John Prine Reviews
Dag Nola from Portland, Oregon
MR. MELLOW WITH LOTS OF CURBED SPUNK
Same old, Same old wonderful John Prime. Brought back the old to get it stimulating and introduced the new to continue to believe in his music. I like the toned down spunk as it contained his true mellow soul. His dance toward the end of the show was priceless a soul dance (even though I am sure not spontaneous, wonderful nevertheless).
Jim Stewart from Gearhart, Oregon
JOHN PRINE IS STILL A FORCE OF NATURE
I've made it a point in my life to see/hear John Prine whenever I can. All the superlatives have already been used, but I'll stick with my favorite: he is an American Treasure. I mean, a man who can rhyme "Illinois" with "corduroy" is automatically a genius. In my book, anyway. Last night's show at The Schnitz in Portland was epic. I tried to go in without expectations. John's been seriously ill and really has to pay attention to conserving his voice. I didn't know what to think. But my fears were groundless. His voice was strong and as expressive as it's ever been. The band was nimble and dynamic, never overbearing. The harmonies were tight and the solos were extraordinary. Jason Wiber was the featured guitarist and Dave Jacques played bass. The guy who played fiddle, mandolin, pedal steel, and guitar was amazing. I'm embarrassed because I can't remember his name. I hope John comes around again. I will definitely show up.
Syd from Norfolk, Virginia
PRIME PRINE!! (AGAIN)
Been a longtime fan, and I was excited to drive the 4+ hours from my home in Wilmington NC to Norfolk to attend this show. I really didn't expect the vigor of the old days, but the show Mr. Prine put together was simply stellar. His piano, bass, mando players --- everyone was spot on and nobody ran over anyone else (which is nice, especially when you have an electric on stage!).. So on to the music. Mr. Prine came out with some oldies mixed with the Tree of Forgiveness cuts, and really captured the essence of his soul with 'Come On Home', 'Tree of Forgiveness' and the rest. His solo numbers, with no band backup, were wonderful, and his last number, 'Paradise', an oldie from his breakout album, frankly brought tears to my eyes as I remember pounding on my $100-dollar Alvarez back in the day.... This is a MUST-SEE event for anyone interested in Americana music.
Boe. From Florida from Cincinnati, Ohio
Seeing John for the third time. It still brings me back to the first time I was turned onto him in 1979 in the barracks in Germany when I was in the Army from my friend from Detroit. I loved his music then, and even love it more now. Almost 40 years later. There will never be another John Prine .
Stephen from Dallas, Texas
I came to see John in remembrance of my older brother that died 2 years ago, He was a working musician until mental illness claimed his life. He came off tour one time and gave me a copy of Diamonds in the Rough. He told me, “Since you like Springsteen and Mellencamp, you need to listen to this guy,” I happily obliged and never looked back. I wished he had been here to see Mr. Prine last night. I still listen to “Missing Years” much to the chagrin of many around me that don’t get it. I know that my brother resides down the block inside at 23 Skidoo. I can visit him whenever I listen to John. I saw his face and felt his spirit when John sang “Souvenirs.” It was a good show. I cried and walked back into the world not knowing quite where it would lead me.
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.
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