Tyler Childers Honors John Prine With Flawless Rendition Of “Yes I Guess They Oughta Name A Drink After You”

David McClister

Tyler Childers covering John Prine… is this Heaven?

We’re only a week away from the release of Broken Hearts & Dirty Windows: Songs of John Prine, Vol. 2, the second installment in a pair of wonderful John Prine tribute albums.

If you’re not familiar, Broken Hearts & Dirty Windows Vol. 1 was released in 2010 and features artists like Justin Townes Earle, Avett Brothers, Old Crow Medicine Show, Drive-By Truckers, and more.

And now, Volume 2 is on the way featuring Brandi Carlile, Sturgill Simpson, Tyler Childers, and more.

“Oh Boy Records will be releasing Broken Hearts & Dirty Windows: Songs of John Prine, Vol. 2. this Fall.

The special tribute album will consist of contemporary artists, many of which were dear friends of John, performing John Prine covers.”

Brandi Carlile kicked off the tribute album with “I Remember Everything,” the final song that John ever wrote. Sturgill Simpson followed with a stellar rendition of “Paradise,” and today, Tyler Childers is here to grace our ears with a cover of “Yes I Guess They Oughta Name A Drink After You”

Written and recorded by John for his 1972 sophomore album Diamonds In The Rough, “Yes I Guess They Oughta Name A Drink After You” is a uniquely written tear in your beer kind of tune in the same vein as an old Hank Williams song

But there isn’t a chorus… and against the advice of others, that was the way John wanted it:

“I was going for a Hank Williams kind of song.

Steve Goodman always told me that if I’d taken another couple of minutes and put a chorus to the song – there isn’t any, just a tag line to every verse – that it would have been a hit country song.

And I was set in my ways. Once a song was done, it was done.” 

Broken Hearts & Dirty Windows: Volume 2 is set to drop October 8th, 2021.

And of course the original:

Listen to Tyler discuss the influence John Prine had on him:

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