Artist Statement & Biography
As a songwriter, I sometimes get tired of my own voice. Over the years I have enjoyed adapting anonymous rhymes, the poems of Robert Louis Stevenson, Francois Villon and others to tunes of my own composition. The opportunity to work with the ideas of others can give rise to inspired music. This is the place to begin to allow that to happen.
Louisville Kentuckian Ned Oldham formed the art-punk band Languid and Flaccid with Slint-to-be members Brian McMahon and Britt Walford in 1981. Since then he has performed and recorded with an amazing cast of musicians including David Grubbs, Jason Lowenstein, Mick Turner, Jim White, Dave Heumann, Matt Sweeney, and his two younger brothers, Paul and Will “Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy” Oldham. In 1994, he formed The Anomoanon and over more than a dozen releases explored psychedelic folk rock territory to critical acclaim in the US and abroad. In 2007 he formed Old Calf, whose debut album Borrow a Horse came out on No Quarter Records in 2011. Ned has a major role and music in the feature film I Used to be Darker, which premiered at Sundance Film Festival 2013; his song “One That Got Away,” is featured in the film, and won Best Original Song at the 2013 Nashville Film Festival. He has released several songs as "Ned Oldham," the "Dark Mountain" series of songs most recently. Seek and find.