John Prine Finally Gets the Indie Rock Tribute Treatment

04/07/2010 5:22 PM |

Is that... Jeff Tweedy?
  • Is that… Jeff Tweedy?

Being the music editor of a culture magazine in Brooklyn in 2010, It’s not often that I get to say much about John Prine, but he’s one of my favorite songwriters of all-time: a preternaturally gifted storyteller with a keen eye for detail—the stuff that makes funny situations seem just a little bit sad and sad situations seem just a little bit funny. His 1973 LP, Sweet Revenge, is framed and hanging on a wall in my living room, even, right below Darkness on the Edge of Town.

Now, though, perhaps my extreme fondness for him will seem ever so slightly less out of left field. On June 22nd Prine’s label, Oh Boy Records, will release Broken Hearts & Dirty Windows: Songs Of John Prine , a tribute CD featuring contributions from country/folk-leaning indie rock artists like Bon Iver’s Justin Vernson, Drive By Truckers, The Avett Brothers, Conor Oberst and Lambchop. There doesn’t seem to be a whole lot of information out there just yet, but you can hear Justin Vernon’s version of “Bruised Orange (Chain of Sorrow) here, if you scroll to the bottom of the page. The full track-list is after the jump.

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