To make the moment even more special, Lambert performed the song using Prine’s David Russell Young custom-made guitar. After the performance, Lambert reflected on how powerful the moment felt. She said, “Holding that guitar was pretty magical.”
The event united several country music stars including Lambert, Reba McEntire, Tim McGraw, Marty Stewart and Alison Brown. These singers performed various classic songs and celebrate the history of the genre at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville. The event was live-streamed on YouTube.
John Prine Died From COVID-19 in April 2020
Lambert performed the song live for audiences and remembered the late country music singer. Prine passed away in April 2020 at 73-years-old. He died from complications related to COVID-19 after both he and his wife contracted the virus. The songwriter had a five-decade career as a folk and country singer.
Prine first recorded the song “That’s the Way the World Goes ‘Round'” in 1979. But Lambert made the song her own when she recorded it for 2009 album Revolution.
“I was really nervous to record it the way we did, because I respect John Prine beyond belief. But to me, if you’re going to cut somebody’s song, don’t do it just like they did it. Put your own twist on and make it your yours,” Lambert said. “We cut it “crazy”—a little bit Miranda, a little bit country, a little bit punk. That song was the most fun I’ve ever had recording. It sounds like we were having a party when we cut it, and believe me we were.”
Lambert resurrected the song for another performance to honor both it and its songwriter’s place in music history.