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.