Jason Isbell delivers an acoustic rendition of John Prine’s “Hello in There” for the latest installment in the Alzheimer’s Association’s Music Moments compilation, a project that finds artists tackling songs they appreciate on an emotional level.
“I think ‘Hello in There’ is pretty perfect, as far as songs go,” Isbell said in a behind-the-scenes video. “John Prine’s one of my favorite songwriters in the world. John wrote it when he was in his early 20s, which to me is unthinkable, because the song has so much wisdom.”
Isbell, who reveals that he knows people battling Alzheimer’s, added, “I think that’s the beauty of the song, more than anything else. It motivates the listener to be a better human. Ultimately, that’s all we can ask of each other.”
The Music Moments compilation previously shared Sting covering Otis Redding’s “(Sittin’ on) The Dock of the Bay,” and also includes include Nile Rodgers (covering the Beatles’ “Hey Jude”), Sharon Van Etten, Band of Horses, Joan Jett, Lee Ann Womack, Anthony Hamilton, Brett Eldredge and the Head and the Heart.
Isbell and his 400 Unit also recently released their new song “What’ve I Done to Help,” a track off the band’s upcoming album Reunions, out May 15th. Earlier this week, Isbell performed a largely acoustic set in support of the To Nashville With Love benefit show to provide aid following the devastating tornado that swept through the region.