“YOU GOT GOLD: CELEBRATING THE LIFE & SONGS OF JOHN PRINE” CONFIRMED OCTOBER 3-10
BROKEN HEARTS AND DIRTY WINDOWS: THE SONGS OF JOHN PRINE, VOL. 2 OUT OCTOBER 8
August 18, 2021—The second installment of Oh Boy Records’ new documentary series, “Big Old Goofy World: The Story of Oh Boy Records,” is debuting today—watch/share
Directed by Joshua Britt and Neilson Hubbard, the three-part series explores the history of Oh Boy—which stands as the country’s second oldest artist-owned independent label and the oldest in Nashville—and commemorates its landmark 40th anniversary this year. Founded in 1981 by John Prine and his longtime manager Al Bunetta, the label continues to be a vital part of Nashville’s independent music community with a roster that includes Tré Burt, Kelsey Waldon, Dan Reeder, Arlo McKinley and Emily Scott Robinson. Burt was recently joined by Waldon on his new song, “Dixie Red” —a tribute honoring Prine (watch/share below).
Further celebrating John’s legendary career and life, Oh Boy and The Prine Family will host “You Got Gold: Celebrating the Life & Songs of John Prine” October 3-10—a series of special concerts and events across various venues in Nashville. The weeklong celebration will include sold-out tribute concerts at The Ryman Auditorium (October 6 & 7), CMA Theater at The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum (October 8) and the Basement East (October 9) and will culminate on October 10—what would have been John’s 75th birthday. Each of these shows will include a unique surprise line-up of friends performing and celebrating the singer, songwriter and performer’s inimitable life and songs.
All proceeds from the week will benefit the newly created 501c3, The Hello In There Foundation, which The Prine Family founded to honor John’s memory. The work of the foundation will be inspired and guided by John’s simple song title, “Hello In There” and will aim to identify and collaborate with individuals and communities where people are marginalized, discriminated against or, for any reason, are otherwise forgotten. The foundation is pleased to share this year’s grant recipients are Nashville based non-profits Room In The Inn and Thistle Farms.
Additionally, on October 8, Oh Boy Records will release a new tribute record, Broken Hearts and Dirty Windows: Songs of John Prine, Vol. 2 (pre-order here: https://orcd.co/songsofprine). Ahead of the release, the label has unveiled two artists and songs that will be featured on the album: “Paradise” below:
performed by Sturgill Simpson and “I Remember Everything”
performed by Brandi Carlile.
Moreover, Prine’s Grammy Award-winning album, Fair & Square, will be available on vinyl for the first time in over sixteen years October 1 with three special double LPs: standard black, opaque green and an already sold-out “Irish Edition”—green and orange vinyl with a matte jacket featuring embossed lettering. Details for all three versions can be found HERE. Oh Boy Records will continue to roll out new releases from their catalogue throughout the year—including new music from Tré Burt, a special edition John Prine 7-inch box set and new material from Dan Reeder—as well as exclusive new merchandise, special curated playlists, outdoor pop-up events and more.
Regarded as one of the English language’s premier phrase-turners, Prine is a four-time Grammy-winner, a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award honoree, a seven-time Americana Music Award-winner, a PEN New England Lyrics Award recipient and member of both the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. Since his debut in 1971, Prine released over eighteen albums and has had his songs recorded by Johnny Cash, Carly Simon, Bette Midler, Bonnie Raitt, Norah Jones, George Strait, Miranda Lambert, Zac Brown Band and many others, while drawing effusive praise from Bob Dylan, Kris Kristofferson, Bonnie Raitt, Roger Waters, Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen and more, who knew him as a smiling, shuffling force for good.