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Focus On: John Prine

For over forty years, John Prine has built a loyal and passionate following. His gentle yet introspective style has the ability to reach listeners in a way that has made him one of the most influential singer-songwriters in American music. Over the years, Prine has gathered praise from some of the most respected members of the music community. Bob Dylan has referred to Prine as one of his favorite writers, calling his music a "Midwestern mindtrip to the nth degree." Johnny Cash also has acknowledged his deep respect and admiration for Prine. "His is just extra-ordinarily eloquent music—and he lives on that plane with Neil Young and John Lennon," Cash said. Recently, Prine has played gigs with Yim Yames (aka Jim James of My Morning Jacket), which has exposed him to an entirely new generation of followers.

John Prine is the definition of Americana, bringing together all the roots-based genre music that makes this country great. On the main stage at Ft. Adams, Prine was joined by other musicians who sang with joy to the large crowd stretching across the lawn to the bay. This concert was the closing performance of the first official day of the 51st Newport Folk Festival in Newport, Rhode Island and was recorded for NPR Music.

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John quit the Post Office to pursue his singing and songwriting. I stayed there for 35 years, and wish I was in his shoes. So many great tunes over the years. I saw him in the Clubs in Chicago, and was at his first big show at the Arie Crown Theatre in McCormack Place in Chicago. One man, one guitar and a stool with a glass of water on it that entertained 3500 folks for an hour and a half - Unbelievable at the time. He's entertained many thousands since, and just turned 65. Don't pass up the chance to see him. It's the stories between the songs that are the best part. God bless you, John! Keep it up for many more years! Your Pal, Tom

Posted by Tom Bakken on May 12, 2012.
A band called "Burnt Toast And Jam" plays the blow-up-ur-TV song pretty much every gig they do. That always made me quite happy when I lived in a neighboring town to that fine band.

Posted by Marco Capelli on August 06, 2011.
Seeing John Prine and Todd Snider on the same ticket was one great night of music. They are American Classics of succeeding generations. They make life in this world a lot better.

Posted by Jack Egan on September 23, 2010.
John Prine saved my sanity when I was teaching six classes of 8th grade English. I'd head for a hiking trail after a hard day of coercing disinterested 14 year-olds into reading and writing. I'd put on my headphones and tennis shoes or cross-country skis and experience a renewal of sorts with John Prine feeling kind of like a friend singing what sounded like truth to my ears. Thanks, John

Posted by Susana Drinkard on September 19, 2010.
I grew up listening to John Prine because my father was/is a fan. Now that I am grown, I find I can't turn him off myself. Great to hear streams this.

Posted by Christopher Boyer on September 12, 2010.
I have followed John Prine since 1972, if I remember correctly. So much was going on musically then and he stood out to me and I have kept him in my world since. He has filled many an hour of my time here and I also learned to play a lot of his songs. To have such a great songwriter in one's life is so amazing. I still can't get over him! Thank you, John Prine. Thank you!

Posted by Anyse Joslin on September 11, 2010.
John Prine is a lucid, astute observer of events. He has that capacity to use the economy of words to tell an incredible story. A true balladeer indeed. He is confident of where he is going with his music. I've managed to pick up and learn some of his songs.

Posted by Marvin Krawec on August 31, 2010.
What's to say that hasn't been said about Mr Prine? A great story teller! His tunes are timeless.

Posted by Preston Collum on August 29, 2010.

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