by Alison Bonaguro
In case you missed it, Miranda Lambert performed recently at the Country Music Hall of Fame’s Big Night (At the Museum) virtual fundraiser. Country fans who tuned in donated more than $743,000 to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s Coronavirus Relief Fund, and those donations will help sustain the museum and its mission during these unprecedented times.
But back to Lambert. She shared a TikTok video of her performance of the late Prine’s “That’s The Way The World Goes Round,” and she added a caption saying that she was actually playing Prine’s guitar. It was one that was custom-made for Prine by luthier David Russell Young.
“One minute you’re up and the next you’re down… #johnprine #classiccountry #countrycover,” Lambert wrote on her TikTok post.
The song is off Prine’s Bruised Orange album released in 1978, and he had described the song as one he was inspired to write after seeing cynicism in people, even himself. “I wanted to find a way to get back to a better world, more childlike,” he’d said. “I immediately went back and started writing from a child’s perspective.”
Other standout performances from the virtual show were:
Reba McEntire singing an a cappella cover of Patsy Cline’s “Sweet Dreams”
Tim McGraw singing Keith Whitley’s “Don’t Close Your Eyes”
Brad Paisley covering Buck Owens’ “Buckaroo”
Kane Brown singing Randy Travis’ “Three Wooden Crosses”
Alison makes her living loving country music. She’s based in Chicago, but she’s always leaving her heart in Nashville.