John returned from his Australian tour on March 16th and immediately went into a self-imposed quarantine. Hermited away at his north Georgia cabin, he spent his days reading, writing, and trying to use his time creatively. One of the results of that time is a collection of songs written during and about the Quarantine and the times around it. From the funny to the heartfelt, John ruminates on love at a distance, the national mood, those on the front lines of the fight against COVID-19, those forgotten, what happens after all this, and even the surprising resurgence of the bean. With his keen eye for the great within the small, his captivating storytelling, and his ability to go for the funny bone and the heart at once, it is vintage McCutcheon.
This is a web-site-only release and is only available as a downloadable album.
This is a pay-what-you-will album. Knowing that there are many who’ve lost their jobs and their incomes, as well as many who are economically unphased by this current situation, please…help yourself to the music if you cannot afford to buy it, but please be generous if you can. It’s entirely up to you.
You have 2 options for downloading this album.
1) Mp3 files. These are smaller files, more quickly downloaded, and take up less space on your devices. This is what almost all downloads are from everywhere.
2) Wav files. These are larger, full-range audio files, like you would get on a CD. They'll take longer to download and will take up more space. These are rarely offered as download files.
So why are we offering both? Because John works hard to get his albums sounding great and the compression used on mp3 files erases much of the fine tuning. John hates mp3's. Most musicians do. Yeah, we know it's kinda snobbish, but ears are what a musician is paid for, huh?
If you don't want to choose, you can have both. Listen to the mp3's on your mobile devices and burn a CD with the wav files for the total listening experience. With our compliments.
Thanks for your interest, thanks for being careful, and thanks for helping us all get through this with our souls intact.
The Night That John Prine Died
Sheltered in Place
In Bristol Bay
One Hundred Years
Six Feet Away
My Dog Talking Blues
When All of This Is Over
Monet Refuses the Operation
The Night That John Prine Died (original lyrics)