"I like music and cars that go real fast, but I have three children, and I feel like I just had a fourth," says Simpson of the gift from Prine's estate.

By Perri Ormont Blumberg
November 12, 2020
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Up Close and Personal: John Prine & Sturgill Simpson
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The world lost a country legend this spring when John Prine died from complications related to the coronavirus. For many of us, the incredible musician lives on in the power of his moving music, packed with immeasurably poetic lyrics, deep emotion, and words of lasting impact. For fellow country music artist, Sturgill Simpson, his mentor and friend is often living on in his driveway—in the form of a Porsche.

Simpson first met Prine while recording an album at The Butcher Shoppe, a studio which Prine co-owned, as Simpson recently explained in an interview on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. One day while mixing the record A Sailor's Guide to Earth, Simpson was amazed to encounter the legend in the flesh: "I took a break, hit the space bar, and when I turned around, John was sitting in a chair in these plaid pants, just kinda lookin'. I had no idea how long he'd been sitting there," recalls Simpson. "I kinda freaked out, I mean you're face to face with your hero. And he's like 'that's pretty good' and he said 'you wanna go get some meatloaf?' and we went and had lunch and that just became every time I'd come up to town we'd go grab lunch. I'd pick him up, I have a little tuned-out race car...he's kind of a car guy."

Reflecting on their bond, Simpson adds, "Along with myself and many others, he was a mentor, and very giving with his time and wisdom, and we were all grateful to get to know him."

Then, Colbert inquires regarding a very special gift Simpson received from Prine's estate: "I just recently became the owner of his 2008 Porsche 911 Turbo," shares Simpson. "He's a total car guy. He had a bunch of old Cadillacs, that 911 was his bucket list dream car, it's only got about 20,000 miles on it." When asked if he's giving it a workout, Simpson replies, "I like music and cars that go real fast, but I have three children, and I feel like I just had a fourth with the responsibility that comes with this thing... It's bittersweet, but it will be something I treasure the rest of my life."

Watch the full interview below.

To see Simpson performing the song "Breakers Roar," off of his new album, Cuttin' Grass - Vol. 1 (Butcher Shoppe Sessions), check out the YouTube video here.

WATCH: Watch Eric Church Perform John Prine's "Long Monday" in the Late Songwriter's Honor

We hope Simpson and his fourth-born, ahem, Porsche, have many good memories together. As he cruises along the road, we know it will give Simpson a space to reminisce on his precious time spent with one of America's most cherished songwriters.