WXPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Color of the Blues” by John Prine featuring Susan Tedeschi

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John Prine | Photo by Josh Britt
John Prine | Photo by Josh Britt

Legendary singer-songwriter John Prine returns with a new album, For Better, or Worse, on September 30th.

An album of duets, the collection features Prine with Iris DeMent, Lee Ann Womack, Amanda Shires, Miranda Lambert, Kacey Musgraves, Holly Williams, Susan Tedeschi, and others on a collection of covers of songs originally recorded by by Hank Williams, George Jones, Ernest Tubb, and Buck Owens. Prine, who turns 70 on October 10th, debuted in 1971 with his folk singer-songwriter classic self-titled album that included some of his most beloved songs including “Sam Stone,” “Hello In There,” and “Angel From Montgomery,” a song that Bonnie Raitt covered and has come to be closely associated with.

Having survived several bouts with cancer over the years (1998 and 2013), a rehabilitated Prine continues to thrive musically, adding a new album to a body of work that includes – in addition to his self-titled debut – influential albums like Sweet Revenge, Bruised Orange, and Lost Dogs + Mixed Blessings. A natural born story teller with a knack for injecting a sense of playfulness into his work, as well as capturing the emotional pull of life’s happy-to-sad edges, his work ranks up there with his singer-songwriter peers like James Taylor and Jackson Browne.

Below, listen to “Color of The Blues,” a new song from his forthcoming album originally written by George Jones and Lawton Williams, and recorded by Jones in 1958.

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