This past weekend brought with it the concerning news that country/folk legend John Prine is currently in critical condition after being hospitalized last Thursday after showing signs of COVID-19 — which his wife, Fiona Whelan Prine, had tested positive for earlier in the month. On Sunday, fellow folk icon Joan Baez released a video dedicated to John and Fiona Prine, a gentle, acoustic rendition of her song “Hello In There”:
“Hello in There” is a song from Baez’s 1975 album Diamonds & Rust, and, as Joan Baez explains in the video, has been “one of the most-requested songs in my repertoire for over 40 years so let me sing it to you, along with my best wishes and prayers.'” (h/t Brooklyn Vegan)
Prine, 73, exhibited signs of potential coronavirus infection last week, and was hospitalized as a precaution — and the Prine family updated his status over the weekend:
After a sudden onset of COVID-19 symptoms, John was hospitalized on Thursday (3/26). He was intubated Saturday evening, and continues to receive care, but his situation is critical.
This is hard news for us to share. But so many of you have loved and supported John over the years, we wanted to let you know, and give you the chance to send on more of that love and support now. And know that we love you, and John loves you.
Continued best wishes to John Prine, wife Fiona Whelan Prine and anybody currently dealing with the harsh realities presented by the coronavirus pandemic.