Daily Distraction: Listen to Gillian Welch cover John Prine

Joel Oliphint
Cover art for the new album from Gillian Welch and David Rawlings

On Friday, Gillian Welch and David Rawlings surprise-released a covers album, All the Good Times are Past & Gone, which is maybe the most appropriately titled record to come out in The Year of Our Virus, 2020.

The 10-track release is a home recording, with five of the songs purportedly laid to tape as first takes. But this is Gillian Welch and David Rawlings, two masters of stripped-down recording, so don't expect lo-fi sloppiness. Instead, All the Good Times features beautifully sparse, close-mic'd versions of songs by Bob Dylan ("Senor," "Abandoned Love"), Elizabeth Cotten ("Oh Babe It Ain't No Lie") and Norman Blake ("Ginseng Sullivan"), as well as "Jackson," a tune made famous by Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash. 

But my personal favorite is the duo's cover of John Prine's "Hello in There," which is arguably one of the greatest songs ever written. Give it a listen below.