Hank from Indianapolis, Indiana
I first saw John Prine in 1978. This show was epic. He is the classic showman. A pleasing blend of his new release and past greats. His solo mix mid show was bonding and warming. The fans who thought they were cute and funny with their need for special requests were annoying as hell. You’re stupid. Prine’s putdown to them was. “Go to McDonald’s if you to order” was classic. Great show from a true entertainer. Keep on keepin on my man
Steve Fagan from Indianapolis, Indiana
PRINE STILL STRONG AT 72
i am a long-time Prine fan, but I am also a realist and not much of a mindless fawner over any of my favorite entertainers. I don't just will-nilly hand out glowing reviews and I have to say that I cam to the John Prine concert at Clowes Hall on the campus of Butler University in Indianapolis oh May 12 expect to see a Prine sufferring the symptoms of age and his bout with cancer. The last time I saw hin, his was the opening act fo the Avett Brothers at Red Rocks outiside of Denver more than two years ago and he's been through a lot since then. But, Prine performance at Clowes was not in the least bit dimnished by time or his health. OK, he wasn't the Prine I first saw back in the early 70s, but his voice and his energy where both still very stong for the Clowes performance. He thrilled the audience with a mix of some of his really wonderful old tunes such as Hello In There, Sam Stone, and Angel From Montgomery and songs from Tree of Forgiveness -- his first new album ih 13 years .
Dirk V from Chicago, Illinois
AGED BUT STILL GOING STRONG.
I travelled from Toronto to attend the Chicago show April 27, 2018. This excellent venue was sold out and anxious for the show. As usual John Prine introduced us to some music we would probably never experience through warm up act , Milk Carton Boys. They were a cross between Simon and Garfunkle and the Smothers Brothers when they were at their best. Very skilled guitarists and singers. The Prine show was really great. The gravelly voice was evident but didn't deter anyone from enjoying the show. Great song selection and one fantastic band. If John Prine is in your vicinity get to the show while he is still performing so well. One unfortunate distraction was the catcalling from the audience, mostly at inappropriate times. One woman in particular should have been escorted out of the facility.
Dave Sennett from Syracuse, New York
TREE OF FORGIVENESS
Prine is the man !!!! I’m 55 years old 260 pounds of big bald man... He made me cry... love ya John
Ron Long from Durham, North Carolina
Durham got to experience a master Friday night. John Prine was simply outstanding! He had the concert-goers in the palm of his hand. The songs, the band and John’s song list was masterful. Sound was superb and what an addition with Fats playing “everything” to use John’s description. Do not miss this concert, a must see while he is performing so well. Thank you John for the evening, keep on trucking man!
Tim Triplett from Slidell, Louisiana
JOHN PRINE, FEBRUARY 2, 2028
The story I heard was that John Prine’s older brother taught him three chords and he never bothered to learn anymore. That’s certainly an exaggeration but he has arpeggiated those three chords into a 50 year career. Last night at the beautiful Orpheum Theater, in downtown New Orleans, it seemed like it was cold and rainy outside and I was sitting in my living room,with a fire, reminiscing with old friends; those friends were songs from Prine’s 50 year old catalogue. He started with Aimless Love then played the meat from Fair and Square. Then it was back and forth through time for the rest of the evening. I tend to get wordy with these things so I want to, briefly, point out the highlights . Margo Price was strong and clever as she opened, backed by her husband. She joined John later in the show for classics In Spite Of Ourselves and Unwed Fathers. Multi musician Fats Kaplin is a new addition to the band introduced as having come aboard for the last couple of shows. He played mandolin, guitars, acoustic and electric, pedal steel, violin and a button accordion in deference to the Cajun heritage in the audience. They played Bruised Orange with Fats backing on that squeeze box; it was different, it was nice. So JP pulled from that aforementioned 50 year old song list to a point that he seemed he was going to play them all. He paused, though, to sing a couple of new ones from the album due out in a couple of months. A friend described the song about Pluto’s humiliation as “Prine ish”. The chorus is the best part of the song and it is catchy and, you know, “Prine ish”. He has, however, written a Grammy contender with “Summer’s End”. Taken in it’s proper context, imho, this song is a beautiful plea for a loved one to “come on home”. As he has done so many times in those last 50 years, John has nailed an emotion that we all have, or will have, encountered in our lives. To ask a loved one, or be invited by a loved one, to “come on home”. Thanks again JP, thanks for the soul.
Peter Parrish from Los Angeles, California
HOLDING HIS OWN IN LALA TOWN
John Prine is a world treasure. I don't know a country talent that combines song writing, picking and vocals in one talent -- than he. I have followed him from the late '80s. Sam Stone, Hello in There, Magnolia Wind, the Speed of Sound of Lonliness -- Iris Dement, Bonnie Raitt. I have followed his voice down at least one octave. I don't understand how he is able to mix the poignant, humorous and off-kilter so artfully. I saw him at the John Ford Anson theater in LA 10/1. I can check off one more from my BL.slide into our sunset Not many of us get to do what we love doing as we set our angle of repose.
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