‘The Summer of Oh Boy Records’ on the way: new John Prine vinyl pressings, special events across the country and a scholarship with the Newport Folk Festival
Over the next few months, Oh Boy Records will add to its renowned legacy with “The Summer of Oh Boy Records” – a series of limited edition vinyl releases, special events across the country, a new scholarship in partnership with Newport Folk Festival and continued.
Recently named Label of the Year (Small) at the 2022 A2IM Librea Awards, Oh Boy will release new pressings of two of John Prine’s beloved albums: Aimless love (1984) – Prine’s first full-length album via Oh Boy, which was entirely fan-funded and launched the label – will be released on August 26, while GRAMMY nominee, German afternoons (1986), will be available September 16. To celebrate the release of German Afternoons, Oh Boy will be hosting an event at Nashville’s The Vinyl Lab on September 16, featuring food, drink, entertainment and a live pressing of German Afternoons as the party takes place.
Additionally, Oh Boy Records has partnered with Vinyl Brew for a series of special events across the country this summer, including celebrations 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 & Dirty Windows Vol. 2: John Prine songs on blue and black swirl. Full details for the Oh Boy Roadshow can be found HERE.
Additionally, the label’s new documentary, Big Old Goofy World: The Story of Oh Boy Records, captured attention this year, receiving accolades from numerous festivals across the country such as Kansas Film Festival (Best Documentary 2022), Cinema On The Bayou (Special Jury Prize for Documentary Feature + 2022 Inspiration Prize) and Upike Film Festival (Best Documentary 2022) as well as being selected as an official selection at the Brooklyn Film Festival and the upcoming Albuquerque Film and MusicExperience.
Known for celebrating and supporting songwriters, Oh Boy has also partnered with the Newport Folk Festival to create the new John Prine Songwriter Fellowship with this year’s first recipient, Leith Ross. On the partnership, the Newport Folk Festival team shares, “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. 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. We’ve 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 year-long celebration 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, October 7-12. Full details of the event, which will benefit the newly minted 501c3, Le Hello In There Foundationcan be found via YouGotGold.JohnPrine.com.
Founded in 1981 by John Prine and his longtime manager Al Bunetta, Oh Boy Records continues to be a vital part of Nashville’s independent music community with a roster that includes Tré Burt, Kelsey Waldon, Dan Reeder, Arlo McKinley and Emily Scott Robinson.
Considered one of the finest phrase-turners in the English language, Prine is a four-time Grammy winner, Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award winner, seven-time Americana Music Award winner, PEN New England Lyrics Award recipient and member of both the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. Since debuting in 1971, Prine has released over eighteen albums and had songs recorded by Johnny Cash, Carly Simon, Bette Midler, Bonnie Raitt, Norah Jones, George Strait, Miranda Lambert, Zac Brown Band and many more. others, while eliciting effusive praise. of Bob Dylan, Kris Kristofferson, Bonnie Raitt, Roger Waters, Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen and more, who knew him as a smiling, drawling force for good.