Oct 29, 2012

Monday Music: Bonnie Prince Billy’s Earthquake Ballad

Fracked well in Faulkner County.

Central Arkansas has been experiencing swarms of small earthquakes since fracking began in the area a few years ago. They recently shut down the injection wells and the earthquakes have radically decreased.

Last year producers Dan Collison and Elizabeth Meister traveled to Arkansas to talk to people about what’s happening in the area. They produced this piece sharing the community’s voices and asked musician Will Oldham, aka Bonnie “Prince” Billy, to collaborate and he produced this original song, “Mother Nature Kneels.”

This is a fascinating piece filled with a variety of opinions about the economics and health of the community and poses some questions about our role in this situation.


We’d love to hear what you think about this piece, fracking, and the role of artists collaborating with communities on such projects.
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.

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