FolkWorld #72 07/2020
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Across the Western Ocean

John Prine R.I.P.

Our community is devastated over the loss of John Prine who passed away at 73 following complications relating to COVID-19. Forever an enduring pillar in the Americana music world, it's safe to say there will never be another John Prine. His indelible songbook lives on in our hearts. - Americana Music Association

Grammy Award winning, Songwriters Hall of Fame Member John Prine passed away at age 73 due to Covid-19. Some of his most legendary hits include, “Hello in There,” “Sam Stone,” “Angel From Montgomery” and “Paradise.” Prine used these masterpieces to highlight moments that the average mind grazed over with empathetic words and light-hearted lines. Writing for big industry names such as Johnny Cash, George Strait, Don Williams, the Everly Brothers, Carl Perkins and Bette Midler, all while being a singer, author, actor and record label owner, leaves Prine with one of the most renowned legacies in music history. Prine was not only a poetic prodigy, but a friend to many in the music and entertainment industry. - Jeremy Westby, 2911 Media

Jason Isbell

Artist Video My friend and songwriting legend John Prine succumbed to COVID-19 on April 7. It's hard to put into words the hole he leaves in the world. It's not just that he was an American original, a treasure, one of the greatest songwriters we had (I can't think of a stronger debut album than John's which came out when he was 25 years old) - he was also one of the truly good guys. A generous, funny, warm, humane and empathetic person who was so easy to be around that you forgot he was a bonafide genius. He was incredibly kind to me, and every time I was onstage with him was a joy. Barry and I will miss him so much, and we send all our love to Fiona and the boys. - Gretchen Peters

Gretchen Peters & John Prine, Cambridge Folk Fest 2012

Artist Video Like so many song lovers and music fans, the death of John Prine has been painful and difficult for me. I had the privilege of working with John, opening shows from 2004-2006. The help this gave me with my career is immeasurable. Whenever I tried to thank him, he'd say "You're welcome Mary, but I do it for me." Every night he'd invite me up on stage for the final song, Paradise, and when the chorus came, I'd sing it with him while he stared straight into my eyes. It was kinda like getting struck by lightning, or being electrocuted...but the energy came from love, and the feeling it left me with was one of being uplifted and asked to rise to the occasion. As someone who did not see herself as much of a singer, those moments were powerful, wildly scary, and joyful. I will never forget them. John Prine was my songwriting hero, and my greatest teacher. As Todd Snider wrote in Rolling Stone, I couldn't believe I knew him, but I did. John infused pieces of his soul into every one of his songs, snapshots of who he was. It was a magic trick, and we are all better for it. I will miss him terribly, and will listen to his songs, as I find my way to whatever's next. For me, John Prine was the heart of Nashville. John was the reason I came to this city. He was my teacher, my songwriting hero, my friend. A brave truth-teller, who, with a wink and a grin, showed us who we are. We songwriters have lost our reluctant leader. He was the kindest man I knew, with the most childlike, beautiful heart. God Bless John Prine Forever. Amen. - Mary Gauthier

Michele Gazich & Mary Gauthier

Neil Nathan
Heartfelt Quarantine Greetings, I hope you and yours are healthy, safe, and sound. I remember picking up a guitar when Tom Petty passed and strumming through Louisiana Rain, and it seemed to help get through the sadness. So I did the same this time, and recorded two quick live videos of John Prine songs I love: We Could (In Spite of Ourselves LP) and Boundless Love (The Tree of Forgiveness LP). I feel blessed to have seen John Prine on his last tour for The Tree of Forgiveness record. It was a joy to witness him dancing around, happy as a clam, doing what he loved. His song, Some Humans Ain't Human encapsulates a lot of what I love about John Prine songs: hard truths spoken plainly, laced with that uniquely dark sense of humor, which makes you want to laugh and cry at the same time. He also has a gift for making the personal political and vice versa. In the original Some Humans Ain't Human, Prine set his sights on then President George W. Bush, the "cowboy from Texas" who started "his own war in Iraq." And here we are almost two decades later, during a pandemic, with a President boldly embodying the lyric, "They lie through their teeth, with their head up their behind." Finally, this John Prine article, by one of my fave songwriters, Jon Houlon, of John Train and The Donuts, is a peach. Big Love To You and Yours. And may we all remember, this too shall pass! - Neil Nathan

Artist Video What can I say? John Prine was and is everything in American music. To us personally, he was a hero, not just for his songs, but for the way he lived his life and treated others. We were fortunate enough to see him perform a couple of times, and his personality was bigger than life, just as you'd expect. That warmth, wisdom, and humor that you hear in the lyrics to all of those great songs filled up the whole room and beyond. Like so many, we never met him, but we really felt like we knew him. I think that's part of what makes this loss so hard to bear. Be good to each other, stay well. - The Wallens

Brandi Carlile

Artist Video There’s so many amazing and powerful messages that John Prine has left the world, and for the people who weren’t familiar with his music, they’re about to get a whole lot of truth dropped on them, which I am really happy about, at least. “Hello in There” reminds us that old people aren’t expendable, that they made us who were are and they’ve given us every single thing that we have. Even though John never got to get old, and we all would’ve liked for him to…at the age of 24, when he wrote this song, he understood this. - Brandi Carlile

Artist Video When I heard that John Prine had died (of COVID-19), I started messing around with this song, one of the first I ever played on a guitar, long ago. You could call this a very pared-down version. The original is probably better. - David Rovics

Caitlin Canty
Artist Video I played a few songs for a Vermont COVID-19 relief show, including this cover of John Prine's, "One Red Rose." This is the first Prine song I fell for. He left us a treasure trove of songs and a road map of how to be a good person. My heart goes out to his family and band. - Caitlin Canty

Artist Video Every time I saw John Prine perform, he invited friends to join him. The outpouring of love and respect has always been so profound. And so when John Prine died on April 7 from complications related to COVID-19, I knew his friends and those he touched would want to pay tribute to him. Here are five artists (Margo Price and Jeremy Ivey, Courtney Marie Andrews, John Paul White, Nathaniel Rateliff, Brandy Clark) performing their favorite John Prine tune in their home (or bathtub) in honor of one of the greatest songwriters of any generation. - Bob Boilen (Tiny Desk)

Artist Video When someone you love dies it’s hard to know what to do with that. Especially if the connection is one way. Like with famous people. That was my connection to John Prine. I’ve only seen him perform twice, both were in the last 16 months. Once was at this lunchtime thing at RCA Studio B where he was playing and trading stories with Bill Murray. The other time was when he came out to sing Illegal Smile with Todd Snider at the Ryman last April. Both experiences made a big impression on me. I would see him around town in Nashville — one time I was standing in front of the ice cream freezer at the Kroger, making a careful decision, and I turned around and he was standing next to me, one freezer over, as focused on which flavor as I was. The last time I saw him in actual life was in December at the airport in Nashville. He was standing in line at what turned out to be the wrong gate. I saw him realize the problem and hasten alone through the crowd to the next line over. A little harried, still gentle. Huh, I thought. John Prine flies Southwest. Of course he does. I have so enjoyed reading all these little stories of meetings and meanings. I don’t really have much color to add in the way of personal experience but, well when someone important to you passes, you want to say something...Over and over the stories I read are about how John made someone feel. Most of the time, it was about feeling *seen*. In a world of doubt and division, he was someone everyone could believe in. Why was that? Because he believed in You. You saw yourself in his songs - in Donald and Lydia, in poor Sam Stone. And if you were lucky enough to speak with him, he got to know you quick, and he remembered you later. I’ve been thinking about it and well John was a kind of Jesus for agnostics. The Christmas tree he kept year round. His last album title for God sakes. No water walking maybe, but here was a guy who always turned the light away from himself, not out of a secret pride of false modesty, but because that’s where life was happening. Is happening. Hello out there. Hello in there. One of the things that happens when a personal hero passes is, you ask yourself - What could I be doing better? Where am I missing the mark? I know I turn the light back on myself way too often. Oh man I could laugh so much more than I do. At the very least, I could eat a few more hot dogs or hot fudge sundaes.. A couple years ago me and my friend Kristina Murray got together and sang a version of In Spite of Ourselves for John’s birthday. He or Fiona retweeted it or liked it... I felt ten feet tall. I’m sharing it here as an example of another tiny leaf in John Prine’s wild old tree. What a life. What a gift. I'm sad he gone but I’m so grateful he Was. - Korby Lenker

Korby Lenker

Artist Video I was sanding an old door down to wood when I heard the news of John Prine’s COVID19 diagnosis a few weeks ago. As the orbital sander sputtered to a stop so did my heart which had memorized so many of his words. I thought about all the songs he would write right now. The frustrations of homeschooling, the humor of zoom calls, the tender kindling of the many making masks, and the terror of those frontline healthcare workers who so desperately need them. We’ve heard the words “Til Further Notice” a lot in the past few weeks. They’ve become a signal of prolonged uncertainty and a mantra as we shift to a new rhythm in our daily lives. Growing up in Western Massachusetts I’ve lived with the words of Emily Dickinson for much of my life. “Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul.” Hearing about Prine awakened that little bird and the following day I wrote this song with my friend Steve Seskin over FaceTime. Never have I felt a time where we are all collectively so emotionally exposed to this feeling of uncertainty. I believe that uncertainty is the place where hope lives and crawls out of from time to time. The following week, while recording "Til Further Notice", I read the news that John Prine had passed and I cried my way through a few verses of “Paradise” on an upright piano. I like to think that there were a whole lot of us songwriters singing him out down the Green River that night. I hope this song brings comfort to those that need it right now and if you’re so inspired, I hope you share with someone who you think can use a little comfort and hope. 50% of the proceeds will go toward the Sweet Relief Musicians Fund - COVID-19 Fund to help the many touring artists who are struggling to make ends meet right now. - Seth Glier

Artist Video I once saw John live in 4 different the same year...1976. Loved his work. And as for Iris DeMent...she has a voice with a DNA all of its own...if I were compelled to have a funeral service (which I have asked Larissa to ensure I do not have...) then her singing of her glorious song Let The Mystery Be, would be my only choice of music. I think of the several versions of John and Iris doing this brilliant Prine song on YouTube, this is the one I like best. The sheer warmth of their relationship here, and the love from their audience, makes it that bit extra special. RIP John: you overcame cancer only to be felled by this dreadful virus. You were a giant. Still, we should celebrate the fact that you were spared to live a full life, and managed to double the years lived by your dear pal, the magnificent Steve Goodman. - Dai Woosnam

Artist Video Talking of John Prine, this is my second favourite of his songs, given a lovely treatment from Ravi Shankar’s daughter Norah Jones, and two fine accompanists... - Dai

John Prine (October 10, 1946 – April 7, 2020) was an American country folk singer-songwriter. He was active as a composer, recording artist, and live performer from the early 1970s until his death and was known for an often humorous style of original music that has elements of protest and social commentary.

John Prine

Artist Video John Prine @ FROG

Born and raised in Maywood, Illinois, Prine learned to play the guitar at the age of 14. He attended classes at Chicago's Old Town School of Folk Music. After serving in West Germany with the U.S. Army, he returned to Chicago in the late 1960s, where he worked as a mailman, writing and singing songs first as a hobby, and then becoming a club performer.

A member of Chicago's folk revival, Prine credited film critic Roger Ebert and singer-songwriter Kris Kristofferson with discovering him, resulting in the production of Prine's eponymous debut album with Atlantic Records in 1971. The acclaim earned by this LP led Prine to focus on his musical career, and he recorded three more albums for Atlantic. He then signed with Asylum Records, where he recorded an additional three albums. In 1981, he co-founded Oh Boy Records, an independent record label with which he would release most of his subsequent albums.

Widely cited as one of the most influential songwriters of his generation, Prine was known for humorous lyrics about love, life, and current events, as well as serious songs with social commentary and songs that recollect melancholy tales from his life. In 2020, he received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.

Early life

Prine was the son of William Mason Prine, a tool-and-die maker, and Verna Valentine (Hamm), a homemaker, both from Muhlenberg County, Kentucky. He was born and raised in the Maywood suburb of Chicago. In summers, they would go back to visit family near Paradise, Kentucky. Prine started playing guitar at age 14, taught by his brother, David. He attended classes at Chicago's Old Town School of Folk Music, and Proviso Township High School (later called Proviso East) in Maywood, Illinois. He was a mailman for five years and was drafted into the United States Army during the Vietnam War era, serving in Germany, before beginning his musical career in Chicago.

Chicago folk scene

In the late 1960s, while Prine was delivering mail, he began to sing his songs (often first written in his head on the mail route) at open mic evenings at the Fifth Peg on Armitage Avenue in Chicago. The bar was a gathering spot for nearby Old Town School of Folk Music teachers and students. Prine was initially a spectator, reluctant to perform, but eventually did so in response to a "You think you can do better?" comment made to him by another performer. After his first open mic, he was offered paying gigs. In 1970, Chicago Sun-Times movie critic Roger Ebert heard him by chance at the Fifth Peg and wrote the first review Prine ever received, calling him a great songwriter:

He appears on stage with such modesty he almost seems to be backing into the spotlight. He sings rather quietly, and his guitar work is good, but he doesn't show off. He starts slow. But after a song or two, even the drunks in the room begin to listen to his lyrics. And then he has you.

John Prine 1971

After the review was published, Prine's popularity grew. Prine became a central figure in the Chicago folk revival, which also included such singer-songwriters as Steve Goodman, Michael Peter Smith, Bonnie Koloc, Jim Post, Tom Dundee, Anne Hills and Fred Holstein. Joined by such established musicians as Jethro Burns and Bob Gibson, Prine performed frequently at a variety of Chicago clubs. He was offered a one-album deal of covers and with a few of his original songs by Bob Koester from Delmark Records but decided the project wasn't right.

In 1971, Prine was playing regularly at The Earl of Old Town. Steve Goodman, who was performing with Kris Kristofferson at another Chicago club, persuaded Kristofferson to go see Prine late one night. Kristofferson later recalled, "By the end of the first line we knew we were hearing something else. It must’ve been like stumbling onto Dylan when he first busted onto the Village scene."

Recording career


Prine's self-titled debut album was released in 1971. Kristofferson (who once remarked that Prine wrote songs so good that "we'll have to break his thumbs"), invited Prine and Goodman to open for him at The Bitter End club in New York City. In the audience was Jerry Wexler, who the next day signed Prine to Atlantic Records. The album included Prine's signature songs "Illegal Smile", "Sam Stone", and songs that became folk and country standards, "Angel from Montgomery" and "Paradise." The album also featured "Hello in There", a song about aging that was later covered by numerous artists, and "Far From Me", a lonely waltz about lost love for a waitress that Prine later said was his favorite of all his songs. The album received many positive reviews, and some hailed Prine as "the next Dylan." Bob Dylan himself appeared unannounced at one of Prine's first New York City club appearances, anonymously backing him on harmonica.

Prine's second album, Diamonds in the Rough (1972), was a surprise for many after the critical success of his first LP; it was an uncommercial, stripped-down affair that reflected Prine's fondness for bluegrass music and features songs reminiscent of Hank Williams. Highlights include the allegorical "The Great Compromise", which includes a recitation and addresses the Vietnam War, and the ballad "Souvenirs," which Prine later recorded with Goodman.

John Prine 1986

Subsequent albums include Sweet Revenge (1973), containing such fan favorites as "Dear Abby", "Grandpa Was a Carpenter", and "Christmas in Prison", and Common Sense (1975), with "Come Back to Us Barbara Lewis Hare Krishna Beauregard." The latter album was Prine's first to be charted in the US Top 100 by Billboard, reflecting growing commercial success. It was produced by Steve Cropper. Bruised Orange from 1978 was a Steve Goodman-produced album that gave listeners songs such as "That's The Way That The World Goes 'Round", "Sabu Visits the Twin Cities Alone", "Fish and Whistle", and the title track.

In 1974, singer David Allan Coe achieved considerable success on the country charts with "You Never Even Called Me by My Name", co-written by Prine and Goodman. The song good-naturedly spoofs stereotypical country music lyrics. Prine refused to take a songwriter's credit and the tune went to Goodman, although Goodman bought Prine a jukebox as a gift from his publishing royalties.

In 1975, Prine toured the U.S. and Canada with a full band featuring guitarist Arlen Roth.

The 1979 album Pink Cadillac features two songs produced by Sun Records founder Sam Phillips, who by this time rarely did any studio work. The song "Saigon" is about a Vietnam vet traumatized by the war ("The static in my attic's gettin' ready to blow"). During the recording, one of the guitar amps blew up (which is evident on the album). The other song Phillips produced is "How Lucky", about Prine's hometown.


In 1981, rejecting the established model of the recording industry, which Prine felt exploited singers and songwriters, he co-founded the independent record label Oh Boy Records in Nashville, Tennessee. His fans, supporting the project, sent him enough money to cover the costs, in advance, of his next album. Prine continued writing and recording albums throughout the 1980s. His songs continued to be covered by other artists; the country supergroup The Highwaymen recorded "The 20th Century Is Almost Over", which had been written by Prine and Goodman. Steve Goodman died of leukemia in 1984 and Prine contributed four tracks to A Tribute to Steve Goodman, including a cover version of Goodman's "My Old Man."


John Prine 1996

In 1991, Prine released the Grammy Award-winning The Missing Years, his first collaboration with producer and Heartbreakers bassist Howie Epstein. The title song records Prine's humorous take on what Jesus did in the unrecorded years between his childhood and ministry. In 1995, Lost Dogs and Mixed Blessings was released, another collaboration with Epstein. On this album is the long track, Lake Marie, a partly spoken word song interweaving tales over decades centered on themes of 'goodbye'. Bob Dylan later cited it as perhaps his favorite Prine song. Prine followed in 1999 with In Spite of Ourselves, which was unusual for him in that it contained only one original song (the title track); the rest were covers of classic country songs. All of the tracks are duets with well-known female country vocalists, including Lucinda Williams, Emmylou Harris, Patty Loveless, Dolores Keane, Trisha Yearwood, and Iris DeMent.


In 2001, Prine appeared in a supporting role in the Billy Bob Thornton movie Daddy & Them. "In Spite of Ourselves" is played during the end credits.

Prine recorded a version of Stephen Foster's "My Old Kentucky Home" in 2004 for the compilation album Beautiful Dreamer, which won the Grammy for Best Traditional Folk Album in 2004.

In 2005, Prine released his first all-new offering since Lost Dogs and Mixed Blessings, the album Fair & Square, which tended toward a more laid-back, acoustic approach. The album contains songs such as "Safety Joe", about a man who has never taken any risks in his life, and also "Some Humans Ain't Human", Prine's protest piece on the album, which talks about the ugly side of human nature and includes a quick shot at President George W. Bush. Fair & Square won the 2005 Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Folk Album. The album contains original songs plus two covers: A.P. Carter's "Bear Creek Blues" and Blaze Foley's "Clay Pigeons".


John Prine 2018

On June 22, 2010, Oh Boy Records released a tribute album titled Broken Hearts & Dirty Windows: Songs of John Prine. The album features members of the modern folk revival including My Morning Jacket, The Avett Brothers, Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band, Old Crow Medicine Show, Lambchop, Josh Ritter, Drive-By Truckers, Nickel Creek's Sara Watkins, Deer Tick featuring Liz Isenberg, Justin Townes Earle, Those Darlins, and Bon Iver's Justin Vernon.

In 2016, Prine was named winner of the PEN/Song Lyrics Award, given to two songwriters every other year by the PEN New England chapter. The 2016 award was shared with Tom Waits and his songwriting collaborator wife Kathleen Brennan. Judges for the award included Peter Wolf, Rosanne Cash, Paul Simon, Elvis Costello and Bono, as well as literary judges Salman Rushdie, Natasha Tretheway and Paul Muldoon. In 2016, Prine released For Better, or Worse, a follow-up to In Spite of Ourselves from 1999. The album featured country music covers featuring some of the most prominent female voices in the genre including Alison Krauss, Kacey Musgraves and Lee Ann Womack, as well as Iris DeMent, the only guest artist to be featured on both albums.

On March 15, 2017, The American Currents exhibit opened at the Country Music Hall of Fame. The exhibit featured a pair of cowboy boots and jacket that he often wore on stage, his personal guitar and the original handwritten lyric to his hit, "Angel From Montgomery." The American Currents Class of 2016 showcased artists who made a significant impact on country music in 2016, including Jason Aldean, Kelsea Ballerini, Ross Copperman, The Earls of Leicester, Brett Eldredge, Florida Georgia Line, Mickey Guyton, Natalie Hemby, Sierra Hull, Jason Isbell, Miranda Lambert, Jim Lauderdale, Shane McAnally, Lori McKenna, William Michael Morgan, Maren Morris, Jon Pardi, Dolly Parton, Margo Price, John Prine, RaeLynn, Chris and Morgane Stapleton and Randy Travis. Prine won his second Artist of the Year award at the 2017 Americana Music Honors & Awards after previously winning in 2005.

On February 8, 2018, Prine announced his first new album of original material in 13 years, titled The Tree of Forgiveness, would be released on April 13. Produced by Dave Cobb, the album was released on Prine's own Oh Boy Records and features guest artists Jason Isbell, Amanda Shires, Dan Auerbach and Brandi Carlile. Alongside the announcement, Prine released the track "Summer's End". The album became Prine's highest-charting album on the Billboard 200.

Personal life

John Prine: I Remember Everything

I’ve been down this road before
I remember every tree
Every single blade of grass
Holds a special place for me
And I remember every town
And every hotel room
And every song I ever sang
On a guitar out of tune

I remember everything
Things I can’t forget
The way you turned and smiled on me
On the night that we first met
And I remember every night
Your ocean eyes of blue
How I miss you in the morning light 
Like roses miss the dew

I’ve been down this road before 
Alone as I can be
Careful not to let my past 
Go sneaking up on me
Got no future in my happiness
Though regrets are very few
Sometimes a little tenderness
Was the best that I could do

I remember everything
Things I can’t forget
Swimming pools of butterflies
That slipped right through the net
And I remember every night
Your ocean eyes of blue
How I miss you in the morning light 
Like roses miss the dew

How I miss you in the morning light 
Like roses miss the dew
Artist Video The last recorded song by John Prine. Written by Prine and his longtime collaborator Pat McLaughlin.

Prine was married three times. His first marriage was to high school sweetheart Ann Carole in 1966. The marriage lasted until the late 1970s. Prine was married to bassist Rachel Peer from 1984 to 1988. Prine met Fiona Whelan, who later became his manager, in 1988. Prine and Whelan had two sons together, Jack and Tommy, and Prine adopted Whelan's son, Jody, from a previous relationship. Prine had a home, and spent part of the year, in Galway, Ireland.

Health problems

In early 1998, Prine was diagnosed with squamous cell cancer on the right side of his neck. He had major surgery to remove a substantial amount of diseased tissue, followed by six weeks of radiation therapy. The surgery removed a piece of his neck and severed a few nerves in his tongue, while the radiation damaged some salivary glands. A year of recuperation and speech therapy was necessary before he could perform again. The operation altered his vocals and added a gravelly tone to his voice.

In 2013, Prine underwent surgery to remove cancer in his left lung. After the surgery, a physical therapist put him through an unusual workout to build stamina: Prine was required to run up and down his house stairs, grab his guitar while still out of breath and sing two songs. Six months later, he was touring again.


On March 19, 2020, amid the coronavirus pandemic in the United States, Prine's wife Fiona revealed that she had tested positive for the SARS-CoV-2 and had been quarantined in their home apart from him. He was hospitalized on March 26 after experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. On March 30, Fiona tweeted that she had recovered and that John was in stable condition but not improving. Prine died on April 7, 2020, of complications caused by COVID-19.

In accordance with Prine's wishes as expressed in his song "Paradise", half of his ashes were spread in Kentucky's Green River. The other half were buried next to his parents in Chicago.


Prine is widely regarded as one of the most influential songwriters of his generation. He was called, "the Mark Twain of songwriting."

In 2009, Bob Dylan told The Huffington Post that Prine was one of his favorite writers, stating, "Prine's stuff is pure Proustian existentialism. Midwestern mindtrips to the nth degree. And he writes beautiful songs. I remember when Kris Kristofferson first brought him on the scene. 'Sam Stone' featuring the wonderfully evocative line: 'There’s a hole in daddy's arm where all the money goes, and Jesus Christ died for nothing I suppose.' All that stuff about 'Sam Stone', the soldier junkie daddy, and 'Donald and Lydia', where people make love from ten miles away. Nobody but Prine could write like that."

Johnny Cash, in his autobiography Cash, wrote, "I don't listen to music much at the farm, unless I'm going into songwriting mode and looking for inspiration. Then I'll put on something by the writers I've admired and used for years — Rodney Crowell, John Prine, Guy Clark, and the late Steve Goodman are my Big Four ..."

Roger Waters, when asked by Word Magazine in 2008 if he heard Pink Floyd's influence in newer British bands like Radiohead, replied, "I don't really listen to Radiohead. I listened to the albums and they just didn't move me in the way, say, John Prine does. His is just extraordinarily eloquent music — and he lives on that plane with Neil Young and Lennon."

Prine's influence was seen in the work of younger artists whom he often mentored including Jason Isbell, Amanda Shires, Brandi Carlile, Sturgill Simpson, Kacey Musgraves, Margo Price, and Tyler Childers.

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Date: June 2020.

Photo Credits: (1ff) John Prine, (6) Jason Isbell, (7) Gretchen Peters, (8) Mary Gauthier, (9) Neil Nathan, (10) Brandi Carlile, (11) Caitlin Canty, (12) Korby Lenker (unknown/website).

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