Monday, October 06, 2008

John Prine show review: 09.20.08 The King Center — Melbourne, FL

Thought you all might like to read a nice review of one of the latest shows on the John Prine tour by our good friends over at Pop Matters. One of our office favorites, Josh Ritter, opened the show and did "Paradise" with John at the end of the night. All in all, sounds like it was a great show.

Click here to read the rest of the review.

and

Click here to see if Prine is coming to a town near you soon!

Thursday, October 02, 2008

The true story of 'Go Cubs Go!'

Here is an article from the L.A. Times about the back story to the recording of Steve Goodman's baseball hit, "Go Cubs Go". There have been a number of articles that have gone into the beginnings of the song, but Patrick Goldstein, author of the piece, actually talks to Hank Neuberger, one of the engineers and producers for the song. In it, he recounts how the song came about and some of the players involved. Here's one of our favorite quotes from the Hank:

"But the most timeless aspect of this record, the secret ingredient that makes it work as well today as back in ’84, is simply Steve’s magical voice. You can’t hear Steve Goodman’s voice without hearing the smile and joy inside it. The very sound of Steve’s delivery expresses what every Cub fan at the ballpark feels -- that there’s no place on Earth today we’d rather be than right here at Wrigley Field."

Couldn't have said it better ourselves. Big game tonight folks. First pitch is at 8:37 CST, so make sure you're in front of a massive TV and remember, "Go Cubs Go"...

Click here to read the rest of the article.

And if you haven't yet, make your way over to our online store and pick up a copy of Steve Goodman's The Baseball Singles EP, as well as our brand new "Go Cubs Go" shirt!

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

It all begins tomorrow...

We found another nice little piece about Steve and the Cubs that we thought we'd throw up for your reading pleasure. The road to their first World Series title in 100 years begins in Chicago on Wednesday night at 5:30 CST as the Cubs take on the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NLDS. Make sure you pick up your copy of the Baseball Singles EP on Musicfansdirect.com so that you can crank "Go Cubs Go" as they beat the Dodgers in Game 1.

Get Steve Goodman's The Baseball Singles EP from Musicfansdirect.com!




Monday, September 22, 2008

Holy Cow!! Check out MIke Leonard's clip on Steve Goodman!!



Congratulations to the Chicago Cubs for clinching the NL Central on Saturday!! To celebrate, check out this wonderful piece that Mike Leonard did on Steve Goodman and the incredible resurgence of Steve's song "Go Cubs Go"!!

Don't forget to pick up the newly created Steve Goodman The Baseball Singles exclusively at MusicFansDirect by clicking on the link below!!

- Steve Goodman - The Baseball Singles on MusicFansDirect -



Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Update: Steve Goodman piece on NBC's The Today Show



Just a quick reminder to all Steve Goodman and Chicago Cubs fans that tomorrow, September 18th, The Today Show will air a wonderful piece done by Mike Leonard about Stevie, the Cubs and the song "Go Cubs Go". It should air tomorrow at 8:20AM on your local NBC station so make sure you catch it. Also, if you missed the news yesterday, we are proud to announce the release of the new Steve Goodman "Baseball Singles EP" featuring "Go Cubs Go" and three other classic baseball tunes, sung only the way Steve could. So make sure you check those out too. So, set the alarm clocks, get the coffee pots brewin' and prepare to celebrate the memory of Steve really early with the rest of the country.

Purchase Steve Goodman's "The Baseball Singles EP" from Musicfansdirect.com



Tuesday, September 16, 2008

"Go Cubs Go" piece to air on NBC's The Today Show



Tomorrow or Thursday (sorry we don't have the exact day), there will be a nice piece by our good friend Mike Leonard airing on The Today Show about the now classic Steve Goodman baseball song, "Go Cubs Go". Given the play of the Chicago Cubs this season (best record in the NL), coupled with the fact that it has been exactly 100 years since the team last won a World Series, there is much reason for optimism that this may actually be the year that they win it all (fingers crossed) and we couldn't be happier to be even a very small part of it. The Today Show airs on NBC every morning at 7:00 AM CST, so make sure that you catch it either Wednesday or Thursday on NBC.

Also, if you want to show your Cubs (or Steve Goodman) pride, make sure that you pick up the new "Baseball Singles EP" that we have just put together and are offering exclusively to our customers on Musicfansdirect.com. The disc will feature "Go Cubs Go" along with "A Dying Cub Fan's Last Request", "When The Cubs Go Marching In" and "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" and is available for pre-sale now. Go get it today, and "Go Cubs Go"!



Purchase "The Baseball Singles EP" at musicfansdirect.com



Friday, September 05, 2008

Steve Goodman, and the Surprising Story of "Go, Cubs, Go"



There was a nice article that ran in the Huffington Post the other day about the unlikely beginnings Steve Goodman's baseball classic, "Go Cubs Go". Originally written in 1984 as a jingle for WGN in Chicago, the song sort of slid into obscurity until last year. Now, as the Cubs close in on their second NL Central division title in a row, the song, and the expectations for this team, are bigger than ever. Here is to a great rest of the baseball season. It should be a good one..."Go Cubs Go"!


Steve Goodman, and the Surprising Story of "Go, Cubs, Go"


Purchase the No Big Surprise Anthology featuring "Go Cubs Go" on Musicfansdirect.com


Purchase "Go Cubs Go" on iTunes


Purchase "Go Cubs Go" on Amazon.com mp3



Thursday, August 14, 2008

Standard Songs for Average People nominated for IBMA!



We are proud to announce that John Prine and Mac Wiseman's Standard Songs for Average People has been nominated for an Independent Bluegass Music Award this year. The album is nominated in the category of "Recorded Event of the Year". This is the 19TH Annual IBMA's and this year they will be hosted by bluegrass legend Del McCoury. They will take place on Thursday, October 2, 2008, at the historic Ryman Auditorium here in Nashville, Tennessee and should truly be a night to remember. For more info about the nominees click here and for more info about the award show click here.

Purchase Standard Songs for Average People on CD at musicfansdirect.com.

Or digitally on iTunes or Amazon mp3.

Friday, August 01, 2008

Red Pajamas Records partners with WGN Radio and Vibes Media for "Go Cubs Go" RINGTONE!!



Be the first to get your official "Go Cubs Go" RINGTONE!!! The Cubs have had an amazing season thus far and it's only about to get more exciting!! Celebrate by grabbing Steve Goodman's classic baseball anthem "Go Cubs Go" as a ringtone!!

To get the official "Go Cubs Go" ringtone, Text "Go" to 38726. Only $2.99.

Please note: Other wireless charges may apply. Text STOP to quit. The Go Cubs Go ringtone may not be compatible with all phones and carriers. If you are having difficulty downloading the ringtone, please check with your service provider to see if your phone supports this type of ringtone download.



Also, check out this great video by the WGN Radio staff and Cubs fans singing "Go Cubs Go"!!!



Wednesday, July 23, 2008

New DVD on MusicFansDirect.com!!



Today, MusicFansDirect.com added a great new DVD to the store!! Shakespeare Was A Big George Jones Fan: Cowboy Jack Clement's Home Movies is a documentary about Cowboy Jack Clement featuring insightful and personal interviews by John Prine and Oh Boy Records' Al Bunetta.

Elvis Costello said that this movie is, "One of the funniest & most touching music films that I've ever seen."

-- Shakespeare Was A Big George Jones Fan on MusicFansDirect.com --



Friday, July 18, 2008

John Prine's Fair & Square on "The 100 Best Albums On eMusic"



John Prine's Fair & Square comes in at #96 on "The 100 Best Albums On eMusic" subscriber poll!!! Click on the link below to check out the complete eMusic list!! Also, don't forget to pick up your copy of Fair & Square on VINYL!!!

-- "The 100 Best Albums On eMusic" Complete List --

-- Buy Fair & Square on VINYL on Music Fans Direct --



Thursday, July 17, 2008

John Prine Pre-Sale on NOW!!!




Pre-sale tickets for the following cities and dates are on sale now!!

10.24.08 Evansville, IN @ The Centre
10.25.08 Paducah, KY @ The Carson Center
11.14.08 Louisville, KY @  Louisville Palace
11.15.08 Bloomington, IN @ IU Auditorium
11.21.08 Savannah, GA @ Lucas Theatre
12.06.08 Wilmington, DE @ Grand Opera House

Click on the link below to grab your seats cause they're going fast!!!

-- John Prine Pre-Sale on MusicFansDirect.com --



Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Billy Bob Thornton and Kris Kristofferson Mention JP in Filter Magazine Article



While flipping through the new Filter Magazine this weekend, I came across a piece entitled "Brothers-In-Outlaw: A Conversation with Billy Bob Thornton and Kris Kristofferson" that was really, really great. In it, they talk about their careers in both music and film, their friendship with the late Johnny Cash, and of course, their mutual respect and adoration of John Prine. Below you will find a .pdf version of the article available for download. Give it a read, stay cool out there, and enjoy!

Click here to download the article!

Thursday, July 03, 2008

3hive.com Posts Live "Speed of the Sound of Loneliness" MP3



3hive.com, one of our favorite blogs, wrote about John Prine and posted the "Speed of the Sound of Loneliness" live MP3. Thanks to 3hive, and be sure to check out the post by clicking here.

Also, in case you haven't heard yet, we are giving away a free "Speed of the Sound of Loneliness" MP3. The track is posted here. Also, until July 7th, every item on musicfansdirect.com will be discounted by 15%. This is just our way of celebrating the 4th!!!

Enjoy the holiday everyone!



Tuesday, July 01, 2008

15% Discount on all Music Fans Direct Purchases/Free John Prine MP3!!



From July 1st, 2008 to July 7th, 2008, enjoy a store-wide, 15% Discount on Music Fans Direct!!! Just click on the link below!!

Also, to celebrate the 4th of July, Oh Boy Records is giving away a free mp3 of John Prine's "Speed of the Sound of Loneliness" recorded live at the Warner Theatre in Washington, DC 6/15/07

Don't forget to tell your friends about this discount and free mp3!! Have a safe and happy 4th of July!!

-- 15% Discount on Music Fans Direct --


-- Free MP3-John Prine's "Speed of the Sound of Loneliness" LIVE --



-- Join the John Prine Mailing List --




Friday, June 27, 2008

John Prine 4th of July Wallpaper!!!!


In the spirit of the holidays, we thought you all might like to join
in the festivities with a little JP 4th of July fireworks wallpaper for your computers.

The wallpapers come in 3 standard sizes (links below). After selecting a size, simply right click the picture, choose "save as" or "save image as" (for you mac users) and select a destination where you would like to save the file to. That's it! We here at Oh Boy hope that everyone has a BLAST on Independence Day... And be safe out there!!!!

800 x 600 John Prine 4th of July Wallpaper
1024 x 768 John Prine 4th of July Wallpaper
1600 x 1200 John Prine 4th of July Wallpaper



Monday, June 23, 2008

"Go Cubs Go"!!!!


Can you believe it folks? The further and further we get into this baseball season, the better and better the Cubs have played. This is turning into a season for the ages and we can't tell you how cool it is to be a part of it all. To hear Steve Goodman's "Go Cubs Go" after each home win (currently the most in baseball) won't ever get old, and hopefully, neither will the Cubs winning ways. The thought of 40,000 people singing that tune at the top of their lungs certainly has Stevie smiling from somewhere up above. We found this neat little article about the song and the Cubbies that we thought we'd share with you all. Hope you enjoy, and "Go Cubs Go"!


Despio.com Blog Archive - Go Cubs Go


Purchase the No Big Surprise Anthology featuring Go Cubs Go on Musicfansdirect.com


Purchase Go Cubs Go on iTunes


Purchase Go Cubs Go on Amazon.com mp3



Friday, May 16, 2008

John Prine speaks w/ Dan Buckley on Lightning 100



This interview contains a great story about Al Bunetta and his experience playing Saturday Night Live. He also talks about releasing an album on your own as well as advice for upcoming musicians.

- John Prine speaks w/ Dan Buckley on Lightning 100 -

Monday, May 12, 2008

Three Great Artists Performing One Great Prine Song...





We found this clip of Natalie Merchant (10,000 Maniacs), Michael Stipe (R.E.M) and Billy Bragg singing "Hello In There" that we thought you might enjoy. It is from the Big Day Festival in Glasgow, Scotland from 1990, as evidenced by the wonderful late 80's/early 90's style on display. Click on the link below to go directly to its youtube.com page and enjoy!

Click here to see the video.

Special thanks to the blog SeeLight for the heads up on this. Check out their blog by clicking here.

Purchase "Hello in There" on iTunes


Purchase "Hello In There" on Amazon MP3



Friday, May 02, 2008

City Paper reviews Facing The Music by Clay Eals



There's a great review of Clay Eals book on the life of Steve Goodman entitled Facing The Music in today's City Paper. Check it out by clicking the link below!!


City Paper review of Facing The Music




Thursday, April 24, 2008

Steve's Mother Throws Out First Pitch!!!



On Tuesday, Steve Goodman's mother, Minette, threw out the first pitch at the Cubs vs. Mets game at Wrigley Field. The Cubs won the game in fine fashion 8-1 so the family got to see all 30,000 plus Cubbies singing Steve's "Go Cubs Go" in unison. Must have been quite a treat. And just in case you were wondering, the pitch was good, but a little High and Outside...

"Go Cubs Go" on iTunes

"Go Cubs Go" on Amazon MP3

Steve Goodman - High and Outside on Music Fans Direct



Thursday, April 10, 2008

John Prine "Live From Austin City Limits" to Re-Air This Weekend!!!!



John Prine's most recent Austin City Limits concert from 2005 with Amos Lee is scheduled to re-air this Saturday, April 12th on your local PBS station. For all interested, please check your local listings for exact times since the schedule can vary by station. It's a good one so, enjoy!



Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Steve Goodman featured on NPR Music / "The Best Song In The World Today"



There's a great piece today about Steve Goodman's "A Dying Cubs Fans' Last Request" on the NPR Music site. Click here to read the full story.

To purchase the songs mentioned in the story, follow the links below:

Steve Goodman - A Dying Cubs Fans' Last Request on iTunes


Steve Goodman - Go Cubs Go on iTunes

Steve Goodman - The City of New Orleans on iTunes

Friday, March 28, 2008

Great John Prine article in the Green Bay Press-Gazette



With Mr. Prine making his way to Green Bay, WI this weekend, we thought it would be nice to share a little press with you from the local Green Bay paper. If you're in town or on your way in to town, make sure that you get to the Weidner Center for the show tonight. Click here to read the article and we'll see you at the show!



Monday, March 17, 2008

Nice John Prine article is the Sheboygan Press

With John set to play two dates in Wisconsin at the end of this month ( 03.28 in Green Bay and 03.29 in Sheboygan) the Sheboygan Press ran a wonderful story this past weekend about the man, his music, his roots, and his legacy. Check it out by clicking here and make sure that if you are in the area, you are at one of those shows. See you there!



Monday, March 10, 2008

Introducing Dan Reeder

For those of you not familiar with Dan Reeder, here's your chance to check out what everyone is talking about!


Thursday, February 21, 2008

Review of Larger Than Life DVD in March/April Issue of American Songwriter



Check it out on newsstands now!! To grab your copy of the DVD featuring performance by Arlo Guthrie, Todd Snider, Emmylou Harris, Lyle Lovett, John Prine, Jackson Browne and Iris Dement click on the link below:

Various Artists - Larger Than Life: A Celebration of Steve Goodman and His Music

Monday, February 11, 2008

Show Review: John Prine at the Chicago Theatre 02.08.08

Click here for a nice review of John's "hometown" performance from last Friday by our good buddy at the Chicago Tribune, Greg Kot. Enjoy, and have a great week!



Monday, February 04, 2008

Pre-Sale Sold Out for The State Theatre, Minneapolis, MN

John Prine - Live @ The State Theatre, Minneapolis, MN - 04/12/08 pre-sale tickets have sold out!! Information regarding the general on-sale date will be posted here shortly. Thanks!!





Thursday, January 24, 2008

John Prine To Play New Orleans Jazzfest!!!

That's right folks, John will be playing at the historic New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival on Friday, May 2nd. For more information on the festival including a full lineup of all of the performers and dates click here.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

John Prine/Hatch Show Print Posters Are Back!!!

Because of the overwhelming response we had to the first run of the John Prine "detailed silhouette" Hatch Show Print original posters, we had another batch handmade by our friends at Hatch Show. They are now available in the "Posters and Artwork" section of the www.musicfansdirect.com store, or can be purchased directly by clicking here. Enjoy!

Friday, January 18, 2008

Green Bay Pre-Sale Sold Out!!!

The pre-sale tickets for the Green Bay show are now sold out. Tickets still remain for the following dates:

03.29.08 - Sheboygan, WI
04.25.08 - Concord, NH
04.26.08 - Burlington, VT
05.16.08 - Montgomery, AL
05.17.08 - Atlanta, GA

Click here to get yours now!

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Vermont and New Hampshire Pre-Sale Tickets On-Sale Today!

Click on the link below at noon CST to get your John Prine pre-sale tickets for the 04.25.08 New Hampshire show and the 04.26.08 Vermont show. Also, a few pre-sale tickets still remain for the following shows:

03.28.08 - Green Bay, WI
03.29.08 - Sheboygan, WI
05.16.08 - Montgomery, AL
05.17.08 - Atlanta, GA

Click here and get your John Prine pre-sale tickets today.!!!

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Monday, January 07, 2008

Pre-Sale Sold Out for Atlanta!!

Pre-sale tickets for John Prine's show @ the Cobb Energy Centre in Atlanta, GA on May 17, 2008 are sold out. Please continue to check Music Fans Direct as additional tickets may be released.