As the world finds itself in one of the most tumultuous times we've ever experienced, I can't help but agree and think that Jim will either dig up something special or project his angelic and healing voice in some way.
The Withers covers was magical. Losing Prine probably hit him deeply as well. We all need a bit of healing power right now.
John Prine was my gateway to appreciate classic Country.
Jim James was my gateway to John Prine
Once upon a time, someone in this forum shared a folder of MMJ/JJ doing (mostly acoustic) covers . This folder actually changed my life quite a bit.
In this incredible compilation, Jim James covers John Prine's All The Best, & Spanish Pipedream. Of course, MMJ covered All the Best on the 2010 John Prine Tribute record, but Jim James playing it acoustic solo is something quite magical...
Even more magical is his slow, ghostly, contemplative, heart-wrenching cover of the chorus from Spanish Pipedream. I've played this 50-second clip hundred of times.
I'm pretty sure there is a working link to the entire Covers Compilation somewhere in this forum, but here is a dropbox link to Jim's John Prine covers:
Thank you, Jim, for introducing me to one of my favorite songwriters, and RIP John Prine. Enjoy your 9-foot cigarette, brother.
Last year, Prine was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Onstage, he summed up why he chose a life as a songwriter: "I gotta say, there's no better feeling than having a killer song in your pocket, and you're the only one in the world who's heard it."