Bill Flanagan: How about John Prine?Highly esteemed songwriter John Prine plays The Beach at Governors Island on Friday, September 10th with Todd Snider. Tickets are on sale now (both seated and standing tickets).
Bob Dylan: 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. All that stuff about "Sam Stone" the soldier junky daddy and "Donald and Lydia," where people make love from ten miles away. Nobody but Prine could write like that. If I had to pick one song of his, it might be "Lake Marie." I don't remember what album that's on.
Earlier this year, some of Prine's fans (Deer Tick, Josh Ritter, Conor Oberst, Drive By Truckers, Those Darlins and My Morning Jacket included) put out a record of his songs, Broken Hearts & Dirty Windows (it's still streaming here). Prine performed with MMJ's Jim James on Letterman in May; that video is posted again below.
Prine released his own album in 2010, a live collection entitled In Person & On Stage. Before his show at the Beach, Prine plays Newport Folk Festival on Saturday, July 31st, and has a sold-out performance at Tarrytown Music Hall on August 1st. He has tour dates throughout August and September in Canada and the US.
Those dates and videos plus an epic, nine-minute version of Bob's favorite, "Lake Marie," are below...
John Prine with Yim Yames of My Morning Jacket - "All The Best" 5/26 Letterman
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John Prine - 2010 Tour Dates
Sat 07/31 Newport, RI Newport Folk Festival @ Fort Adams State Park
Sun 08/01 Tarrytown, NY Tarrytown Music Hall Jason Wilber
Fri 08/06 Regina, SK (Canada) Regina Folk Festival at Victoria Park
Sun 08/08 Edmonton, AB (Canada) Edmonton Folk Music Festival at Gallagher Park
Sun 08/15 Lyons, CO Rocky Mountain Folks Festival
Tue 08/17 Grand Junction, CO Avalon Theatre #
Thu 08/19 Salt Lake City, UT Red Butte Garden #
Sat 08/21 Boise, ID Eagle River Pavilion
Fri 09/10 New York City, NY The Beach at Governers Island @
Sat 09/11 Reading, PA Sovereign Performing Arts Center
Fri 09/17 Madison, WI Overture Center $
Sat 09/18 Eau Claire WI State Theatre $
Mon 09/20 Manitowoc, WI Capitol Civic Center $
Tue 09/21 Wausau, WI Grand Theatre $
Thu 09/23 Duluth, MN DECC Auditorium $
Sat 09/25 Minneapolis, MN Orpheum Theater $
# w/ Carrie Rodriguez
@ w/ Todd Snider
$ w/ Pieta Brown