He may be remembered for his children’s books nowadays more than for his songwriting, but a group of at least 15 of today’s musical artists has come together to ensure that we acknowledge Shel Silverstein‘s notable songwriting résumé. As reported by TwentyFourBit, a tribute album called Twistable, Turnable Man: A Musical Tribute to the Songs of Shel Silverstein will hit shelves June 8th via Sugar Hill Records.
Contributing Silverstein covers for the collection are My Morning Jacket (which opens and closes the album), Andrew Bird, Dr. Dog, Kris Kristofferson, John Prine, and Lucinda Williams. As if that wasn’t cool enough already, also included is a version of “The Cover of the Rolling Stone” by Pixies members Black Francis and Joey Santiago, as well as a track by The Boxmasters, Billy Bob Thornton’s band.
Let’s double back for a second here — this tribute album has inspired what is basically a new Pixies recording. Can we just reflect on this fact?
Bobby Bare and Bobby Bare Jr., who have both scored hits with songs written by Silverstein, have produced the tribute. Preview the album here and see the full track list below.
Twistable, Turnable Man: A Musical Tribute to the Songs of Shel Silverstein Tracklist:
01. Lullabys, Legends and Lies – My Morning Jacket
02. The Twistable, Turnable Man Returns – Andrew Bird
03. This Guitar is for Sale – John Prine
04. The Unicorn – Dr. Dog
05. The Winner – Kris Kristofferson
06. Queen of the Silver Dollar – Sarah Jarosz w/ Black Prairie
07. Daddy What if – Bobby Bare, Jr. w/ Isabella Bare
08. The Cover of the Rolling Stone – Black Francis w/ Joey Santiago
09. Sylvia’s Mother – The Boxmasters
10. Me and Jimmy Rodgers – Ray Price
11. A Boy Named Sue – Todd Snider
12. The Ballad of Lucy Jordan – Lucinda Williams
13. The Living Legend – Bobby Bare, Sr.
14. The Giving Tree – Nanci Griffith
15. 26 Second Song – My Morning Jacket