Monday, March 22, 2021
– Recorded during the 2017 Newport Folk Festival, "John Prine and Friends" is the first-ever release of the performance.
Joining Prine on stage were Justin Vernon, Jim James, Margo Price, Nathaniel Rateliff, Lucius and Roger Waters.
Offered exclusively through Newport Folk and produced with the support of The Prine Family and Oh Boy Records, "John Prine and Friends" was mixed from the original multi-tracks and mastered specifically for this vinyl release. This limited edition two-record set will be pressed on premium 180-gram vinyl and housed in a deluxe Stoughton old-style tip-on gatefold jacket. Each pre-order includes an instant digital download of the entire recording.
Proceeds from the sale support the Newport Festivals Foundation's ongoing initiatives to aid musicians in need and music programs across the country.
Vinyl is expected to ship in October.
While the list of songs on the release were not announced, Prine's set list was:
Love, Love, Love"
"Taking A Walk"
"Your Flag Decal Won't Get You Into Heaven Anymore"
"Bruised Orange (Chain Of Sorrow)"
"Angel from Montgomery"
"Fish And Whistle"
"All The Best"
"In Spite of Ourselves"
"That's The Way The World Goes Round"
"Hello In There"
Price sang "In Spit of Ourselves," while Waters helped out on "Hello In There." Vernon came out for "Bruised Orange (Chain Of Sorrow)." James of My Morning Jacket guests on "All the Best."
The impact of last year's festival cancellations has been felt throughout the community as Newport Festivals Foundation relies on the revenue it makes each year at the festivals in order to carry out its support of music programs in Newport, R.I. and all across America. Since 2018, the Artist Gives initiative has provided more than 100 grants to music education programs in over 30 states, including instruments for public schools, funding for music instruction workshops for Veterans, Girls Rock Summer camps and after school music lessons for children with learning disabilities.
As a result of Covid-19, the foundation established the Newport Festivals Musician Relief Fund (MRF) to provide financial relief to musicians experiencing a loss of income as a result. Resources from NFF and donations from individuals, foundations, and corporations have allowed the MRF to help over 400 musicians since April 1.