Kurt Vile with John Prine – “How Lucky”

I’m sure I won’t be the first to tell you about this one but KV’s always held a soft spot in my heart ever since some basement shows back in NYC so many years ago. It was worth waiting until deep into the morning then and its worth flagging this excellent collab with John Prine for his upcoming EP. Can’t even imagine Vile collaborating with an American legend back then, but here it sounds so natural with the both of them taking on Prine’s “How Lucky.” Speed, Sound, Lonely KV wraps up a few covers of John Prine and “Cowboy” Jack Clement as well as two originals — and was recorded with Nashville with session notables Bobby Wood, Dave Roe, and Kenny Malone along with with Dan Auerbach (The Black Keys) and Matt Sweeney (Chavez, Superwolf). Hearing Prine here, sounding as natural and weathered as always just makes this year’s loss harder to take, but this curio from Vile is a reminder of what made him an indelible voice in American songwriting. The EP is out October 2nd from Matador.




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