The Bard Distillery in Graham, Muhlenberg County (Start humming John Prine song here), Kentucky has collaborated with Oh Boy Records and The Hello In There Foundation to release a special Limited Edition Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey to honor the legendary singer/songwriter John Prine on what would have been his 76th birthday on October 10th. Songwriter extraordinaire John Prine passed away of complications from Covid in April 2020.
‘You Got Gold’ Proceeds to Benefit the ‘Hello in There Foundation’
This 6,000 bottle limited release of Muhlenberg Bourbon is available now at the distillery, its website and at retail locations in Nashville, Tennessee where Prine often performed. John Prine Muhlenberg Bourbon is bottled at 101 proof (50.5% ABV) and has a suggested retail price of $76 (he would have been 76 this year).
Prine’s birthday was celebrated this week with multiple performances around Nashville including shows at The Ryman Auditorium, City Winery, Basement East, and the Country Music Hall of Fame. Shows included some of the world’s greatest musical artists, like Bonnie Raitt, Brandi Carlile, Bob Weir and Ramblin’ Jack Elliot, The War and Treaty, Kasey Musgrove, Dwight Yoakum and many more all of whom had a special connection to Prine.
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The Hello in There Foundation was established in 2021 by the family after John’s death, the work of the foundation is inspired and guided by John’s simple song title, Hello In There. The foundation mobilizes John’s intensely devoted community of supporters in order to raise resources through tax-deductible donations, event revenue, and sponsorships. In turn, the foundation, often with matching funds from the Prine Family and Oh Boy Records, gives grants to nonprofit organizations that align with John’s ethos, with a particular priority for supporting community nonprofits dedicated to caring for those who are marginalized, discriminated against or, for any reason, are otherwise forgotten.
Oh Boy Records is an independent record label located in Nashville, Tennessee founded in 1981 by multiple Grammy Award winner, singer-songwriter, John Prine, and his manager and business partner, Al Bunetta. The label is run by the Prine family, and is the second oldest artist-run independent label in the U.S. The label continues to expand its catalog with a dedication to authentic voices, giving songwriters a platform to create art while speaking their truth.
The Bard Distillery was founded in 2019, the distillery is set in the bones of a beautiful 1920’s school site, where it watches over the historic coal-mining town of Graham, in Muhlenberg County, Kentucky. Co-Founder Thomas Bard is the 4th-Great Grandson of William Bard, one of two brothers who founded Bardstown, Kentucky, “The Bourbon Capital of the World”. Thomas’ wife & co-founder Kim Bard is a former NASCAR driver, and now races Monster Trucks in Australia when time allows.
Video Highlights from some of the ‘You Got Gold’ Celebration
Here are a few performances from Nashville in celebration of the life and songs of John Prine.
And here is a bonus track of words and songs of John Prine. Enjoy!