Americana Honors Prince

Dixie Chicks - 'Nothing Compares 2 U'

“A strong spirit transcends rules.” Prince

Prince not only appeared to transcended mortality he transcended genre. So it’s not surprising that songwriters and musicians across styles took his sudden death as a call to perform reverent Prince covers to fill the void.

Roots music is no different. Though his music superficially differed from Americana and country music they saw in Prince a prolific songwriters and accomplished musician who’s entire being was defined by his art. Prince created music just as readily as the music created him. They were indistinguishable from each other.

Below I’ve collected a few live tributes in the aftermath as well as Cory Branan and Lydia Loveless superb Record Store Day 2015 purple vinyl split 7″. All are wonderful and you can feel the bittersweet joy in remembrance.

Also a video of Prince doing a Stones classic, because it’s awesome.

Bruce Springsteen – ‘Purple Rain’ – Multicam mix – Brooklyn – New York –

Chris Stapleton – ‘Nothing Compares 2 U’ – Greek Theater, Berkeley, CA –

The Dixie Chicks – ‘Nothing Compares 2 U’ – Horsens Denmark –

Avett Brothers “Pretty Girl From Annapolis w/ When Doves Cry Interlude” Chicago Theatre –

Mumford & Sons – ‘Nothing Compares 2 U’ – St. Paul, MN –

Old Crow Medicine Show w/ Margo Price – Purple Rain – Huntsville, AL –

Cory Branan – “Under the Cherry Moon” –

Lydia Loveless – “I Would Die 4 U” –

Prince – “Honky Tonk Woman” –

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