The Art of Fruit Bats: Eric D. Johnson, Annie Beedy, and Daniel Murphy

Making Ways: The Art of Music

Jun 3 2021 • 50 mins

In today’s episode, we’re joined by Eric D. Johnson of Fruit Bats and Bonny Light Horseman and his wife and creative collaborator, photographer Annie Beedy, all about their work together that pairs his music with her vivid documentary-style photography. And we’re joined later in the episode by Daniel Murphy, acclaimed album designer, now residing as Art Director at Merge Records. Daniel has designed albums for Bon Iver, Hiss Golden Messenger, Sharon Van Etten, The War On Drugs, Dinosaur Jr., and has worked with Fruit Bats on their brilliant, new album The Pet Parade. We go behind the art of the music and talk through Annie’s photography, how it connects with Eric’s music, how Eric thinks about the artwork that represents his body of work, the making of stories and themes of the new album, and how Daniel Murphy puts the puzzle pieces together for incredible packaging.

Follow Making Ways for more stories behind the art of music. Learn more at Original episode artwork by Rob Goodman at Discover more from Fruit Bats at See Annie Beedy’s photography at And view Daniel Murphy’s portfolio at

Hear more about Bonny Light Horseman in our episode with Anaïs Mitchell and designer Aaron Denton at

All music used with permission of the band, label, and publisher.

Special thanks to Dean Christesen at Spacebomb Group for helping to make this episode possible.

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