The second installment of Broken Hearts & Dirty Windows comes a full 11 years after the first with a much more stringent folk/country approach. In the wake of his passing last April from complications due to COVID-19, this second go-around was put together by some of Prine’s most prolific devotees.
Perhaps most telling of Prine's talent is how his words hold up when performed by others, as on the new tribute album, Broken Hearts & Dirty Windows: Songs of John Prine, Vol. 2, out Friday (Oct. 8). The record finds a dozen close friends and collaborators, from Iris DeMent and Emmylou Harris to Valerie June and Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats, adding their own shimmer to Prine classics, some deep cuts and even his final recorded song.
This week, Tyler Childers is adding another contribution to the plethora of Prine covers with his rendition of “Yes I Guess They Oughta Name a Drink After You,” a preview single of the forthcoming tribute album Broken Hearts and Dirty Windows: Songs of John Prine, Vol. 2.
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“Prine’s catalog and legacy will never not be the central piece, but I do think that the way forward that he showed [is] supporting performing songwriters -- and being genre-agnostic is something that we're really excited about,” says Whelan.
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