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Train and Emmylou Harris for John Denver tribute album

Story by Jack Foley

TRAIN, My Morning Jacket and Emmylou Harris are among the artists confirmed for a John Denver tribute album.

The album, The Music Is You: A Tribute To John Denver, is designed to be a fitting celebration of his life and music 40 years after the release of Rocky Mountain High and 15 years after his tragic untimely death in October 1997.

Featuring some of Denver’s best-known hits lovingly recreated for a new generation, tracks include the haunting Sunshine On My Shoulders by Train, Take Me Home Country Roads, affectionately recreated by Brandi Carlile and Emmylou Harris, and Leaving On A Jet Plane by My Morning Jacket.

With Dave Matthews, Amos Lee, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Lucinda Williams, Josh Ritter and Barnstar!, Old Crow Medicine Show, Kathleen Edwards (produced by Jim James), Brett Dennen and Milow, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Allen Stone, Blind Pilot, J Mascis, and Sharon Van Etten and Evan Dando all contributing to bring John Denver’s timeless song writing into the 21st century, The Music Is You: A Tribute To John Denver promises to offer something unique and special.

John Denver, the two-time Grammy Award-winning singer songwriter (and five-time Grammy Awards host) and the Poet Laureate of Colorado, released 23 studio albums in his lifetime.

Bill Danoff, Denver’s friend and collaborator, said: “As a songwriter, he wrote from the heart, frequently returning to the feelings that guided him, including love, the idea of home and family, hope, life on the road (loneliness), the outdoors and the beauty of nature, and a deep, broad appreciation of life’s difficulties and frustrations.”

A portion of the proceeds will be donated to The Wilderness Society in John’s name.


  1. Leaving on a Jet Plane – My Morning Jacket
  2. Take Me To Tomorrow – Dave Matthews
  3. All of My Memories – Kathleen Edwards
  4. Prisoners – J Mascis and Sharon Van Etten
  5. Sunshine On My Shoulders – Train
  6. Back Home Again – Old Crow Medicine Show
  7. This Old Guitar – Lucinda Williams
  8. Some Days are Diamonds – Amos Lee
  9. Rocky Mountain High – Allen Stone
  10. Annie’s Song – Brett Dennen and Milow
  11. Looking For Space – Evan Dando
  12. Take Me Home, Country Roads – Brandi Carlile and Emmylou Harris
  13. The Eagle and The Hawk – Blind Pilot
  14. I Guess He’d Rather Be In Colorado – Mary Chapin Carpenter
  15. Darcy Farrow – Josh Ritter and Barnstar!
  16. Wooden Indian – Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros