In April, the world lost John Prine, an influential folk-country singer and songwriter, from COVID-19.
Sturgill Simpson, a close friend of Prine, was gifted his prized Porsche 911 Turbo after he passed away.
The gift touched Simpson, according to the Tennessean, “Simpson, who has three sons, quipped that he feels like he now has a fourth child with the responsibility of the Porsche. But he said that doesn’t hamper his love for fast cars … It’s bittersweet, but it will be something I treasure for the rest of my life.”
The two first met in 2016 when Simpson was in a mixing session for his album “A Sailor’s Guide to Earth.”
As Simpson told Stephen Colbert on his show, Prine quietly sat and watched Simpson until he stopped playing. Then, he invited him out for meatloaf.
For anyone that knew Prine, they knew meatloaf was not something he took lightly. In an NPR Tiny Desk interview, he revealed he liked to record on Tuesdays because it’s when his favorite restaurant made meatloaf.
Speaking up for Prine
Since the CMAs happened and failed to mention or memorialize John Prine, artists like Simpson have been speaking up for the icon.
Another way of honoring Prine has been to return to his recording studio and produce music he’s been inspired to write.
“Simpson and Prine first met, he tells Colbert, while he was recording is Grammy-winning album ‘A Sailor’s Guide to Earth’ at Nashville’s Butcher Shoppe recording studio, which Prine partially owned. Simpson returned to the studio for his most recent album, ‘Cuttin’ Grass, Vol. 1,’ which features bluegrass renditions of his previously released material,” according to The Boot.
Sturgill’s newest album is an ode to all of his bluegrass inspiration. He handpicked songs while he was at home in South Tennessee recovering from COVID-19.
According to NPR, the album is, “Quickly recorded but with years of love behind it, it’s a chance for Simpson to reveal what bluegrass has given to him, and what he has to offer it.”