- 24 Sep 20
Listen to Kurt Vile and John Prine join forces on 'How Lucky' below.
Ahead of the release of his Speed, Sound, Lonely KV (ep) on October 2, Kurt Vile has shared a cover of John Prine's 'How Lucky' – featuring the late singer-songwriter.
The five-track EP also features another Prine cover ('Speed Of The Sound Of Loneliness'), a cover of Jack Clement's 'Gone Girl', and two new original tracks, 'Dandelion' and 'Pearls'.
Speed, Sound, Lonely KV (ep), which follows Vile's acclaimed 2018 album Bottle It In, also features contributions from Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys and Matt Sweeney of Skunk, Chavez and supergroup Zwan.
While recording the project in the Butcher Shoppe Recording Studio in Nashville with producer David "Fergie" Ferguson, Vile met Prine backstage at the Station Inn.
"The truth is John was my hero for a long time when he came into The Butcher Shoppe to recut one of his deepest classics with me," Vile says. "And, man, I was floating and flying and I couldn't hear anything he told me while he was there till after he was gone for the night.
"A couple nights later we were playing 'How Lucky' together again; this time onstage at the Grand Ole Opry on New Year's Eve at the turn of 2020. Nothing like seeing John and his band of musical brothers and family and friends playing into the new decade in front of an adoring audience on that stage in Nashville, Tennessee... and, yup, that’s just how lucky we all got that night."
Prine passed away in April, due to complications caused by Covid-19.
Listen to Kurt Vile and John Prine's recording of 'How Lucky' below:
Revisit our tribute to John Prine here.