Oh Boy Records was launched back in 1991 by John Prine and his manager in order to directly serve his fans without having to go cap in hand to the bigger labels, and four decades later Oh Boy Records is still around and carrying on Prine’s legacy.
The label marks its 40th anniversary this year with a variety of new projects, one of which is a documentary about the label’s origin and history which you can watch a trailer to below. Prine himself appears in the trailer for the film via archival footage and discusses among other things how he came up with the name: “When things are going really good, I can just go, ‘Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy, what a year we had!’ and when things ain’t so good, you go, ‘Oh boy…”
The film also interviews other artists who released records on the label including Todd Snider, Prine’s widow and president of the label, Fiona Whelan Prine; and co-founder of Oh Boy Al Bunetta.
Alongside the film, Oh Boy Records is set to release an anniversary edition of Prine’s self-titled 1971 debut album, which celebrates its 50th birthday this year, a Prine 7-inch box set, and a vinyl release of 2005’s ‘Fair & Square’ album