There’s been an outpouring of grief for John Prine since news broke that the legendary songwriter died from complications related to coronavirus on Tuesday night. Dixie Chicks frontwoman Natalie Maines took to Instagram to pay tribute to him, covering “Angel From Montgomery.”
Maines sang the classic joined by her two sons, Jackson and Beckett. “My kids got introduced to John Prine tonight,” she wrote, “and helped me do a tribute.”
“I am an old woman named after my mother,” she sings in the opening lines, her signature twang as present as ever. “My old man is another child that’s grown old.” Jack sits on her right, strumming an acoustic, while Beckett hovers above them fingerpicking his own guitar.
Prine wrote “Angel From Montgomery” in 1971, but it wasn’t until Bonnie Raitt included a cover of the song on 1974’s Streetlights that it was brought into wider recognition. The duo have performed it many times over the years, recently at Austin City Limits’ Americana special in 2019.
The Dixie Chicks recently returned with “Gaslighter,” a scorching track about divorce that marks their first new single since 2006. The song is the title track to their upcoming album, set for release in 2020 and produced by Jack Antonoff.