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Hear Bright Eyes Cover John Prine’s Holiday Classic ‘Christmas in Prison’

Proceeds from the single will benefit Prine’s charity The Hello In There Foundation

Bright Eyes have released a cover of John Prine‘s 1973 song “Christmas in Prison.” The song features a sample from “A John Prine Christmas,” off 1993’s A John Prine Christmas EP. Listen here.

Proceeds from the single will go to Prine’s charity, The Hello In There Foundation, an initiative established by his family to honor his memory. It aims to “offer support for people who are marginalized, discriminated against or, for any reason, are otherwise forgotten.” The single will benefit four beneficiaries of The Hello In There Foundation’s 2023 grantees: Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition, Porters Call, National Coalition for Homeless Veterans, and Renewal House.

Bright Eyes — Conor Oberst, Mike Mogis, and Nate Walcott — have been long-time fans of Prine and his music.

“It is strange to get a chance to share a track with a hero of mine who has passed on,” Oberst said in a statement. “Normally not something I would do. I don’t like holograms. But I have so much love and affection for John as a person and his music. He really changed my life on a lot of levels. When I heard the sample of him talking about Christmas just put such a big smile on my face and I couldn’t help but want to share it with other people. A little Christmas gift to a stranger. It’s all about John and his beautiful song. But I am happy to sing in the choir.”


He added, “Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to everyone all around the world. I wish love and light this season to you and yours.”

Fans can also purchase a bespoke Prine x Oberst holiday ornament. Proceeds will also go to The Hello In There Foundation and each comes with a digital download of the track. All digital purchases will come with a festive Christmas card for fans to send to their friends and family. Order here.

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