Broken Hearts & Dirty Windows: Songs of John Prine Vol. 2 is the follow-up to the original 2010 tribute record. This edition features John's friends and peers Brandi Carlile ("I Remember Everything"), Tyler Childers ("Yes I Guess They Oughta Name a Drink After You"), Iris DeMent ("One Red Rose"), Emmylou Harris ("Hello in There"), Jason Isbell ("Souvenirs"), Valerie June ("Summer's End"), Margo Price ("Sweet Revenge"), Bonnie Raitt ("Angel from Montgomery"), Nathaniel Rateliff ("Pretty Good"), Amanda Shires ("Saddle in the Rain"), Sturgill Simpson ("Paradise") and John Paul White ("Sam Stone").
Proceeds from each track will go to a charity of the respective artist's choosing.
John's last recorded song, "I Remember Everything", won Grammy awards for Best American Roots Song and Best American Roots performance. Brandi Carlile recorded the song for this compilation, and performed it in John's honor at the awards show.
"John Prine is a hero and one of the most important and significant songwriters of our time. I feel so lucky to have called him a friend. It was an absolute honor of my life to pay tribute to him on the Grammy stage. His songs will live forever." - Brandi Carlile
Amanda Shires delivers the highlight of the album by breathing new life into 'Saddle in the Rain' and does so without changing all that much. Shires' take remains rooted in the late '70s aesthetic of the original but has a slight disco sheen that, combined with her vocal delivery, gives it more of a Fleetwood Mac vibe. It pairs nicely with Margo Price's spin on 'Sweet Revenge,' a version that would feel right at home on her That's How Rumors Get Started LP. Ascendant talent Tyler Childers plays to his strengths and slows down the tempo slightly on 'Yes I Guess they Oughta Name a Drink After You,' bringing its honky-tonk undertones to the forefront in the process. Bonnie Raitt similarly tweaks her track, 'Angel from Montgomery,' adjusting its arrangement to cater to her bluesy vocals. But on an album full of sterling vocal performances, John Paul White offers up the finest with his powerhouse version of 'Sam Stone.' His voice is anguished, underscoring the pain and sadness in the lyrics to create an emotionally visceral experience. It's moments like these, electrifying performances like White's or Shires', that really bring into focus the depth of Prine's gifts as a composer to tap into the essence of the human condition, the reverence in which he's held by his peers, and the range of the talent he's inspired. At its best, Broken Hearts and Dirty Windows, Vol. 2 ensures that that remarkable gift and his influence continue to live on.
- Vinyl LP
- Proceeds from Each Track Will Go to a Charity of the Respective Artist's Choosing
- I Remember Everything - Brandi Carlile
- Pretty Good - Nathaniel Rateliff
- Saddle in the Rain - Amanda Shires
- Yes I Guess They Oughta Name a Drink After You - Tyler Childers
- Sweet Revenge - Margo Price
- Summer's End - Valerie June
- Souvenirs - Jason Isbell
- Angel from Montgomery - Bonnie Raitt
- Sam Stone - John Paul White
- One Red Rose - Iris DeMent
- Hello in There - Emmylou Harris
- Paradise - Sturgill Simpson