Hey everyone! It’s hard to believe, but this is our 400th post here at WiAC. Kind of crazy, I know. And I couldn’t think of better news to grace this very historic post (not really), than the news that Josh Ritter just released a free song on his website – a cover of an old Hedy West song called “500 Miles” (no, not that 500 Miles). It’s pretty lo-fi, very pretty, and features Dawn Landes on vocals. Check it out:
I was introduced to John Prine several years ago when I heard Mason Jennings cover “Your Flag Decal Won’t Get You Into Heaven Anymore” in San Diego. Since then I’ve become well acquainted with the man’s music and have come to love his wry and often cutting take on the American experience. So I was pretty excited to get an email about his upcoming live album, In Person & On Stage, to be released on May 25th on Oh Boy Records. Here’s a taste:
Also! Next month Oh Boy will release Broken Hearts & Dirty Windows, a compilation of Prine covers from some very talented people, including Justin Vernon, Conor Oberst, Josh Ritter (who we’re kind of into right now), My Morning Jacket, Justin Townes Earl, and many more. You can pre-order it here. Unfortunately, I don’t have any of those tracks to share, but I do have the tracklist (below) and Prine’s original version of “Flag Decal”. Enjoy!