John Prine: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert

 

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March 12, 2018 | Bob Boilen — An American treasure came to the Tiny Desk and even premiered a new song. John Prine is a truly legendary songwriter. For more than 45 years the 71-year-old artist has written some of the most powerful lyrics in the American music canon, including “Sam Stone,” “Angel From Montgomery,” “Hello In There” and countless others.

John Prine’s new songs are equally powerful and he opens this Tiny Desk concert with “Caravan of Fools,” a track he wrote with Pat McLaughlin and Dan Auerbach. Prine adds a disclaimer to the song saying, “any likeness to the current administration is purely accidental.” That song, and his second tune, the sweet tearjerker “Summer’s End,” are from John Prine’s first album of new songs in 13 years, The Tree of Forgiveness, produced by Dave Cobb. It was recorded with his longtime band in Nashville’s legendary RCA Studio A. Guests include Brandi Carlile, Jason Isbell and Amanda Shires. There’s even a songwriter’s co-credit with Phil Spector.

For this Tiny Desk Concert John Prine also reaches back to his great “kiss-off” song from 1991 called “All the Best,” and then plays “Souvenirs,” a song intended for his debut full-length but released the following year on his 1972 album Diamonds in the Rough. It’s just one of the many sentimental ballads Prine has gifted us. Over the years, his voice has become gruffer and deeper, due in part to his battle with squamous cell cancer on the right side of his neck, all of which makes this song about memories slipping by feel all the more powerful and sad.

“Broken hearts and dirty windows
Make life difficult to see
That’s why last night and this mornin’
Always look the same to me
I hate reading old love letters
For they always bring me tears
I can’t forgive the way they rob me
Of my sweetheart’s souvenirs”

John Prine’s latest album, The Tree Of Forgiveness, is due out April 13 on Oh Boy Records. It’s available for pre-order from John Prine’s official web site, iTunes and Amazon.

The Tree of Forgiveness is available for pre-order now.

SET LIST

  • “Caravan of Fools”
  • “Summer’s End”
  • “All the Best”
  • “Souvenirs”

MUSICIANS

  • John Prine
  • Jason Wilber
  • David Jacques
  • Kenneth Blevins

CREDITS

  • Producers: Bob Boilen, Morgan Noelle Smith
  • Creative Director: Bob Boilen
  • Audio Engineer: Josh Rogosin
  • Videographers: Morgan Noelle Smith, Maia Stern, Alyse Young
  • Production Assistant: Salvatore Maicki
  • Photo: Christina Ascani/NPR

“Invincible” by Laura Wright

Laura Wright sings “Invincible”, written by Laura Wright and John Haywood, accompanied by Marsha Skinns (violin), Katie Holt (cello) and A.J Moore (guitar), tenor backing vocals by Seamus Wright, Liam Wright and Patrick Wright, at Union Chapel, Islington, on Thursday 26th March 2015 as part of the “Sound Of Strength” Tour.

“Renegades” by X Ambassadors

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This video was first published to YouTube on 9 June 2015. Since that time, it has had 25 million views. The description here is from Wikipedia:

Renegades” is a song by American rock band X Ambassadors. It was released as the second single from the band’s debut studio album VHS on March 3, 2015. It peaked inside the top ten in ten countries, including France, Germany, Canada and Poland, where it reached number one. In the United States, the song peaked at number 17 on the Billboard Hot 100 and was certified Platinum by the RIAA. The song was nominated for the “Top Rock Song” award at the 2016 Billboard Music Awards. The song was leveraged as a commercial tie-in with the release of the Jeep Renegade. It was delivered very quickly, just a few days after the request was sent in to Interscope Records as the song was nearly complete when Jeep first approached Interscope. It has been the band’s most successful song so far. “We’re trying not to get too caught up in everything,” X Ambassadors vocalist Sam Harris said. “We’re just glad people like [‘Renegades’] and that it’s having a positive effect on them.” The song was also featured in the second season of The Flash. (Source)

Lyrics

Run away with me
Lost souls and reverie
Running wild and running free
Two kids, you and me

And I say
Hey, hey hey hey
Living like we’re renegades
Hey hey hey
Hey hey hey
Living like we’re renegades
Renegades, renegades

Long live the pioneers
Rebels and mutineers
Go forth and have no fear
Come close the end is near

And I say hey, hey hey hey
Living like we’re renegades
Hey hey hey
Hey hey hey
Living like we’re renegades
Renegades, renegades

All hail the underdogs
All hail the new kids
All hail the outlaws
Spielberg’s and Kubrick’s

It’s our time to make a move
It’s our time to make amends
It’s our time to break the rules
Let’s begin

And I say hey, hey hey hey
Living like we’re renegades
Hey hey hey
Hey hey hey
Leaving like we’re renegades
Renegades, renegades

“La Gozadera” – Gente de Zona and Marc Anthony (Music Video)

The music video “La Gozadera” with Gente de Zona and Marc Anthony has had 689 million views since it’s release on 5 June 2015 to YouTube.

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Published to YouTube on Jun 5, 2015

Gente De Zona – “La Gozadera” [Official Music Video]
Gente De Zona’s album “Visualízate” is available on these digital platforms:
iTunes: http://smarturl.it/Visualizate
Google Play: http://smarturl.it/VisualizateGP
Amazon: http://smarturl.it/VisualizateAm
Spotify: http://smarturl.it/VisualizateSp

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Official music video by Gente De Zona performing “La Gozadera.” (C) 2016 Sony Music Entertainment US Latin LLC / Magnus Media LLC

“What Do You Love” by Seeb featuring Jacob Banks (Music Video)

Below is “What Do You Love” — an uplifting, inspiring, and positive music video performance by Seeb featuring Jacob Banks.

“What Do You Love” is a song from Norwegian production trio Seeb, featuring vocals from British singer Jacob Banks. The song was written by Jayd Alexander, Hannes Netzell, Christian Olsson, Espen Berg, Simen Eriksrud, Christoffer Huse, and Trond Opsahl, with the latter four handling the song’s production. It was made available for digital download on 14 October 2016 through Sky Music, Island Records, and Universal Music Group. (source)

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“You Saved Me” by Alfred C Ivery

Here’s a powerful video by Alfred C Ivery titled “You Saved Me.” [iTunes]

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Amazing Video from Western Sydney University

On 3 Sep 2015, Western Sydney University posted an inspiring video about Deng Thiak Adut, a graduate of their university. As of 11 Jan 2016, the video has already had 1.8 million views. Watch it and you’ll see why it’s been so popular.

Lightning Tent by Wildlife

First published to YouTube on 16 December 2013

The official video for Wildlife’s newest single – Lightning Tent, from their new album “On The Heart”, in stores and online now! http://goo.gl/O6VFF