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.