Recent events in Alabama would have Margaret Atwood spinning in her grave if she was dead. Still, good to have resistance from the americana community. RS reports: “John Prine and Margo Price have joined the chorus of voices coming out in opposition of Alabama’s abortion ban, which was signed into law by Governor Kay Ivey on Wednesday.
Prine and Price will collaborate on a new recording of Prine’s “Unwed Fathers,” a representative for Prine confirmed to Rolling Stone. The song, from Prine’s 1989 album Aimless Love, takes a caustic look at the way men get to navigate unplanned pregnancies and the consequences (or lack thereof) they face as a result. “They run like water, through a mountain stream,” sings Prine. The recording will be paired with an update of “Your Flag Decal Won’t Get You Into Heaven Anymore” featuring a yet-to-be-named group of guest performers. Sales will benefit the Alabama chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union.
Additionally, Prine’s label Oh Boy Records has been auctioning off rare and limited merchandise to benefit the ACLU’s fight in Alabama. Items thus far have included a test-pressing of The Missing Years, a very low-numbered edition of the rare live recording September 78 and signed yellow vinyl editions of Prine’s 2018 album The Tree of Forgiveness.”
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