24 December 1970, Louisville, Kentucky, USA. Alongside Bill Callahan of Smog, Oldham is a pioneer of the lo-fi movement in American independent music, garnering critical acclaim for his astute, eloquent lyrics and assured songs documenting anxiety and emotional repression.
Oldham originally worked as an actor, starring in John Sayles low-budget 1987 movie Matewan, and also appearing in the television movie Everybodys Baby: The Rescue Of Jessica McClure. After contributing to work by the Sundowners and Box Of Chocolates (1990s Fearful Symmetry), Oldham signed to influential Chicago label Drag City Records and began recording as the Palace Brothers (see separate entry). His first release under his own name was the 7-inch single Patience, followed by the long-playing Joya. Neither deviated very far from the blueprint he had perfected on the Palace releases, with opaque lyrics, sombre vocals and spare acoustic...