Phoebe Bridgers has paid tribute to the late John Prine with a special cover of his song ‘Summer’s End.
Bridgers, who was running through a sample of her new material in the online stream, called Prine’s track “one of my favourite songs ever.”
The singer added: “He’s one of the most important people on the planet to me,” before she rolled into the cover version.
Folk music legend Prine sadly passed away following a short battle with coronavirus aged just 73. Prine, seen as somewhat of a songwriter’s songwriter, was heavily revered his contemporaries with floods of artists already taking to social media to pay tribute to the prolific musician.
Born and raised on the outskirts of Chicago, Prine only picked up playing guitar and singing as a hobby during downtime as his role as a postman—where he wrote most of his classic songs. One night would change his life when, after complaining about the talent on show at an open mic night, he was challenged to do better. Prine rounded off a three-song set which would not only gain him rapturous applause but also provide him with a $1,000-a-weekend residency and allow him to pursue music full time. It was in Chicago that Prine came across Kris Kristofferson who instantly took a liking to him and helped propel the career of one of folk music’s all-time greats.
Bruce Springsteen led the tributes to Prine when he wrote “we are crushed by the loss of John Prine. John and I were ‘New Dylans’ together in the early ’70s and he was never anything but the loveliest guy in the world. A true national treasure and a songwriter for the ages.”
Now, in her own unique way, Bridgers has followed suit. Stream the cover, below.