Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy – Mother Nature Kneels
Mr. Billy (aka: Will Oldham) has mesmerized me with his quirky, somewhat rustic brand of folk music for a few years now. This is a story of the earthquakes possibly related to fracking for natural gas extraction. I am not taking a position on the issue—I do not have the education, nor have done sufficient research to make an informed opinion—but it does fascinate me how an indie artist’s craft can be combined with a current issue to shed light, inform or provide perspective. More power to the good ‘Prince’ and to all who seek to create art that scratches not only beneath the surface of the human psyche and condition, but also our beloved planet Earth.
Lately, Faulkner County, Ark., has had a whole lotta shakin’ going on. Some of it is from the cash infusion brought on by the influx of natural gas fracking, with more than 3,000 new wells drilled in the area since the middle of the past decade. A mysterious swarm of thousands of small earthquakes has also rattled the towns of Guy and Greenbrier since late last year.
Producers Dan Collison and Elizabeth Meister traveled to Arkansas to talk to people about what’s going on under their feet. They shared the community’s voices with musician Will Oldham, aka Bonnie “Prince” Billy, who contributed an original song, “Mother Nature Kneels,” based on their stories.
An unrelated song