Will Oldham is not a Royal. Not in the technical blue-blood-inbred sense at any rate, but this Kentucky musician has a definite claim to a lo-fi crown. Since he began recording in 1992, Oldham has used a variety of high-born names, including Palace and Palace Brothers. In all his guises, Oldham combines intelligent lyrics with spare, downbeat sounds. His first album, There Is No One What Will Take Care Of You, came out in 1993, under the name Palace Brothers. His most surprising recording was probably 2004's 'Bonnie 'Prince' Billy Sings Greatest Palace Music' where he teamed up with a polished group of Nashville session musicians to rerecord much of his back catalogue.
Little known fact: Will Oldham was an actor and appeared in several TV movies before becoming a musician.