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02-15-18 03:28 PM - Post#1710455    



I feel as though I should be a lot more familiar with Prine than I am.

Any suggestions on where to start with his catalogue?

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02-15-18 10:37 PM - Post#1710481    


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I am a huge fan of Prine.

Go to Oh boy records (his own label).

I have seen Prine four times. He doesn't travel to western Canada much so I take every opportunity. One on my bucket list is going down to the venues in the USA where he does a smaller shows. I best get at it before one of us is gone.

A lyrical genius in my opinion.

So many I could quote as most Prineaholics do.

Covered by Johnny Cash to Bette Midler, Roger Waters and Natalie Merchant. Discovered by Kris Kristoffon,by way of Steve Goodman. A legend. Bob Dylan credits him as an all time influential songwriter.

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02-16-18 08:29 AM - Post#1710489    


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Any particular record that you think might be best to start with?
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02-16-18 11:03 AM - Post#1710505    


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John Prine is a beauty. If you have 25 mins, watch this performance with Sturgill Simpson (who is also an absolute gem). So good!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AqnIWoaF6zU


Also the Milk Carton Kids are performing with him in April. If you haven't checked them out, you're missing out. They are the new age Simon and Garfunkel.
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02-16-18 11:22 PM - Post#1710534    


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  • Fotiu Said:
Any particular record that you think might be best to start with?



My favourite is lost dogs and mixed blessings (1996). His self titled debut when he was 24 in 1971 was critically acclaimed for his songs Sam Stone, Hello in there, Paradise and 6 o'clock news. I'd start there. Sweet revenge is his second release and has some great ones as well. The missing years (1991)has Tom Petty and Springsteen helping out, and has Jesus the missing years.

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03-03-18 08:08 PM - Post#1711283    


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  • TheScotsman Said:
John Prine is a beauty. If you have 25 mins, watch this performance with Sturgill Simpson (who is also an absolute gem). So good!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AqnIWoaF6zU


Also the Milk Carton Kids are performing with him in April. If you haven't checked them out, you're missing out. They are the new age Simon and Garfunkel.




Had never seen this before thanks for the share.
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03-04-18 07:03 AM - Post#1711288    


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David Allan Coe covered John Prine’s Hello in There. It is a great song.


 
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06-11-18 06:15 PM - Post#1714079    


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Prine is one of many absolutely fantastic artists who for whatever reason never quite attract a large commercial following. He's definitely "an artist's artist." A good high school friend of mine (Ed Gaus) was Prine's touring drummer for a couple years in the 90s, which is how I got turned on to him.
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