Oh Boy Records celebrates John Prine with vinyl pressings, more

Jean Prine. Photo: Danny Clinch

Oh Boy Records is releasing new vinyl pressings of two of its Jean Prine classics: Aimless love (1984), scheduled for release August 26, and German afternoons (1986), released on September 16 for its multi-faceted celebration “The Summer of Oh Boy Records”.

Aimless love, Prine’s first full-length album via Oh Boy, was entirely fan-funded and launched the label, which was founded in 1981 by Prine and his longtime manager. Al Bunetta. In celebration of the German afternoons release, Oh Boy is hosting an event at Vinyl Lab in Nashville on September 16, featuring food, drink, entertainment and a live pressing of German afternoons while the party is on.

Oh Boy Records has also partnered with Vinyl Brew for a series of special events across the country this summer in Indianapolis, Cincinnati, Lexington and more. At each event, a limited amount of vinyl pressings will be available, including German afternoons on pink swirl vinyl, Aimless love on yellow swirl and Broken Hearts and Dirty Windows Vol. 2: John Prine Songs on blue and black swirl.

The indie label has also partnered with the Newport Folk Festival to create the new John Prine Songwriter Fellowship with this year’s first recipient, Leith Ross.

“We have created this scholarship in partnership with John’s family to celebrate John’s life and the impact he has had on our festival community,” Newport Folk Festival organizers share. “Each year we choose a young songwriter who we believe embodies the spirit of John and give him his first place at the festival. Leith’s intimate, yet relatable writing style and clever lyrics remind us of John while being completely unique. They continue, “We have also partnered with Almanack Arts to offer Leith a week-long songwriting retreat in Nantucket this summer. There, Leith will have the time, resources and space to perfect his craft.

The celebration of “The Summer of Oh Boy Records” will culminate with “You Got Gold: Celebrating the Life & Songs of John Prine,” a full week of concerts and events held at various venues in Nashville from October 7-12.

Jack L. Goldstein