How Lucky: Kurt Vile and John Prine- DJ Pick of the Week

Kurt Vile Album art
Kurt Vile Album art

Rev’s DJ Pick of the Week! 

Today’s DJ pick comes from two legends, Kurt Vile and John Prine. This year has been a difficult one, but losing the late John Prine hit us like a ton of bricks. In June Prine released his final single, “I Remember Everything”, a somber track that takes the listener on an intimate journey through Prine’s life.

“How Lucky” the subject of today’s pick, is the first collaborative single released after Prine’s passing. Originally recorded by Prine in 1979, Vile wanted to collaborate with his musical hero and reimagine the song. This sweet tune is full of melancholy but makes you reflect on the beautiful moments in this passing life. “How Lucky” sounds like a summer day spent with old friends reminiscing on the past. This single comes from Vile’s new EP, Speed, Sound, Lonely KV’. This EP drops today, October 2nd, and features five-song. Speed, Sound, Lonely KV’, was recorded over four years at The Butcher Shoppe studios right here in Nashville. 

Vile said this in a press release about working with Prine, “The truth is John was my hero for a long time when he came into The Butcher Shoppe to recut one of his deepest classics with me, man, I was floating and flying and, I couldn’t hear anything he told me while he was there till after he was gone for the night", said Vile. 
"A couple of nights later we were playing "How Lucky" together again, this time onstage at the Grand Ole Opry on New Year’s Eve at the turn of 2020. Nothing like seeing John and his band of musical brothers and family and friends playing into the new decade in front of an adoring audience on that stage in Nashville, Tennessee…and, yup, that’s just how lucky we all got that night.” 

Since Prine’s passing the world has seemed a bit darker, but how lucky are we that his music and impact will live on forever. 

Be sure to tune into 100.1 FM or to hear “How Lucky” by Kurt Vile and John Prine, featured as Rev’s DJ Pick of the Week. And we want to hear what you think! Tweet at us with #L100DJPick and give us your take on the track.

Written by: Madison Sharp