Bob Weir, Brandi Carlile, Sturgill Simpson & Others Share Favorite John Prine Song

By Scott Bernstein Jun 13, 2019 12:46 pm PDT

A series of videos posted to John Prine‘s official YouTube channel features other performers discussing their favorite song by the legendary singer-songwriter. Bob Weir, Brandi Carlile, Sturgill Simpson, Nathaniel Rateliff and Tyler Childers each chimed in on the topic. The series of videos come in honor of Prine’s induction into the Songwriter’s Hall Of Fame tonight.

“My current favorite John Prine song is ‘Great Rain,'” Weir stated. “That’s because he says he’s going to write another verse for me and maybe even a bridge he doesn’t know about yet because it doesn’t get better than John Prine.” Watch “Bobby Weir’s” video along with audio of Prine’s “Great Rain”:

Bob Weir On His Favorite John Prine Song

Great Rain


“I wouldn’t be the songwriter I am today without you, that’s an understatement,” Carlile said. “My favorite song of yours is ‘Flag Decal’ because it’s been an anthem for the downtrodden and the people living in the fringes.” See Brandi discuss the song and Prine below as well as the original version of “Your Flag Decal Won’t Get You Into Heaven”:

Brandi Carlile On Her Favorite John Prine Song

Your Flag Decal Won’t Get You Into Heaven


“I was asked to pick out my favorite John Prine song, which is like asking everybody what their favorite kind of barbecue is,” Sturgill Simpson said. He decided on “Pretty Good” off John’s self-titled 1971 album for Atlantic. Simpson went on to tell a story of hearing the song for the first time. Check out Sturgill’s video below as well as audio of “Pretty Good”:

Sturgill Simpson On His Favorite John Prine Song

Pretty Good


“I’d like to talk about ‘All The Best,’ which is one of my many favorites of John’s,” Nataniel Rateliff explained. “It’s just so heartfelt and true and I love the verses.” He went on to describe the technique Prine uses in the song from 1991’s The Missing Years. Here’s Rateliff’s video along with audio of “All The Best”:

Nathaniel Rateliff On His Favorite John Prine Song

All The Best

Tyler Childers went with “Lake Marie” from John Prine’s 1995 album Lost Dogs & Mixed Blessings. “Not only because of the amazing storytelling, but because live it becomes a dance routine,” Childers note. See Tyler discuss Prine below and hear John’s version of “Lake Marie”:

Tyler Childers On His Favorite John Prine Song

Lake Marie

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