Prine's mischief shined in songs like "Illegal Smile", which he swore wasn't about marijuana; "Spanish Pipedream", about a topless waitress with "something up her sleeve;" and "Dear Abby", in which Prine imagines the advice columnist getting fed up with whiners and hypochondriacs. "So many memorable songs".
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Prine's off-hand charisma made him a natural for movies.
A mid-2010s Bitter Southerner feature on John Prine offers an incredible look into, as author Jonathan Bernstein writes, "one of the wittiest, sweetest, most talented musicians alive". All stories linked in the newsletter are free to access. She said the couple were quarantined and isolated from each other.
"I am an old woman named after my mother".
John Prine, the singer-songwriter behind such classics as "Angel From Montgomery", has passed away at age 73.
Bruce Springsteen said, "Over here on E Street, we are crushed by the loss of John Prine".
Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum CEO Kyle Young called Prine "a walking, grinning argument for human beings as a pretty good species". "We'll love you forever John Prine". John's mind was a treasure chest, open to us all.
The debut John Prine album was released in 1971 and contained several songs which are now considered standards, such as "Angel From Montgomery" and "Hello In There", alongside such harrowing fare as "Sam Stone" and the song that Prine himself often mentioned as a favourite, "Far From Me". He showed me how to "let it rip" when it comes to songwriting. "Rather than me saying, 'Hey, so here's a middle-aged woman". My heart and love go out to Fiona and all the family. "His talent, perhaps genius, is that he can view the world from his characters' perspectives, get into those characters' inner monologues, and give them the respect - even love - they deserve". A 2007 release, Standard Songs for Average People, meanwhile, was a collaboration with bluegrass artist Mac Wiseman.
Lambert, who covered "That's the Way the World Goes Round", posted a photo of herself with her hero and wrote, "Thank you for everything".
The aforementioned stars are among many others who've taken to social media to mourn Prine's passing and share loving tributes in the wake of his death. To the Bitter Southerner, DeMent once admitted that she "thought twice, to put it mildly", about recording the song: "I told him I wouldn't record the song as long as my mom were alive", she recalled, "but I broke my word, and I did it anyway".