Brightblack Morning Light Biography

Birth Place: Northern California, USA
Years Active: 2005 - current
Genres: Freak Folk

Brightblack Morning Light was a band which formed in Northern California by Nathan Shineywater and Rachael Hughes, both of whom originally hail from Alabama, Shineywater from Birmingham and Hughes from just outside of Montgomery. Shineywater plays electric slide guitar, and Hughes favors vintage Fender Rhodes pianos. They were accompanied by a varying group of musicians. The band eschewed commercial exposure, having chosen a relatively quiet and luxury-free life—they have lived in cars, tents, converted chicken-coops, and cabins, and have recorded music using solar power.

In 2004 they issued, under the name Brightblack, an album called “Ala.Cali.Tucky,” on Galaxia Records. The album was well-received, and praised for its vocal harmonies. The band began calling itself Brightblack Morning Light in 2005.

They gained exposure in Europe by playing at All Tomorrow's Parties, a music festival in England, at the invitation of the Kentucky band Slint. Later in 2005 the band signed with Matador Records and released their eponymous debut album, which attracted European attention as well.

In 2008, Matador released BBML's “Motion to Rejoin.” The album was recorded in New Mexico, where the band had moved after leaving Northern California. Electricity for the recording sessions was generated by four solar power panels. “Motion to Rejoin” received critical attention in the United States as well as in Europe, with reviews and press coverage in Belgium and Germany.