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Country Singer Sturgill Simpson On John Prine, Merle Haggard And Coping With Loss

Sturgill Simpson performs onstage during The 59th Grammy Awards at Staples Center in 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
Sturgill Simpson performs onstage during The 59th Grammy Awards at Staples Center in 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

When John Prine was hospitalized last year with COVID-19, Sturgill Simpson had a feeling that he might never see his friend and mentor again.

At 73 years old, Prine was a country folk legend and a two-time Grammy Award winner. His song “Paradise,” which he wrote for his father — a native of Paradise, Kentucky — has been covered by dozens of artists.

After Prine died on April 7, 2020, Simpson — himself, a Kentucky native and Grammy winner — offered to cover the song again for the upcoming tribute album “Broken Hearts & Dirty Windows: Songs of John Prine, Vol. 2,” out this fall.

Here & Now‘s Peter O’Dowd speaks with Simpson about the loss of Prine and other country legends.

This article was originally published on WBUR.org.
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