The second installment of Oh Boy Records’ new documentary series, “Big Old Goofy World: The Story of Oh Boy Records,” is debuting today—watch/share HERE.
Directed by Joshua Britt and Neilson Hubbard, the three-part series explores the history of Oh Boy—which stands as the country’s second oldest artist-owned independent label and the oldest in Nashville—and commemorates its landmark 40th anniversary this year. Founded in 1981 by John Prine and his longtime manager Al Bunetta, the label continues to be a vital part of Nashville’s independent music community with a roster that includes Tré Burt, Kelsey Waldon, Dan Reeder, Arlo McKinley and Emily Scott Robinson. Burt was recently joined by Waldon on his new song, “Dixie Red” —a tribute honoring Prine (watch/share HERE).
Further celebrating John’s legendary career and life, Oh Boy and The Prine Family will host “You Got Gold: Celebrating the Life & Songs of John Prine” October 3-10—a series of special concerts and events across various venues in Nashville. The weeklong celebration will include sold-out tribute concerts at The Ryman Auditorium (October 6 & 7), CMA Theater at The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum (October 8) and the Basement East (October 9) and will culminate on October 10—what would have been John’s 75th birthday. Each of these shows will include a unique surprise line-up of friends performing and celebrating the singer, songwriter and performer’s inimitable life and songs.
All proceeds from the week will benefit the newly created 501c3, The Hello In There Foundation, which The Prine Family founded to honor John’s memory. The work of the foundation will be inspired and guided by John’s simple song title, “Hello In There” and will aim to identify and collaborate with individuals and communities where people are marginalized, discriminated against or, for any reason, are otherwise forgotten. The foundation is pleased to share this year’s grant recipients are Nashville based non-profits Room In The Inn and Thistle Farms.