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Big Thief's Adrienne Lenker covers John Prine


Big Thief singer Adrianne Lenker has shared a cover of John Prine in tribute to the musician as he currently fights for his life after contracting coronavrius.

Prine, who is said to be in a “stable” condition but not improving, remains in the intensive care unit after his condition continued to worsen during self-isolation. Confirmation was made that the 73-year-old singer-songwriter had been hospitalised on Thursday and, after his situation continued to deteriorate, he was intubated on Saturday. The news came just days after Prine’s wife, Fiona Whelan Prine, said that she had coronavirus and that the couple were self-quarantining separately.

“After a sudden onset of Covid-19 symptoms,” a statement reads from Prine’s social media. “John was hospitalised on Thursday (March 26). He was intubated Saturday evening, and continues to receive care, but his situation is critical.”

Now, as Fiona Prine confirmed news that she herself had recovered from coronavirus, she added that John was both “stable” but his current situation is not improving: “I need to clarify what I mean by “John is stable,” she said. “That is not the same as improving. There is no cure for Covid-19. He needs our prayers and love – as do the thousands of others who are critically ill. Stay at home. Wash your hands. We love you.”

She added: “I have recovered from Covid-19. We are humbled by the outpouring of love for me and John and our precious family. He is stabile. Please continue to send your amazing Love and prayers. Sing his songs. Stay home and wash hands. John loves you. I love you.”

Now, as a number of musicians pay tribute to Prine, Lenker has added her own spin on ‘Summer’s End’, a song taken from the Grammy Award-winning musician’s 2018 record The Tree of Forgiveness

Lenker wrote: “I’m beyond grateful for the gift of his songs, sending love to his whole family.”

See the performance, below.