Farm Aid 2021 wrapped up last weekend on Saturday, September 25th. It saw Tyler Childers alongside other major stars like Willie Nelson, Dave Matthews, Nathaniel Rateliff, and Margo Price. Childers continues to climb in success, recently just celebrating a second single to hit platinum status. He recently delivered a ridiculously good rendition of John Prine’s “Yes I Guess They Oughta Name A Drink After You” and ridiculously good doesn’t even begin to describe what that man’s vocal hops. Gather ’round the fire, Outsiders, and let’s dive into country bliss together.
Tyler Childers Makes John Prine Proud
Broken Hearts & Dirty Windows: Songs of John Prine, Vol. 2 is set to launch in about a week on October 8th. The first installment, Broken Hearts & Dirty Windows Vol. 1, came to us back in 2010. Both works feature some of the biggest names in country music, many of whom actually shared a personal relationship with John Prine before his passing in the spring of 2020.
Between the two works, there are several notable covers we know you’ll cherish with Brandi Carlile kicking things off. Carlile chose the last song ever recorded by Prine, “I Remember Everything.” Sturgill Simpson also joined in with his own rendition of “Paradise.” Now, Tyler Childers’ cover? Whew. Absolute class act.
“Yes I Guess They Oughta Name A Drink After You” comes from Prine’s ’72 sophomore album, Diamonds In The Rough. In terms of writing, Prine knew he was stepping away from the norm by withholding a chorus. He wanted it that way. Here’s what he said about it once:
“I was going for a Hank Williams kind of song. Steve Goodman always told me that if I’d taken another couple of minutes and put a chorus to the song – there isn’t any, just a tag line to every verse – that it would have been a hit country song. And I was set in my ways. Once a song was done, it was done.”
The Inspiration and Influence Behind the Cover
Tyler Childers is a longtime John Prine fan. In fact, he sat down for a quick segment to dive into his inspiration and influence back in 2019.
The video includes shots of him on tour between scenes of him talking from what appears to be a green room couch. He goes back into the depths of his memory and talks about the first time he ever heard a John Prine song. For Childers, that was 8th grade. He remembers being a benchwarmer for his junior varsity baseball team when he heard “Please Don’t Bury Me.” That pivotal moment launched a deep curiosity and it seems the rest is history!
You can check out the whole thing right here: