Sturgill Simpson Covers John Prine’s ‘Paradise’

By Scott Bernstein Apr 30, 2021 6:54 am PDT

Sturgill Simpson contributed a cover of John Prine‘s “Paradise” to Broken Hearts & Dirty Windows Vol. 2, an upcoming tribute album honoring Prine. Broken Hearts & Dirty Windows Vol. 2 is due this fall via Oh Boy Records, a label the late John Prine co-founded.

John Prine — who tragically passed away from complications due to COVID-19 in April 2020 — wrote “Paradise” for his dad. The song was originally released by Prine on his self-titled 1971 debut album.

Simpson’s take on “Paradise” was “the last song ever recorded at The Butcher Shoppe,” as per Oh Boy Records. The Butcher Shoppe was co-founded by Sturgill, John Prine and Dan Ferguson. Dan Ferguson co-produced “Paradise.” Proceeds from the track will benefit UNICEF USA’s Covid-19 Relief Fund.

John Prine and Sturgill Simpson forged a long friendship and performed together a number of times. Sturgill spoke about his relationship with Prine during a November 2020 appearance on Colbert.

Oh Boy Records previously released Brandi Carlile’s cover of “I Remember Everything” from Broken Hearts & Dirty Windows Vol. 2. Stream Sturgill’s “Paradise” below:

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