Prine & Waits For Songwriting Award


PEN New England will honor songwriters John Prine and Tom Waits with its Song Lyrics of Literary Excellence Award. Previous winners include Kris Kristofferson, Randy Newman, Chuck Berry, and Leonard Cohen.

PEN New England officially announced the selection yesterday. The award ceremony will be held at the JFK Library in Boston on September 19 at 2:00pm and is presented in partnership with the Library.

Rosanne Cash, who serves on the committee that chooses the honoree revealed Prine’s nomination to the New York Times last week in a profile of the 69 year old singer.

As previously reported on ATN, Oh Boy Records will release John Prine’s latest, For Better, Or Worse, a duet album and follow up to the Grammy nominated In Spite of Ourselves on September 30. The album is produced by Jim Rooney with Prine singing with Iris DeMent, Alison Krauss, Miranda Lambert, Kathy Mattea, Kacey Musgraves, Fiona Prine, Amanda Shires, Morgane Stapleton, Susan Tedeschi, Holly Williams, and Lee Ann Womack.

Brian Wise

Brian Wise was the Editor of Addicted To Noise‘s Australian site from 1997 – 2002. The site won two ONYA Awards as Best Online Music Magazine in 1999 & 2000. He has also been Editor since its reincarnation in 2013. He also presents the weekly music interview program Off The Record on 102.7 Triple R-FM ( in Melbourne. It is networked to 45+ stations across Australia on the Community Radio Network and is a four-time winner of the Best Music Program Award from the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia. In 2012, it was nominated as a finalist in the Excellence in Music Programming category. Brian was also the Founding Editor & Publisher of Rhythms Magazine and is now its Senior Contributing Editor.

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