Album of the Week: John Prine – John Prine (1971)

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It was with great sadness that we heard of the passing of John Prine last week from the COVID-19 virus. John was a songwriter of the highest quality who told unique stories with wonderful poetic lyricism and great musicality. An icon of the Americana scene he achieved the highest levels in the genre although never broke through to mainstream chart success. Ann Powers wrote a beautiful tribute for NPR. We’ll enjoy tracks from his first and greatest album, the self titled John Prine from 1971. The stories on these songs, ones of thought for the aged (“Hello In There”), the struggles of returning veterans from Vietnam (“Sam Stone”) and perhaps autobiographical resignation (“Quiet Man”) speak to us now as much as fifty years ago. RIP.

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