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Accordion Noir radio playlist 2020-04-08: Losing Our Roots (for John Prine)

April 8, 2020
AccNoir 2020-04-08
You find a better Prine-related image including an accordion, I dare you.

Last week’s episode of Accordion Noir featured some music by the ailing songwriter John Prine, and last night we got the bad news that his condition had resolved. While this provides an excellent excuse to revisit his vast catalogue of essential songs, we’d really rather not have the excuse. You can listen to this week’s episode online courtesy of the Internet Archive, a few hours prior to its broadcast on CFRO 100.5 fm, but first… here’s a message from the Prine family, via Accordion Noir radio host (and squeezebox scholar!) Bruce Triggs:

Fiona Prine sent this message:

My dearest wish is that people of all ages take this virus seriously and follow guidelines set by the CDC. We send our condolences and love to the thousands of other American families who are grieving the loss of loved ones at this time – and to so many other families across the world.

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the outpouring of love we have received from family, friends, and fans all over the world. John will be so missed but he will continue to comfort us with his words and music and the gifts of kindness, humor and love he left for all of us to share.

In lieu of flowers or gifts at this time we would ask that a donation be made to one of the following non profits:

And as we fight like hell for the living:

Watch Geoff Berner’s Live-stream Fundraiser
this Saturday, April 11 at 7:30 Vancouver Time

Donate to: Covid-19 Coming Together (Vancouver)


  • John Prine – Hello In There – Souvenirs (2000) – Maywood, Illinois / Nashville, Tennesee, USA – Phil Parlapiano, acc.
  • John Prine – The Sins Of Memphisto – Great Days Anthology Disc 2 – Maywood, Illinois / Nashville, Tennesee, USA –
  • Sarah Blackwood – Bad Job Jesus – Way Back Home (2008) – Toronto, Ontario, Canada – We got this song off Myspace! But find her at:
  • Headwater – Picture Show – Lay You Down (2008) – Vancouver, BC, Canada –
  • Geoff Berner – Rule Of The Road (With Apologies To Country Dick Montana) – Canadiana Grotesquica (2017) – Vancouver, BC, Canada –
  • Transatlantic Zodiac Ensemble – Eternal Queen – It’s A Mean Season For Silver Linings (2010) – Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada –
  • Heather Styka – Lucy And Sarah – Lifeboats For Atlantis (2011) – Chicago, Illinois, USA – Rob Clearfield, acc.
  • Shelley O’Brien – I’ve Been Wrong Before – You, Me and the BIrds (2008) – Vancouver – Toronto – Yukon Territory, Canada –
  • Allen Des Noyers – Farwell To Erin – Sunset Theatre (1994) – BC, Canada – He seems to be internet-invisible. Might be hiding up in Wells, BC? Dave de Coup Crank, acc. “Poem by the very late Mr. Barney”
  • The Jayhawks – Will I See You In Heaven – Rainy Day Music (2003) – Minneapolis–Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA – Richard Causon, acc.
  • Del Barber – Ronnie and Rose – Easy Keeper (2019) – Manitoba, Canada –
  • Maria Dunn – Signal Hill – The Peddler (2008) – Alberta, Canada –
  • Matthew Barber & Jill Barber – Song To A Young Seagull – The Family Album (2016) – Nova Scotia, Canada – Robbie Grunwald, acc.
  • Sharon Shannon and John Prine – Love Love Love – The Diamond Mountain Sessions (2001) – County Clare, Ireland – Homepage:
  • John Prine – Sabu Visits The Twin Cities Alone – Great Days Anthology Disc 2 – Maywood, Illinois / Nashville, Tennesee, USA –
    [This last song cut off in the broadcast, but I included it all here]

Thanks for reading us here (and hopefully listening to us, there), but if you find you want more, you can always keep up with us on Twitter (@AccordionNoir and @AccordionBruce), Instagram (@AccordionNoirFest), and Facebook at Accordion Noir fansthe Accordion Noir Festival, and the Vancouver Squeezebox Circle (off this month! And, let’s be fair, quite probably the next few months.) Cheers & squeeze on!

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