Miranda Lambert's Tribute to Country Songwriting Legend John Prine Is Absolutely Heartbreaking

Tierney McAfee
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From Country Living

  • Songwriter John Prine died on April 7 at age 73 from complications related to COVID-19.
  • Country artists including Miranda Lambert and Kacey Musgraves took to social media to honor his legacy and music catalog, which included beloved songs like "Angel from Montgomery" and "Sweet Revenge."

Country songwriting legend John Prine, whose classic contributions include "Angel from Montgomery," "In Spite of Ourselves," and "That's the Way the World Goes Round," has died from health complications tied to the coronavirus.

The singer-songwriter was hospitalized in late March after a sudden onset of COVID-19 symptoms, his family said on Instagram on March 29.

His wife, Fiona Whelan Prine, who was also diagnosed with COVID-19 last month, announced his passing in an emotional statement on Instagram, writing, "John will be so missed but he will continue to comfort us with his words and music and the gifts of kindness, humor and love he left for all of us to share."

As news of John's passing spread across the music community, many musicians took to social media to mourn the loss of the award-winning songwriter.

Among them was Miranda Lambert, who recorded a rocking rendition of John's classic song "That's The Way The World Goes 'Round" in 2009 for her award-winning Revolution album.

Miranda shared a photo of herself with John on Twitter, captioning it, "Thank you for everything. One and only. #hellointhere #johnprine."

Toby Keith wrote that John's death has left a "huge hole" in the music world. "John did it best. RIP -T." Toby tweeted.

Kacey Musgraves, who actually has a song in her catalog called "Burn One With John Prine," shared a few particularly heartfelt notes to her Instagram stories:

"Several years ago I got to swap songs on stage with him. Just us two and our guitars. Sharing stories. I played one of the first songs I ever wrote after I moved to Nashville called 'Burn One With John Prine.' . . . Rest In Peace, angel man."

Singer-songwriter Jason Isbell, whose family was friends with the Prine family, shared an emotional post that featured handwritten lyrics that John wrote out for him in 2018:

Bruce Springsteen, Sheryl Crow, and others, including Reese Witherspoon and Billy Ray Cyrus, also paid tribute to the musician on social media.

"Over here on E Street, we are crushed by the loss of John Prine," Bruce tweeted.

"My heart hurts learning that John Prine has passed away," Sheryl shared on Twitter. "He is singing with the angels. You will be missed but your songs will live on."

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