John Prine: Brandi Carlile, Bill Murray, Stephen Colbert and more to honor legendary singer in tribute concert. Here’s how to watch
Two months after John Prine’s death, an all-star lineup is paying tribute to country-folk music’s legendary artist
Two months after John Prine’s death, an all-star lineup is paying tribute to country-folk music’s legendary artist.
Produced by Prine’s Oh Boy Records label, the tribute will feature musical performances celebrating Prine’s 50-year career, first-person accounts from those who knew the Songwriters Hall of Famer, and “unseen footage of the songwriter,” according toRolling Stone.
Prine released his last album, “Tree of Forgiveness,” in 2018. The following year, with more than 15 albums under his belt, he was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. In a 2005 interview with the Deseret News, he talked about how he pushes through writer’s block.
“The music you are playing and have written in the past is going to have to carry you over to the next phase of your creativity,” he told the Deseret News. “I found, however, if you do what I do long enough, there are always songs that will help you through the hard times.”
Prine died at the age of 73 from COVID-19 complications on April 7. When the singer was hospitalized and placed on a ventilator, late night host Colbert released a clip of a previously unaired duet he sang with Prine on his show four years ago, calling it “one of the happiest moments I’ve had on my show,” the Deseret News previously reported.
Upon Prine’s death, an emotional Colbert paid tribute to the artist and invited Carlile, who knew Prine well, to sing one of his songs.
“There’s so many amazing and powerful messages that John Prine has left the world,” Carlile said, before performing “Hello in There.” “And for the people that weren’t familiar with his music, they’re about to get a whole lot of truth dropped on them, which I am really happy about at least.”
In addition to Prine’s widow, Fiona Whelan Prine, his three sons and his longtime band members, the lineup for Thursday night’s tribute will also feature Vince Gill, Bonnie Raitt, Erich Church, Jason Isbell, Iris DeMent, Sturgill Simpson, Amanda Shires, Billy Bob Thornton, Kurt Vile, Rita Wilson and more.
The stream will benefit the National Alliance on Mental Illness, Alive Hospice, and the immigrant advocacy charity Make the Road New York, according to Rolling Stone.