John Prine’s 2005 Grammy-winning album Fair & Square will have a deluxe reissue this fall. The double album edition will arrive on October 1st via the late songwriter’s own label Oh Boy Records. The LP, which will be available in standard black, opaque green, green and orange, was pressed in the Third Man Records pressing plant in Detroit.
Fair & Square awarded Prine the trophy for best contemporary folk album at the 48th Grammy Awards in 2005. It also achieved the fastest rise to # 1 in Americana radio history. In addition to announcing the reissue, the Prine family has announced a series of concerts in Nashville entitled “You Got Gold: Celebrating the Life & Songs of John Prine,” which will take place October 3rd through October 10th (10th would be Prines 75 Date of birth). Each show will feature a surprising line-up of friends portraying and celebrating the life of Prine. The proceeds will go to the Hello in There Foundation.
On October 8th, Oh Boy Records will release a new tribute LP, Broken Hearts and Dirty Windows: Songs of John Prine, Vol. 2. The label will unveil a new artist and song each month before it is released is. The first two episodes are: “Paradise” by Sturgill Simpson and “I Remember Everything” by Brandi Carlile.
John Prine died of COVID-19 complications in April last year. He was 73 years old. Check out Pitchfork’s epilogue feature, “Remembering John Prine, the Ultimate Songwriter’s Songwriter.”