John Prine live album/tribute album on the way

For those in the know, the song catalog of John Prine is an absolute treasure. Possessing the rare gift of being able to use humor as effectively as heartfelt emotion, Prine released his classic debut way back in 1971 and has been consistent pretty much ever since. In fact, two of my very favorite Prine songs, 1995’s “Lake Marie” from Lost Dogs & Mixed Blessings, and 1999’s “In Spite of Ourselves” from the album of the same name, were released 25 to nearly 30 years after his debut, which I think says a lot for the man’s lasting brilliance with a pen and a guitar. Catch a live version of “In Spite Of Ourselves” from Sessions At West 54th here.

So it’s nice tonight to be able to share two news bits regarding upcoming Prine related releases. First of all, a new live album is in the works - In Person & On Stage collects an assortment of performances from over the past few years. Featuring guest spots from Iris Dement, Emmylou Harris, Josh Ritter, among others, the album will draw on songs from throughout his career, from his debut through 2005’s Fair & Square. You can download “Long Monday” below and “She Is My Everything” for the price of an email right here.

Also, get this. A tribute album is due from Oh Boy Records on June 22. Broken Hearts & Dirty Windows will feature contributions from such indie-folk/rock mainstays as Justin Vernon of Bon Iver, Conor Oberst, My Morning Jacket, Josh Ritter, Lambchop, Justin Townes Earle, The Avett Brother, Drive-By Truckers, and Deer Tick. Sounds promising. More info on that one when it becomes available. Until then:

MP3 :: Long Monday (live)
(from In Person & On Stage. Info here)

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