Among the musicians who played on the song are Atlanta's Tammy Hurt (Vice Chair of the Recording Academy), Brandon Bush and John Driskell Hopkins (of the Zac Brown Band). Other Atlanta connections come with Recording Academy board member Melissa Love and Juliett Rowe, co-executive director of the National Association of Record Industry Professionals, who aided in licensing and project coordination.
“John Prine was one of the most influential songwriters of his generation and we joined the world in mourning when we learned of his passing last month,” Hurt said. “John was a much-beloved country and folk singer/songwriter, with a very giving spirit. This project is a tribute to honor that spirit and, in turn, raise awareness for the work that MusiCares is doing to support music creators around the country affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The need is still so great and these times remain critical for music people."
Others in the Recording Academy who participated on the track include Christine Albert, Helen Bruner, Tracy Hamlin, Eric Jarvis, Terry Jones, Lee Levin, Susan Marshall, Jeff Powell, and Michael Romanowsk.
The MusiCares relief fund has raised nearly $15 million to assist those who have been affected by the shutdown of the music industry due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Melissa Ruggieri has covered music and entertainment for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution since 2010 and created the Atlanta Music Scene blog. She's kept vampire hours for more than two decades and remembers when MTV was awesome.