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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:

Link: Josh Ritter & Dawn Landes – 500 Miles (Hedy West cover)

And because just a single link didn’t seem like a sufficient milestone post, here’s a few other Josh Ritter covers that I happen to love. Thanks for reading guys! Hope to see you all in 400 more!*

mp3: Josh Ritter – Blame It On The Tetons (Modest Mouse cover)

mp3: Josh Ritter – Mexican Home (John Prine cover)

mp3: Josh Ritter – Moon River (Johnny Mercer/Henry Mancini cover)

mp3: Josh Ritter & Sarah Harmer – Long May You Run (Neil Young cover)

mp3: Josh Ritter – Chelsea Hotel No. 2 (Leonard Cohen cover)

mp3: Josh Ritter – Daddy’s Little Pumpkin (John Prine cover) – live

mp3: Josh Ritter – The River (Bruce Springsteen cover) – live

mp3: Josh Ritter & Blake Hazard – Tonight You Belong to Me (Billy Rose/Lee David cover)

mp3: Bridget Matros & Josh Ritter – Angel From Montgomery (John Prine cover)

*actually “hope to see you” is pretty loose for “hope you’re still reading this little blog on the internet anonymously” – but that sounds a lot less pleasant…

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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:

mp3: John Prine – Long Monday (live)
from the album In Person & On Stage (buy it here)

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!

mp3: John Prine – Your Flag Decal Won’t Get You Into Heaven Anymore
from the album John Prine (buy it here)

1. Justin Vernon of Bon Iver – Bruised Orange (Chain Of Sorrow)

2. Conor Oberst And The Mystic Valley Band – Wedding Day In Funeralville

3. My Morning Jacket – All The Best

4. Josh Ritter – Mexican Home

5. Lambchop – Six O’Clock News

6. Justin Townes Earle – Far From Me

7. The Avett Brothers – Spanish Pipedream

8. Old Crow Medicine Show – Angel From Montgomery

9. Sara Watkins – The Late John Garfield Blues

10. Drive-By Truckers – Daddy’s Little Pumpkin

11. Deer Tick featuring Liz Isenberg – Unwed Fathers

12. Those Darlins – Let’s Talk Dirty In Hawaiian

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