Louisville natives Andrew Rinehart and Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy have shared a satirical Wild West-inspired music video in which they cover the Grateful Dead’s seminal track “Friend of the Devil.” The seven-minute-long video has been shared on YouTube. Watch it here.
“With Will’s blessing, I dreamt up a drug trip dream sequence I thought would please the spirit of The Dead,” shares Rinehart. He goes on to describe how the project came to be, “Cut to a fortuitous meeting with my friend Tim Morton and a few green screens later–we’re in. An old Western town is the setting, Will does a mean Doc Holiday impression, toy horses are ridden, a Dead poster comes to life, and a new game show is born. It was absolutely the most fun music video I’ve ever made.”
He concluded, “Special thanks to Jerry and the boys for the song, Will Oldham for his fabulous dance moves, and to surfers in San Luis Obispo who showed me what the Grateful Dead lifestyle is all about (if only I could get there).”
“Friend of the Devil” is included on Rinehart’s latest EP, Have Fun Idiot, via sonaBLAST! The 6-track extended play was released on Aug. 6, 2021, and features a reworked version of a rare Arthur Russell side project tune, “More Real,” in addition to the classic Dead cover.
Watch Andrew Rinehart and Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy’s take on the Grateful Dead’s “Friend of the Devil” below.
To stream or download Have Fun Idiot, visit andrewrineheart.bandcamp.com.