John Prine, US folk and country songwriter, dies aged 73 due to Covid-19 complications…

I have no idea if the name John Prine resonates with many out there is Slugger Land.

But it did with the Boss

Prine was one of those rare princes, never seriously considered for mass production.

Or consumption.

His music, and lyrics, are difficult to categorise.  Country? Folk?  Who knows? Who cares?

But anyone who could write

“I was drunk the day my mom got out of prison

 and I went to pick her up in the rain. 

But before I could get to the station in my pickup truck,

she got runned over by a damned ol’ train”

is beyond duplication or parody.

For those unfamiliar with Prines work a good place to start might be his under-rated 1988 double album, John Prine Live

So Mr Prine has cashed his check.  But we the living can still check him out.

YouTube video

MERLEFEST 2006 – JOHN PRINE” by Kingsnake is licensed under CC BY-SA

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