Published Apr 01, 2010As a children's author, cartoonist, screenwriter and songwriter, Shel Silverstein was a truly one-of-a-kind artist. Along with classic books like The Giving Tree and A Light in the Attic, Silverstein left behind a vast catalogue of unique songs written for artists like Johnny Cash, Emmylou Harris, Marianne Faithful and Dr. Hook, among many others. His musical career left behind the perfect songbook for other artists to cover, which is exactly what will happen when Silverstein receives his own tribute album this summer.
Titled Twistable Turnable Man: A Musical Tribute to the Songs of Shel Silverstein, the 15-song compilation will see a variety of artists take on some of Silverstein's best work. Among the contributors are My Morning Jacket, Andrew Bird, John Prine, Dr. Dog, Kris Kristofferson, Black Francis and Lucinda Williams, among others.
Twistable Turnable Man will be released by Sugarhill Records on June 8. For now, partial streams of every track can be heard here.
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Twistable Turnable Man: A Musical Tribute to the Songs of Shel Silverstein:
1. My Morning Jacket "Lullabys, Legends and Lies"
2. Andrew Bird "The Twistable, Turnable Man Returns"
3. John Prine "This Guitar Is For Sale"
4. Dr. Dog "The Unicorn"
5. Kris Kristofferson "The Winner"
6. Sarah Jarosz with Black Prairie "Queen Of The Silver Dollar"
7. Bobby Bare, Jr. with Isabella Bare "Daddy What If"
8. Black Francis with Joey Santiago "The Cover Of The Rolling Stone"
9. The Boxmasters "Sylvia's Mother"
10. Ray Price "Me And Jimmy Rodgers"
11. Todd Snider "A Boy Named Sue"
12. Lucinda Williams "The Ballad Of Lucy Jordan"
13. Bobby Bare, Sr. "The Living Legend"
14. Nanci Griffith "The Giving Tree"
15. My Morning Jacket "26 Second Song"