John Prine & Kelsey Waldon Perform ‘Kentucky Means Paradise’


John Prine and Kelsey Waldon recorded a cover of Merle Travis’ “Kentucky Means Paradise.” The pair shared video of the recording session that was held to celebrate Waldon’s signing to Prine’s Oh Boy Records label.

Recorded at engineer Gena Johnson’s studio, it was Prine and Waldon’s first recording session following several live collaborations. The pair also recorded a version of “Paradise” — Prine’s tribute to a small town in Muhlenberg County in Waldon’s native Kentucky. Oh Boy Records will make The Kentucky Sessions 7-inch vinyl featuring the pair of tracks available exclusively to those who pre-order Waldon’s upcoming debut on the label, White Noise/White Lines.

Prine recently canceled a number of concerts due to a medical issue. The 72-year-old singer-songwriter is expected to return to performing live in September after undergoing surgery to relieve an elevated risk for stroke.

Watch the recording of “Kentucky Means Paradise” below:

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