The family of John Prine, as well as Prine’s Oh Boy Records, will honor the late singer-songwriter with “Picture Show: A Tribute Celebrating John Prine,” which will premiere June 11 at 6:30 p.m. CT on multiple platforms, including Prine’s official YouTube and Facebook channels.
The tribute will feature Prine’s family and friends sharing memories and songs, all to raise money for charity organizations including the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and Alive, whose Grief Center provides free counseling sessions to anyone in Middle Tennessee who has had a family member die of COVID-19.
More details on the event are forthcoming.
Prine died April 7 of complications due to COVID-19. A member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame and a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award winner, Prine has penned hits recorded by Don Williams (“Love Is On A Roll”), Lynn Anderson (“Paradise”) and George Strait (“I Just Want to Dance with You”).
His 1971 debut EP John Prine included his classic “Sam Stone,” as well as “Illegal Smile,” “Hello in There,” (which Bette Midler covered) and “Angel From Montgomery” (which Bonnie Raitt famously recorded). Another track, “Paradise,” has been recorded by Dwight Yoakam, Johnny Cash, Tom T. Hall and more.
Prine joined the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2003, and the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2015. In 2018, Prine released his first album of original songs in 13 years, The Tree of Forgiveness. The project was his highest-charting Billboard album, and was nominated for three Grammys.
Prine’s second annual All the Best Fest, a music festival featuring a lineup curated by Prine, had been set for November of this year in the Dominican Republic. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the event has been shifted to May 19-23, 2021. Among the performers are Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, Margo Price, John Hiatt, Steve Earle, The War and Treaty, and more.
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