John Prine For Better or Worse

Read about John Prine’s new duets album For Better, Or Worse

John Prine To Release Duets Album

For Better, Or Worse

On September 30 2016 Oh Boy Records will release the great John Prine’s latest – For Better, Or Worse.

It will be a duets album and follow-up to the Grammy-nominated In Spite of Ourselves, which was also a collection of duets released in 1999*.  For Better, Or Worse was produced by Jim Rooney and includes Prine collaborations with some wonderful female performers – 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 and Buck Owens.  Says Prine: “I cut my teeth on Hank Williams songs,” he says. “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 Dement, is available when you pre-order the new record.  Here is how it sounds:




Prine will celebrate both the new album and his approaching 70th birthday with two shows at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium, September 30 and October 1, where he will be joined by some of the duet partners from For Better, Or Worse.  (Excruciatingly, dear reader, this falls five days after I leave Nashville to head back home!)



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”


*A collector’s edition of that album has since been released


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