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Kurt Vile announces new EP, duets with the late John Prine on cover of "How Lucky"

24 September 2020, 15:52 | Written by Cerys Kenneally

Kurt Vile is back with news of his upcoming EP Speed, Sound, Lonely KV (ep), and has released a cover of John Prine's "How Lucky" that features the late singer/songwriter.

Kurt Vile's cover of John Prine's 1979 track "How Lucky" is the first taster of his new EP. The cover also features the late John Prine, with the two duetting towards the end of the track.

Vile says the cover is "Probably the single most special musical moment in my life."

Speed, Sound, Lonely KV (ep) will also include another Prine cover ("Speed Of The Sound Of Loneliness"), a cover of "Cowboy" Jack Clement’s "Gone Girl", and two new Kurt Vile songs titled "Dandelion" and "Pearls".

The EP was recorded and mixed in multiple sessions that took place across four years at Nashville's The Butcher Shoppe studio. The EP features contributions from The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach and Superwolf's Matt Sweeney.

Reflecting on working with Prine, Vile says, "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. And, 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."

He adds, "A couple 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, TN... and, yup, that's just how lucky we all got that night."

Kurt Vile's cover of John Prine's "How Lucky" is out now. His Speed, Sound, Lonely KV (ep) will be released digitally on 2 October via Mataor. Physical copies are available to pre-order now.
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