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In the News (Mon 21 Jan 19)

  John Prine
Prine's most gratifying quirk as a songwriter: he takes a journeyman's pride in unifying metaphor and metrical precision, even as he indulges a boneheaded genius for scrambled syntax and loopy non sequiturs.
Prine cut his debut album, John Prine," in 1971, this one-time Chicago mailman got lumped into that most unenviable of then-current categories: he was acclaimed a "new Dylan." Back then, anyone who strummed a guitar, puffed on a harmonica and wrote his own songs had to endure comparisons to Bob Dylan.
Prine had the admiration of peers who recognized his originality: Bonnie Raitt's version of his "Angel From Montgomery" became a beloved staple of her own stage act, and Bette Midler recorded an eerie interpretation of "Hello In There," his unsentimental sketch of old age.
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  John Prine - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
John Prine (born October 10, 1946 in Maywood, Illinois) is an American country/folk singer/songwriter who has achieved widespread critical (and some commercial) success since the early 1970s.
In early 1998 Prine was diagnosed with throat cancer, but survived after an operation to remove the tumor [1]and this has added gravel to his voice.
At the September 9th ceremony, Prine was honored with the Artist of the Year award, which was accepted in his name by awards host and long-time friend Billy Bob Thornton.
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 John Prine
Singer-songwriter John Prine is an icon in the world of music, known and beloved by his fellow artists and acclaimed as the best of the best by knowledgeable listeners the world over.
Prine was born October 10, 1946, in Maywood, Ill., to William Mason Prine and Verna Valentine Hamm, who had moved from Kentucky to get away from the mining life.
Prine was back in his element and back in top form, leading the life he was born to-and showing the world that a joyful life is possible after cancer.
www.oralcancerfoundation.org /people/john_prine.htm   (1136 words)

 John Prine, Vox Populi
Prine grew up in Maywood, where his father moved the family to escape the coal mines of Kentucky, though they returned each summer to Paradise to stay with relatives.
In 1980, Prine moved to Nashville, where one of the first people he met was songwriter Roger Cook, who'd penned "I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing" for the New Seekers (later a ubiquitous campaign for Coca-Cola).
Prine ended up marrying an artist Cook was producing, and their wives became fast friends, "buzzing around Nashville, having a good time while John and I would be hanging around at midnight, waiting for them to come home," Cook says.
www.washingtonpost.com /wp-dyn/content/article/2005/06/17/AR2005061701716_pf.html   (2243 words)

 Robert Christgau: Really Glad to Be Here: John Prine
John Prine and Iris DeMent were seated across from each other at a table for eight in Michael's on West 55th Street.
Prine's fondness for Braddock types is one reason the novelties and cheating songs of In Spite of Ourselves are a perfect way for him to keep his hand in until his muse feels as glad to be alive as he does.
Prine and the band immediately obliterated it with a loud blues and two 1995 copyrights, including the surreal history of a wrecked marriage "Lake Marie," a mostly recited flag-waver that's climaxed his shows since he put it out.
www.robertchristgau.com /xg/rock/prine-99.php   (1296 words)

 VH1.com : John Prine : Biography
After 1988's John Prine Live, he released 1991's Grammy-winning The Missing Years; co-produced by Howie Epstein of Tom Petty's Heartbreakers, the album featured guest appearances from Bruce Springsteen, Bonnie Raitt and Tom Petty, and proved to be Prine's biggest commercial success to date, selling nearly 250,000 copies.
In 1998, while Prine was working on an album of male/female country duets, he was diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma, with the cancer forming on the right side of his neck.
Prine underwent surgery and radiation treatment for the cancer, and in 1999 was well enough to complete the album, which was released as In Spite Of Ourselves and featured contributions from Emmylou Harris, Lucinda Williams, Trisha Yearwood, Patty Loveless, Connie Smith and more.
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 John Prine in Georgia concert reviews and Prine stories 2002
John Prine's "Please Don't Bury Me" is a humorous little song about a guy who's just had the worst morning of his life.
Prine, for years a heavy smoker and heavy drinker, had surgery recently to remove a cancerous lump in his neck.
Prine then played a solo acoustic set, which he dubbed the 'rest your hip' part of the show.
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 John Prine Information
John spent two years in the Army after finishing High School and then got a job as a letter carrier with the U. Postal Service.
So John started writing songs and performing in Chicago area bars and clubs and gave up the fast paced life of a letter carrier (Prine could have retired by now from the postal service).
John met Steve when he went to see the great man who had written what John called the Best Railroad song ever recorded.
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 John Prine archived letters and Prine stories and concerts
I've seen John twice in the past year, in Macon, Ga. and Athens, Ga. The show in Macon was the first time I had seen the lyrical master and I was blown away by his stage presence.
John Prine is his favorite singer/songwriter, he talks about him all the time and I was hoping that he might consider meeting my father.
Prine was among a host of celebrated Irish musicians who packed into the old Hogans, which used to be a cozy Irish pub and is now just a perfect hard-wood-floor-and-great-big-hearth living room for a party.
home.mchsi.com /~rburhead/letters/my_prine_story001.html   (5923 words)

 Country Standard Time: John Prine, June 2005
Prine's voice dropped about an octave, forcing him to drop the tunings on his songs, the first time in his 30-plus year career that he had made such an adjustment.
Prine's eponymous debut album in 1971 was filled to bursting with songs that were destined to become classics, not only within his own repertoire, but as a part of pop culture ("Some of them have turned into campfire songs," says a bemused Prine of his early catalog).
Although Prine's commercial success with these albums was less than the label might have hoped, Prine's mailbox was filling up with royalties earned from his peers recording his songs.
www.countrystandardtime.com /johnprine2FEATURE.html   (2577 words)

 modsingers   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Prine started playing guitar when he was 14 under the tutelage of his grandfather and his older brother Dave, who taught him chords and finger picking and introduced him to Chicago's Old Town School of Music.
Prine's musical style is an eclectic blend of many different genres, described by one critic as "country-folk roll filtered through electro-acoustic rock" (Cooper paragraph 3).
Prine asserts that divorce is "a primary creative stimulus" (Compton paragraphs 62-63), explaining that many of the songs on the album arose from the ashes of his first divorce.
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 John Prine- a big, fat retrospective- Perfect Sound Forever
John Prine was never destined to be another Elvis Presley.
Prine’s songwriting is strong; it’s the overly laid-back backing that can’t make up it’s mind whether to be folk or country that undercuts the songs.
Perhaps the key to the success of Prine as a rocker is the fact that Epstein settles on a set unit of solid rock musicians.
www.furious.com /perfect/prine.html   (2336 words)

 John Prine mp3s, John Prine music downloads, John Prine songs from eMusic.com
After 1988's John Prine Live, he released 1991's Grammy-winning The Missing Years; co-produced by Howie Epstein of Tom Petty's Heartbreakers, the album featured guest appearances from Bruce Springsteen, Bonnie Raitt, and Tom Petty and proved to be Prine's biggest commercial success to date, selling nearly 250,000 copies.
In 1998, while Prine was working on an album of male/female country duets, he was diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma, with the cancer forming on the right side of his neck.
Prine underwent surgery and radiation treatment for the cancer, and in 1999 was well enough to complete the album, which was released as In Spite of Ourselves and featured contributions from Emmylou Harris, Lucinda Williams, Trisha Yearwood, Patty Loveless, Connie Smith, and more.
www.emusic.com /artist/11578/11578458.html   (604 words)

 PopMatters Music Feature | John Prine, Survivor
Prine punctuated the silence with a few songs, but the conversation inevitably turned to something else Kooser and Prine have in common: They are both recent cancer survivors.
Prine, 58, mused that even his old songs had acquired "a new coat of paint".
John Prine clearly has a new and hard-won respect for chances.
www.popmatters.com /music/features/050602-john-prine.shtml   (1188 words)

 MySpace.com - John Prine - Nashville, Tennessee - Folk / Acoustic / Folk Rock - www.myspace.com/johnprine
Prine is a songwriting legend from the suburbs of Chicago and a star of counter-culture country and Americana.
Prine says one of his favorite songs here is “Old Cape Cod,” a Patti Page hit in 1957 and one of several tracks here that features the Grand Ole Opry’s Carol Lee Singers fleshing out the recording with Jacuzzi-warm background vocals.
Prine’s reflections of the session locked on to Wiseman’s personality and its direct reflection in his song styling.
www.myspace.com /johnprine   (1322 words)

 The Albuquerque Tribune: Music
Before the treatment, Prine sang in a high-pitched, breathy whisper, but here his voice is low and cracked, suggesting a certain world-weariness.
Prine was surprised to find that some fans were returning CDs and T-shirts after he had performed the song at concerts.
McCutcheon, who likes Prine's themes of loneliness, love and loss, is quick to point out that one of Prine's most highly regarded songs, "Sam Stone," depicts the human realities of people who survive war and slip into depression and addiction.
www.abqtrib.com /albq/fe_music/article/0,2564,ALBQ_19846_3960762,00.html   (1011 words)

 John Prine : John Prine Live from Sessions at West 54th (DVD) - Listen, Review and Buy at ARTISTdirect
John Prine won over critics in the early '70s with a string of successful singer/songwriter albums, and won over audiences with his charismatic stage presence.
Prine begins his performance by reaching back to the very beginning of his career for "Blow Up Your T.V." and "Six O'Clock News." He's accompanied by guitarist Jason Wilbur and bassist David Jacques, players who provide a simple and warm setting for these songs.
Iris Dement joins Prine in the middle of the session for a number of duets, including fine versions of "In Spite of Ourselves" and "Let's Invite Them Over Again." Other classics, including "Sam Stone" and "Hello in There," fill out the disc.
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 A Literary Evening with John Prine and Ted Kooser (Library of Congress)   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Born in 1946, the son of a tool and die maker, Prine enjoyed a childhood imbued with classic American values and traditions that would later be incorporated into his songs.
After Kris Kristofferson heard Prine perform at the venerable Earl of Old Town music club in Chicago, he assisted in Prine's career move from local singer-songwriter to a national recording artist, who has won praise from critics around the country.
Prine continues to tour and is slated to release his first original album in nine years, "Fair and Square," on April 26.
www.loc.gov /poetry/kooser-prine.html   (519 words)

 Malaspina Great Books - John Prine (1946-)
From there, Prine went from being a local singer/songwriter to being an artist on a national label, lavished with praise from critics around the country.
Throughout Prine's major label migrations, which would eventually cover eight albums and two companies, he continued refining his voice and attracting fans who closely identified with his emotional sharp shooting.
So now John Prine has the best of all worlds: a loyal following and being able to make his music his way - doing whatever he believes is best for his songs.
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 Artist: John Prine free MP3, song download, lyrics, music videos
In Spite of Ourselves is John Prines tribute to the music he grew up with.
John Prine is a gifted songwriter living on the fringes of popular music.
John Prine can do more with three chords and two bits than most folks can with 88 keys and a $1,000,000.
mog.com /music/John_Prine   (1066 words)

 Waterloo Records - John Prine : Fair & Square [Digipak] *
FAIR & SQUARE's release was highly anticipated by John Prine fans, as the veteran singer/songwriter hadn't recorded an album of new songs in 10 years (the preceding IN SPITE OF OURSELVES was mostly cover tunes).
Here, though, the arrangements are scaled back down to Prine's comfort zone, appropriately rootsy to accommodate both the down-home amiability of his tone and the endlessly intriguing twists and turns of his unique lyrical style.
While he's not untouched by contemporary events (references to the White House and the war in Iraq crop up), most of the tunes here are the sort of classic Prine material that made the songwriter a cult hero in the '70s.
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 John Prine Discography: Slipcue E-Zine
Prine's gentle, forgiving embrace of human failures and foibles comes through loud and clear, along with his trademark world-weary, warped wisdom and his ability to craft unexpected turns of phrase, spinning the listener along, wondering just how each stanza will end.
Prine doesn't dwell on it either, he just says he thinks these guys are jerks, and then moves on to another song.
The John Prine Shrine is one of many lavish, fanatical Prine sites, with news on sightings, tours, info on albums, lyrics and all things Prinelike...
www.slipcue.com /music/country/countryartists/prine.html   (1619 words)

 Reference.com/Encyclopedia/John Prine
The son of William Prine and Verna Hamm, he emerged in 1971 with a highly acclaimed debut album titled John Prine.
The album also included "Hello In There", a song about aging that was later covered by Joan Baez, and "Angel From Montgomery", a song now more associated with Bonnie Raitt, who occasionally brings Prine on-stage with her for live performances of the song.
In the mid-1990s, he battled and overcame cancer, releasing an album of new songs in 1995.
www.reference.com /browse/wiki/John_Prine   (447 words)

 Amazon.ca: John Prine: Music   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Lyrically diverse, Prine offers topical songs such as "Sam Stone", the tale of a drug-addicted Vietnam vet; achingly sad songs, such as the oft-covered "Angel from Montgomery", and, of course, his trademark wit gets ample time in the spotlight.
I bought this LP when it was first released, and I've heard a heck of lot of John Prine tracks in the past 33 years.
This one, however, is the folk/protest/social commentary record that pretty much capped the '60's for me. If you like John's later work but have not heard this, you are missing some of his finest writing and singing.
www.amazon.ca /exec/obidos/ASIN/B000002I97   (497 words)

 Amazon.co.uk: John Prine: Music   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Prine's 1971 self-titled debut set the tone for the rest of his career.
I consider John Prine's first album to be one of the greatest achievements of the last 30 years.
I would suggest that Prine is a cross between Dylan and the excellent David Gray.
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John Prine, one of America's premier songwriters, has garnered worldwide acclaim for his ability to be literate, yet folksy, since the 1970's.
Prine's special visions and personal integrity is something which attracted numerous artists to release their versions of his songs wasn't best served by the big labels.
Prine quit the big companies, moved to Nashville and formed Oh Boy records with longtime manager Al Bunetta and associate Dan Einstein.
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 Blogcritics.org: John Prine Live   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Given my new found obsession with all thing John Prine I was excited to learn that he would again return to Columbus, this time at the Zoo.
Apropos a John Prine opening act, he is a little hard to label.
John Prine was sharp and hard hitting, tender and sincere, funny and mischievous, humble and playful, and just plain entertaining.
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