John Prine is an American singer, songwriter and musician from Chicago who has been writing and performing since the mid-1960s. He won the Artist of the Year recognition from Americana Music Honors & Awards in 2005 and 2017 and The Contemporary Folk Album Grammy in 1992 and 2006. His songs are observations of life that he sees around him, and he performs live in some of the country's most popular venues, such as Red Rocks Amphitheater in Morrison, Colo. Many of his writings have subtle, humorous commentary about the society and world in which we live.
Childhood Memories and Songs
John Prine was born in the Chicago area after his father had moved the family there from Western Kentucky where he had been a coal mine worker. His family returned frequently to Kentucky and Prine wrote songs along the way. Later, he learned that a coal company had purchased the small town of Paradise, his grandparent's hometown where he had visited them for many summers. After purchasing the town, the coal company completely destroyed it in order to get to the valuable coal underneath. This action inspired Prine to write the song, "Paradise," which has been covered by John Denver, Johnny Cash, Lynn Anderson and John Fogerty.
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What songs does John Prine sing during a live concert?
John Prine sings a variety of his most popular songs including, "Egg and Daughter Night," "When I Get to Heaven," "Angel from Montgomery," "Carnival of Fools," "Grandpa Was a Carpenter," "Hello in There," "Lake Marie," "Paradise," "Knockin' on Your Screen Door" and "Bruised Orange."
What is John Prine's back story, and how did he become a legendary singer-songwriter?
In the 1960s, Prine was a letter carrier in Chicago. He was drafted and spent two years in Germany in the service. Upon returning to Chicago, he went back to working for the USPS. In the early 1970s, however, he started hanging out in a Chicago folk music club. His friend Steve Goodman played one of Prine's songs as part of an opening for Kris Kristofferson. Goodman liked the song and brought Paul Anka to a Prine performance and John Prine's career was launched.
What is the name of John Prine's 2019 tour?
Prine's 2019 tour, which is scheduled to end in Nashville on December 31, is called The Tree of Forgiveness Tour. Tree of Forgiveness is also the name of his album released in February 2018. This album was John Prine's first new material in more than 13 years.
Who are some of the musicians who either open for John Prine or are part of his backup band?
Jason Wilber, a Grammy-winning singer, songwriter, guitarist and producer, has been part of Prine's show for more than 20 years. Multi-instrument talented band member Fats Kaplan often plays the fiddle as part of Prine's backup. David Jacques can be found on stage with Prine playing bass. Opening acts for a John Prine live performance include Todd Snider, Tyler Childers, I'm With Her and Kathleen Edwards.
What should I expect at a John Prine live performance?
John Prine is a cancer survivor, and his voice has aged over the years, but he still produces a live performance of more than two hours full of songs from the heart. You can count on a laid-back attitude and a few stories pulled from his long, event-filled life. You can also expect to hear a mix of his old and new songs accompanied by Prine on guitar and talented backup musicians.Back to Top
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