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John Prine

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John Prine (born October 10, 1946 in Maywood, Illinois) is an / who has achieved widespread critical (and some commercial) success since the early 1970s.

The son of William Prine and Verna Hamm, his grandfather had played guitar with Merle Travis and he started playing guitar himself at 14 years old. He was a postman for 5 years and spent a couple of years in the army before starting his musical career in the Chicago area. He emerged in 1971 with a highly acclaimed debut album titled John Prine. He and friend Steve Goodman (another folk ) had been minor stars in the Chicago folk scene before being “discovered” by Kris Kristofferson. The album John Prine included his signature songs “Illegal Smile”, “Sam Stone”, and the environmentalist newgrass standard “Paradise”. The album also included “Hello In There”, a song about aging that was later covered by Joan Baez, Bette Midler, and Eddi Reader, and “Angel From Montgomery”, a song now also associated with Bonnie Raitt, who occasionally brings Prine on-stage with her for live performances of the song. The album received many positive reviews, and some hailed Prine as “the next Dylan”. Bob Dylan himself appeared unannounced at one of Prine’s first New York City club appearances, anonymously backing him on harmonica.

Later albums include Sweet Revenge (1973, containing such Prine fan favorites as “Dear Abby”, “Grandpa was a Carpenter”, and “Christmas In Prison”), and Common Sense (1975, with “Come Back to Us Barbara Lewis Hare Krishna Beauregard”).

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  • d1lll1nger

    Great!

    14 Mar 7:47pm Reply
  • caver8

    Heard him for the first time 40 years ago in '74.....saw him at the Bayou (in DC down in Foggy Bottom) In '78.... what a great show. Felt like he just happened by a group of his closest friends and decided to play for a while....as if we all belonged there. Never felt that before.....or since. Oh, and Steve Goodman also showed up.....just happened to be in town so he played too. No wonder all the real music people love this guy. I still remember that Illegal Smile I was wearing when I heard him sing it in '74.

    4 Jan 9:04am Reply
  • HerbertBStain

    Been a prine fan since I was a kid. Thanks to my father. Love em more than anything.

    2 Jun 2013 Reply
  • songfactslastfm

    "I've always admired John Prine, he was a great guy in the studio." - Chris Knight discusses collaborating with John Prine: http://www.songfacts.com/blog/interviews/chris_knight/

    8 Mar 2013 Reply
  • mr_music007

    i really been getting into his music

    27 Feb 2013 Reply
  • reagan0

    One of Dylan's favorite artists. I'll have to throw my hat in with Bob on this.

    21 Jul 2012 Reply
  • mynameisjoehann

    One of the best Folk artists ever

    20 Apr 2012 Reply
  • tuffentiny

    <3

    30 Mar 2012 Reply
  • smiddy012

    This guys still got it, saw him live... the instrumentals are much better than the stuff I've heard that's recorded. Much better than I thought it was going to be.

    10 Mar 2012 Reply
  • foreverapanda

    I will always love John Prince. <3

    2 Mar 2012 Reply
  • slaterbaiter

    king of the crooners.

    12 Nov 2011 Reply
  • donyo

    one of the greatest artists to ever live, just saw him at hardly strictly, can definitely die a happy man now

    4 Nov 2011 Reply
  • GreatBarcia

    this car's gonna fall into the bottomless lake

    9 Oct 2011 Reply
  • tzadick1

    One of my top 3 artists of all time. Elton John, John Prine, Jerry Jeff Walker.

    22 Sep 2011 Reply
  • Druid66

    Underrated C&W crooner of depth.

    18 Sep 2011 Reply
  • Drazba

    well worth seeing live-saw him about 95 at the ryman-totally kick ass show-as a bonus iris dement was with him-great stories and a total hoot-thanks for the photos

    10 Jul 2011 Reply
  • Irienow3

    New John Prine photos just released from last Bonnaroo Music Festival - http://www.performanceimpressions.com/John_Prine_Bonnaroo/index.html

    5 Jun 2011 Reply
  • GreatBarcia

    fucking amazing

    21 May 2011 Reply
  • benadlard

    Terrific!

    19 May 2011 Reply
  • TheGnome123

    awesome show in northhampton mass!

    4 May 2011 Reply
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