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Conversation and Performance: The Past, Present, and Future of Oh Boy Records with Fiona Whelan Prine, Jody Whelan, Emily Scott Robinson, and R. B. Morris


1:00-2:15 pm

1 Hr 15 Min

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John Prine, his manager and business partner Al Bunetta, and their associate Dan Einstein founded Oh Boy Records in 1981. Now the second-oldest artist-run independent record label in the United States, Oh Boy has released recordings by Prine, Todd Snider, Kelsey Waldon, and other artists signed to the label, as well as compilations of classic country songs by Roy Acuff, Lorrie Morgan, Conway Twitty, and others.

During this program, Oh Boy Records President Fiona Whelan Prine, John Prine’s wife; Oh Boy Records Director of Operations Jody Whelan, John Prine’s oldest son; Oh Boy Records artist Emily Scott Robinson; and former Oh Boy Records artist RB Morris will discuss the record label’s history, current projects, and future goals.

Emily Scott Robinson was thirteen years old when a camp counselor inspired her to learn to play guitar, but she didn’t start writing songs until several years later, after seeing Nanci Griffith in concert. She released her debut album, Magnolia Queen, in 2016, and her most recent album, 2021’s American Siren, is her first on Oh Boy Records.

R. B. Morris is a songwriter, poet, and playwright who released his debut album, Take That Ride, with Oh Boy Records in 1997. The Knoxville, Tennessee, native was named the city’s first poet laureate in 2016, and he also previously served as the University of Tennessee’s writer-in-residence.

The Museum’s Angela Stefano Zimmer will host this program. Presented in support of You Got Gold: Celebrating the Life & Songs of John Prine. Ford Theater. Included with Museum admission. Program ticket required. Free to Museum members. Members reserve tickets here. Non-members must purchase Museum admission here.

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