Daily Distraction: John Prine covers

Joel Oliphint
John Prine

Early this week, John Prine's family announced that the legendary singer and songwriter was hospitalized last Thursday and then intubated on Saturday evening after a sudden onset of COVID-19 symptoms. His situation was described as "critical," and the whole world seemed to collectively gasp and tear up.

I, for one, kept replaying a specific memory I had of Prine when he danced himself off the stage of the Ohio Theatre in the fall of 2018. And I found myself craving a vodka with ginger ale in his honor.

Yesterday, Prine's wife, Fiona Whelan Prine, who recently recovered from COVID-19, said that John Prine is stable, though she later clarified the statement, saying, "[Stable] is not the same as improving. There is no cure for Covid-19. He needs our prayers and love."

In the midst of the outpouring of gratitude and love for Prine, quite a few musicians played and recorded covers as tributes and get-well wishes. Below is a sampling.