“When it comes to the great American singer/songwriters, John Prine has always been grievously underserved in the book department … until now. Incredibly, the entire literary canon dedicated to Prine, whose deceptively simple, wildly inspired songs frame everyday lives in extraordinary ways, previously consisted of a single, unauthorized biography. But now Prine has finally trotted out a tome of his own: Beyond Words.
In the video clips below, the man whose blend of cockeyed humor and almost Zen-like poetic observation resulted in some of the post-Dylan era’s most powerful songs offers up some more extensive stories about the memories the book brings up.”
Following the successful release of his new book, Beyond Words, John sat down with journalist and author, Peter Cooper at the Country Music Hall of Fame on Saturday, May 20th, to tell some the stories behind some of his most classic songs. If you didn’t have a chance to watch, the Country Music Hall of Fame is streaming the interview live on their website. Click below to watch. Video begins at 10:20.
This Valentine’s Day, we asked you to post a picture of you and your sweetheart on social media using the hashtag #InSpiteofOurselves for a chance to be in the official video for “In Spite of Ourselves,” and the response was overwhelming! Thanks to everyone who participated, can’t wait to hear what you think!
Country musicians, Zac Brown Band, have recorded a cover of “All the Best” off of The Missing Years. Featuring a guest appearance from Kacey Musgraves the single comes out on April 21, and will be featured on ZBB’s new album due out on May, 12th. Watch a teaser of their video for the song below.
Looking to purchase John’s new book ‘Beyond Words’ at your local shop? Check out the list below of retailers now carrying the book! If you are interested in carrying “Beyond Words” in your store, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Twist & Shout Records
Old Town School of Folk
Nice Price Books & Records
Shake it Records
Plan 9 Music
The Exclusive Company
Oh Boy Records is proud to present John Prine Beyond Words, a songbook by John Prine. In his very first official book, Prine curates a collection of his best loved songs. Inside you will find:
- Over 100 photographs from John’s personal collection
- Copies of handwritten lyrics showing how the songs evolved
- Commentary from John about the songs and photographs
- Lyrics and guitar chords for over 60 classic John Prine songs
Order now to receive your copy the week of April 17th and receive FREE shipping within the U.S!
Official Release Date: April 18, 2017
Listen along to some of John Prine’s most famous and most loved songs as you read the book, on Spotify’s Beyond Words: John Prine’s American Songbook playlist.
The annual Newport Folk Festival will be taking place on July 28-30, 2017 at the Fort Adams State Park in Newport, Rhode Island. The line-up includes artists like The Drive-By Truckers, Fleet Foxes, Margaret Glaspy and many more. To go along with the music the festival will be hosting local food trucks and craft vendors. Do not miss your chance to see John Prine perform on Sunday July 30, 2017.
Co-created and co-curated by Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon and The National’s Aaron Dessner, the Eaux Claires festival (June 16 and 17, 2017) is a “do not miss” event of the year. The line-up this year includes acts like Wilco, Chance the Rapper, Paul Simon with YMusic, and many more. Members of Bon Iver and many other special guests will pay tribute to John Prine by playing all of their favorite songs from his extensive catalogue, and you can expect to see John joining in on the fun too.
“Come hear the stories behind the songs with the iconic John Prine. Featuring a behind the scenes look into the recording of his recent duets album, For Better, Or Worse.” Thanks again to Spotify!