On September 30, Oh Boy Records will release John Prine’s latest album, For Better, Or Worse, a duets album and follow up to the Grammy nominated In Spite of Ourselves.
Produced by Jim Rooney the album features Prine singing with country sweethearts Iris DeMent, Alison Krauss, Miranda Lambert, Kathy Mattea, Kacey Musgraves, Fiona Prine, Amanda Shires, Morgane Stapleton, Susan Tedeschi, Holly Williams, and Lee Ann Womack.
The classic songs on For Better, Or Worse, were originally recorded by artists such as Hank Williams, George Jones, Ernest Tubb, Buck Owens and others.
“I cut my teeth on Hank Williams songs,” says Prine. “When I sing these songs there is a small pipeline straight from my heart to my lips.”
The first single, “Who’s Gonna Take The Garbage Out,” featuring Iris Dement, is available now for pre-orders of the new record.
Prine will celebrate both the new album and his approaching 70th birthday with two shows at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium on September 30 & October 1, where he will be joined by some of the duet partners from For Better, Or Worse.
John Prine/Iris DeMent – Who’s Gonna Take The Garbage Out
John Prine/Lee Ann Womack – Storms Never Last
John Prine/Alison Krauss – Falling in Love Again
John Prine/Susan Tedeschi – Color of the Blues
John Prine/Holly Williams – I’m Telling You
John Prine/Kathy Mattea – Remember Me (When Candlelights Are Gleaming)
John Prine/Morgane Stapleton – Look At Us
John Prine/Amanda Shires – Dim Lights, Thich Smoke and Loud, Loud Music
John Prine/Lee Ann Womack – Fifteen Years Ago
John Prine/Miranda Lambert – Cold, Cold Heart
John Prine/Kathy Mattea – Dreaming My Dreams With You
John Prine/Kacey Musgraves – Mental Cruelty
John Prine/Iris DeMent – Mr. & Mrs. Used to Be
John Prine/Fiona Prine – My Happiness
John Prine – Just Waitin’
Van Morrison will release his brand new album Keep Me Singing on September 30 through Caroline Records. The album’s lead single, ‘Too Late’, will also be released that day. Van will perform 7 live shows across the UK from October 30, starting with a headline performance at Bluesfest 2016 at London’s O2.
Keep Me Singing is Van Morrison’s 36th studio album to date and consists of 13 tracks – 12 original songs written and performed by Morrison, as well as a cover of the blues standard ‘Share Your Love With Me’ – written by Alfred Baggs and Don Robey and previously recorded by artists such as Aretha Franklin and Kenny Rogers.
For the track ‘Every Time I See A River’, Morrison has collaborated with acclaimed lyricist Don Black. The album’s closing track, ‘Caledonia Swing’, is an instrumental featuring Van on piano and saxophone. All tracks were produced by Van Morrison. Full album tracklist below.
1. Let It Rhyme
2. Every Time I See A River
3. Keep Me Singing
4. Out In The Cold Again
5. Memory Lane
6. The Pen Is Mightier Than The Sword
7. Holy Guardian Angel
8. Share Your Love With Me
9. In Tiburon
10. Look Beyond The Hill
11. Going Down To Bangor
12. Too Late
13. Caledonia Swing
Van Morrison has also announced he will play 7 live dates across the UK in October and November, beginning with a headline performance at Bluesfest 2016 at London’s O2 and culminating in a show at Manchester’s O2 Apollo. Full dates of his UK tour below.
October 30 – Bluesfest 2016, The O2, London
November 8 – Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool
November 9 – Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool
November 13 – Playhouse, Edinburgh
November 14 – Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow
November 28 – Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham
November 29 – O2 Apollo, Manchester