Ahead of the Kentucky Derby on Saturday, iconic singer-songwriter John Prine has shared a cover of Stephen Foster‘s “My Old Kentucky Home, Goodnight”. The ballad is an annual staple at Louisville, KY’s beloved horse racing event, which is played by the University Of Louisville Marching Band as the horses are led into the Post Parade. The song is also regularly played at
University of Kentucky, University of Louisville, Murray State University, Eastern Kentucky University, and Western Kentucky University football and basketball games.
Prine’s cover of “My Old Kentucky Home, Goodnight” will be released as a limited-edition 7-inch Kentucky blue vinyl, with John’s “Paradise” featuring Tyler Childers on the B-side of the record. Proceeds from the release will benefit the Appalachian Citizens’ Law Center, a non-profit law firm representing coal miners and their families in the Appalachian region.
Listen to Prine’s cover of “My Old Kentucky Home, Goodnight” below:
John Prine – “My Old Kentucky Home, Goodnight”
In other John Prine-related news, the musician recently had to cancel his performance at the 50th annual New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, originally set for Saturday, May 4th. Jazz Fest called upon Elvis Bishop’s Big Fun Trio to take Prine’s slot.
“After a routine medical procedure his doctor has advised him he needs to extend his recovery time,” Prine’s management told Jazz Fest organizers.
Fans can head here to pre-order John Prine’s forthcoming 7-inch vinyl.