An acclaimed singer/songwriter whose literate work flirted with everything from acoustic folk to rockabilly to straight-ahead country, John Prine was born October 10, 1946, in Maywood, IL. Raised by parents firmly rooted in their rural Kentucky background, at age 14 Prine began learning to play the guitar from his older brother while taking inspiration from his grandfather, who had played with Merle Travis. After a two-year tenure in the U.S. Army, Prine became a fixture on the Chicago folk music scene in the late '60s, befriending another young performer named Steve Goodman…
This CD collects twelve of John Prine's best songs from the early to mid-1970s, when he first started recording. The songs tell of the tragedy of a drug-addicted Vietnam war veteran (Sam Stone), John's own grandfather (Grandpa Was a Carpenter), the pain of growing old (Hello in There), and the search for love (Donald and Lydia), among other things. After approximately thirty years, the songs sound as fresh and new as they did when they were first written….
Great Days: The John Prine Anthology is a compilation album by American folk singer John Prine, released in 1993.Allmusic critic Steven Thomas Erlewine called the album an excellent summary of Prine's, writing that "this provides a nearly flawless recap of his career - so much so that it's not only for neophytes, but also reminds longtime fans why they loved him in the first place." Music critic Robert Christgau also praised the compilation, writing "There aren't 41 best Prine songs. There are 50, 60, maybe more; the only way to resolve quibbles would be a bigger box than commerce or decorum permits…Prine's a lot friendlier than your average thriving old singer-songwriter (Young, Thompson, Cohen), and his disinclination to downplay his natural warmth or his folk-rock retro may make him impenetrable to victims of irony proficiency amnesia.
John Prine "In Person & On Stage" is a collection of 14 songs that Prine's fan base would select themselves if they could have a collective voice. Featuring special collaborations with Emmylou Harris, Josh Ritter, Sara Watkins, Iris Dement and Kane Welch Kaplin, it's a snapshot of the best moments from Prine's recent tours. Clocking in at just over 72 minutes and featuring songs that span his career from his eponymous debut album to his 2005 Grammy Award winning "Fair and Square," this album captures the essence of what Prine fans crave from a live performance.