John Prine’s had a consistent amount of recorded output over his four-decade long career. But he had to get a start somewhere, and his new album, The Singing Mailman Delivers, celebrates that beginning. The album gets its title from Prine’s pre-music job as a mailman, where he would brainstorm ideas for songs.
“I always likened the mail route to a library with no books,” Prine said in a press release for The Singing Mailman Delivers. “I passed the time each day making up these little ditties.”
The album will be released on Prine’s Oh Boy on Oct. 25. It’s a two-disc set filled with archived footage that dates back to 1970, which features Prine’s earliest recordings, including with a radio session Prine did after an interview with Chicago’s WFMT.
“I asked after the show if it were possible to stick around and tape all the songs I had written up until then,” Prine said about the post-interview session.
You can take a listen to Prine’s The Singing Mailman Delivers below. Purchase a copy via his official online store MusicFansDirect.com.