Fiona Whelan Prine, president of Oh Boy Records and wife of the late songwriting legend John Prine, has been appointed to join the National Arts Council by President Biden. The news was announced via a White House press release released earlier today (June 23).
“Fiona Whelan Prine brings a broad perspective to the American roots music community,” the press release reads. He names her as “one of Nashville’s most distinguished and dedicated philanthropists,” citing her countless hours volunteering on behalf of Thistle Farms, the Hello in There Foundation (of which she is the founder and president), the fundraisers she organized. , and more.
Revered ukulele player Jake Shimabukuro was also on the list of nominees announced today for the National Arts Council.
John Prine died of complications from COVID-19 last year. He was 73 years old. Revisit Pitchfork’s Afterword feature film “Remembering John Prine, Songwriter’s Ultimate Songwriter.”