By Lauren Sloss | June 15th, 2011
Alright, Indie Shufflers. Who here knows who John Prine? Who’s listened to him? If the answer’s “I don’t know,” don’t worry. Justin Vernon of Bon Iver is here to act as your gateway drug to the folk-country delights of John Prine.
Prine, a singer-songwriter who’s been putting out the best kind of guitar-driven music since the 70s, is the perfect foil for Bon Iver’s introspective and often sorrowful brand of folk rock. This cover showcases little of Vernon’s trademark falsetto but all of the rootsy introspection that makes Bon Iver tracks so good.
The first track off of Broken Hearts & Dirty Windows: Songs of John Prine, its clear why Prine is such an influence to the artists showcased here. Vernon is joined by Deer Tick, Conor Oberst & The Mystic Valley Band, My Morning Jacket, and The Avett Brothers.
Vernon starts you off slow and easy; he’ll have you hooked to Prine in no time.