Listen to The Music Is You: A Tribute to John Denver via NPR Music’s First Listen series

DenverLast week, we premiered a moving cover of John Denver’s “Some Days Are Diamonds” by Philly’s Amos Lee. It comes from the excellent John Denver tribute LP The Music Is You, out next week on ATO Records, and this week you can hear the entire star-studded compilation – which features contributions from My Morning Jacket, Sharon Van Etten, Brandi Carlisle and more – via the NPR Music First Listen series. NPR’s Robin Hilton has this to say:

Denver, who wrote unabashedly sentimental songs about love, nature and an ever-homesick life on the road, had a rare gift for stirring something inside listeners. To many, his melodies and lyrics could come off as maudlin and conventional. But for the countless believers — and there are many — Denver was a poet, a visionary and a constant companion.

The artists assembled for a new John Denver tribute record, The Music Is You, likely fall into the latter category. The album, out April 2, showcases some of Denver’s most beloved songs, as performed by a cross-genre, cross-generational and impressive mix of musicians — many of whom were in elementary school in the ’70s and ’80s, when Denver was singing on The Muppet Show and appearing in kid-friendly TV specials.

Listen to The Music Is You: A Tribute to John Denver in its entirety here.


Amos Lee, Sharon Van Etten featured on charity tribute to John Denver

Philly soul-folk luminary Amos Lee and indie songwriter Sharon Van Etten are among the artist confirmed for the new The Music Is You: A Tribute to John Denver, a charity compilation coming out in February of next year on Dave Matthews’ ATO Records. The album, which releases around the 40th anniversary of Denver’s signature tune “Rocky Mountain High,” will donate a portion of the proceeds to environmental charities. Check out a partial track listing below.

“Take Me To Tomorrow” by Dave Matthews
“Leaving, on a Jet Plane” by My Morning Jacket
“Sunshine On My Shoulders” by Train
“Wooden Indian” by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
“Some Days are Diamonds” by Amos Lee
(Song selection TBA) by Lucinda Williams
“Take Me Home, Country Roads” by Brandi Carlile
“Back Home Again” by Old Crow Medicine Show
“Darcy Farrow” by Josh Ritter and Barnstar
“All of My Memories” by Kathleen Edwards
“Prisoners” by J Mascis and Sharon Van Etten
“Annie’s Song” by Brett Dennen and Milow
“Looking For Space” by Evan Dando
“Eagle and the Hawk” by Blind Pilot
“I Guess He’d Rather Be In Colorado” by Mary Chapin Carpenter