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“Twistable, Turnable Man: A Musical Tribute to the songs of Shel Silverstein”

Shel Silverstein, as a writer, poet, and songwriter has influenced generations upon generations of kids (and kids at heart) with his brilliant, witty, and touching turns of phrase. It is Silverstein’s oft-overlooked catalog of classic songs that is the focus of this new all-star tribute. As a songwriter, Silverstein penned indelible songs for artists such as Johnny Cash, Dr. Hook, Loretta Lynn, Bobby Bare, and countless others. On this collection, lovingly produced by Bobby Bare Sr. and Bobby Bare Jr., two distinct generations of artists inspired by Silverstein have lined up to pay tribute. From Kris Kristofferson, Ray Price, and John Prine to Andrew Bird, Billy Bob Thornton’s band the Boxmasters, Black Francis, My Morning Jacket, Dr. Dog and more, “Twistable, Turnable Man: A Musical Tribute to the Songs of Shel Silverstein” is an eclectic, endearing valentine to this giant of American song.
Release date: June 8th on Sugar Hill Records.

01. Lullabys, Legends and Lies: My Morning Jacket
02. The Twistable, Turnable Man Returns: Andrew Bird
03. This Guitar Is For Sale: John Prine
04. The Unicorn: Dr. Dog
05. The Winner: Kris Kristofferson
06. Queen Of The Silver Dollar: Sarah Jarosz w/ Black Prairie
07. Daddy What If: Bobby Bare, Jr. w. Isabella Bare
08. The Cover Of The Rolling Stone: Black Francis w/ Joey Santiago
09. Sylvia’s Mother: The Boxmasters
10. Me And Jimmy Rodgers: Ray Price
11. A Boy Named Sue: Todd Snider
12. The Ballad Of Lucy Jordan: Lucinda Williams
13. The Living Legend: Bobby Bare, Sr.
14. The Giving Tree: Nanci Griffith
15. 26 Second Song: My Morning Jacket

Shel Silverstein on “The Johnny Cash Show” (1970)

The Actual ’73 Giving Tree Movie Spoken By Shel Silverstein

“VA-Broken Hearts and Dirty Windows: Songs of John Prine 2010″ will be released by Oh Boy Records on June 22th. It is a celebration of Prine’s music featuring twelve newly-recorded cover versions of classic Prine songs by acts like Conor Oberst, My Morning Jacket & Avett Brothers, among others.
photo: Jim Shea

:: NPR preview of ‘Bruised Orange (Chain of Sorrow)’ by Justin Vernon of Bon Iver.

complete tracklisting:
01) Justin Vernon of Bon Iver – Bruised Orange (Chain of Sorrow)
02) Conor Oberst And The Mystic Valley Band – Wedding Day In Funeralville
03) My Morning Jacket – All The Best
04) Josh Ritter – Mexican Home
05) Lambchop – Six O’Clock News
06) Justin Townes Earle – Far From Me
07) The Avett Brothers – Spanish Pipedream
08) Old Crow Medicine Show – Angel From Montgomery
09) Sara Watkins – The Late John Garfield Blues
10) Drive-By Truckers – Daddy’s Little Pumpkin
11) Deer Tick featuring Liz Isenberg – Unwed Fathers
12) Those Darlins – Let’s Talk Dirty In Hawaiian

Also Oh Boy Records will release John Prine’s new live record “In Person & On Stage” on May 25th which contains 14 songs, hand-picked from hundreds of recent concerts, and duets with Iris DeMent, Sara Watkins, Emmylou Harris, Josh Ritter, Kane Welch Kaplan.