Seeing the light after life and death

Shepherd In A Sheepskin Vest by Bill Callahan (left) is a sprawling treatise on life.
Shepherd In A Sheepskin Vest by Bill Callahan (above) is a sprawling treatise on life.PHOTO: DRAG CITY

The first thing that always strikes you about Bill Callahan is that earthen baritone of his, burrowing deeper with age. It is a beacon of certainty, aptly described by a commentator on YouTube as "the Richard Burton of the male singing voice".

On his 16th album, an hour-long, double-volume folio called Shepherd In A Sheepskin Vest, that voice proffers insights in a sprawling treatise on life, death, birth, commitment and, yes, intimates of family life.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 27, 2019, with the headline 'Seeing the light after life and death'. Print Edition | Subscribe