Week-Long Celebration of John Prine Set for This Fall in Nashville

by Madison Miller

It’s going to be “Paradise” soon for any John Prine fans out there.

Sadly, the iconic country-folk artist passed away on April 7, 2020, from COVID-19 at the age of 73. Now, as the country is starting to get the pandemic under control, Nashville gets the chance to truly celebrate the legacy of John Prine.

It is quite an impactful legacy, too. Not only did he write countless hits for other artists and inspire them during collaboration, but he was also successful in his own musical endeavors too. Hits like “Sam Stone” and “Angel From Montgomery” are two of Prine’s successes. He has a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Recording Academy.

A John Prine Event

There will be a week’s worth of concerts and events all dedicated to the legendary songwriter and performer. The week-long celebration will be called “You Got Gold: Celebrating the Life & Songs of John Prine.” You can buy tickets beginning tomorrow, May 26. It’s the perfect chance to book a ticket to see Nashville and celebrate the music and legacy of John Prine.

He is one of the most influential songwriters of his generation. From love to life to current events to social commentary to sad ballads, there was little Prine couldn’t do.

The festivities will kick off on October 3 and go until October 10, which would have been Prine’s 75th birthday.

As Rolling Stone reported, the event will have four tribute concerts taking place. Two of them will be in the famous Ryman Auditorium on the 6th and 7th. Then another will be at the CMA Theater on Oct. 8. Lastly, a concert will also take place at the Basement East on Oct. 9.

As is expected, some of the industry’s best will show up to pay homage to Prine’s outstanding life and career. At this point, it’s unclear who these individuals will be. He was a widely popular figure in the industry. The description simply states the event “will include a unique surprise lineup of friends performing and celebrating John’s inimitable life and songs.”

Artists Involved, Past Dedications

It may be artists involved with the Prine tribute album set to release on Oct. 8 called “Broken Hearts & Dirty Windows: Songs of John Prine, Vol. 2.” Brandi Carlile and Sturgill Simpson are two of many different artists working on the project.

Shortly after Prine’s death, his family started the Hello in There Foundation. According to the You Got Gold website, it is a non-profit that honors the singer’s memory. It does this by “[aiming] to identify and collaborate with individuals and communities where people of all ages are marginalized, discriminated against or, for any reason, are otherwise forgotten.” The event will also work with Thistle Farms and Room in the Inn. This organization works with female victims of trafficking, prostitution, and addiction, as well as assisting the homeless population.

John Prine’s song was featured on the “Peace Through Music: A Global event for Social Justice” in December 2020 that honored the 75th anniversary of the United Nations. It featured Nathaniel Rateliff, Keb’ Mo’, Shemekia Copeland, and Jim James.

They performed “I Remember Everything,” Prine’s last intimate song. Now the goal of the week-long event is to really remember all the good Prine did for his generation, as well as countless others, through his magical musical touch.