Painter
Seagull
Winter Road

Bill Callahan Apocalypse

Drover
Baby's Breath
America!
Universal Applicant
Riding for the Feeling
Free's
One Fine Morning

Bill Callahan Rough Travel for a Rare Thing

Our Anniversary
Diamond Dancer
Bowery
Held
Say Valley Maker
In the Pines
Cold-Blooded Old Times
Rock Bottom Riser
Let Me See the Colts
The Well
Bathysphere

Bill Callahan Sometimes I Wish We Were an Eagle

Jim Cain
Eid Ma Clack Shaw
The Wind and The Dove
Rococo Zephyr
Too Many Birds
My Friend
All Thoughts are Prey to Some Beast
Invocation of Ratiocination
Faith/Void

Bill Callahan Woke on a Whaleheart

From the Rivers to the Ocean
Footprints
Diamond Dancer
Sycamore
The Wheel
Honeymoon Child
Day
Night
A Man Needs a Woman or a Man to Be a Man

Bill Callahan Diamond Dancer

Diamond Dancer
Taken