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Prine at MerleFest, Wilkesboro N.C. (2006)
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Born (1946-10-10) October 10, 1946 (age 72)
Maywood, Illinois United States
Years active1971–present
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John Prine (born October 10, 1946) is an American country folk singer-songwriter. He has been active as a composer, recording artist, and live performer since the early 1970s, and is known for an often humorous style of country music that has elements of protest and social commentary.

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Country folk as a genre label is a rather nebulous one, but one that has been employed often at least since the mid-1970s. For dedicated enthusiasts, the category largely includes the works of contemplative post-Dylan singer-songwriters, who were influenced by his and other late 1960s' and 1970s' artists' country rock sounds, but who, recording slightly later, preferred a gentler, more acoustic-dominant sound that allowed focus on the lyrics. The significant element that distinguishes "country folk" from the "folk" music on Dylan's contemporaries' recordings in the 1960s was the re-admission of country and bluegrass music instrumentation — mandolin, banjo, fiddle, and resophonic and electric steel guitars — into the mix; country rock's success with urban audiences had paved the way for this hybrid. For aficionados, viewing country folk as a subgenre of country is inaccurate, as it is not aimed at a country music audience, in the main.

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Born and raised in Maywood, Illinois, Prine learned to play the guitar at the age of 14. He attended classes at Chicago's Old Town School of Folk Music. [1] After serving in West Germany with the U.S. armed forces, he moved to Chicago in the late 1960s, where he worked as a mailman, writing and singing songs as a hobby.

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Old Town School of Folk Music

The Old Town School of Folk Music is a Chicago teaching and performing institution that launched the careers of many notable folk music artists. Founded by Folk musicians Frank Hamilton and Win Stracke, and Dawn Greening, the School opened in the Old Town neighborhood of Chicago in 1957. It began by offering guitar and banjo lessons in a communal teaching style and hosting performances by well-known folk musicians. Currently the school is led by executive director Bau Graves and has an enrollment of about 6,000 students per week, 2,700 of them children.

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A member of Chicago's folk revival, he was discovered by Kris Kristofferson, resulting in the production of Prine's self-titled debut album with Atlantic Records in 1971. After receiving critical acclaim, Prine focused on his musical career, recording three more albums for Atlantic. He then signed to Asylum Records, where he recorded an additional three albums. In 1984 he co-founded Oh Boy Records, an independent record label with which he would release most of his subsequent albums. After his battle with squamous cell cancer in 1998, Prine's vocals deepened into a gravelly voice.

Kris Kristofferson American country music singer, songwriter, musician, and film actor

Kristoffer Kristofferson is an American singer-songwriter and actor. Among his songwriting credits are the songs "Me and Bobby McGee", "For the Good Times", "Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down", and "Help Me Make It Through the Night", all of which were hits for other artists. Kristofferson composed his own songs and collaborated with Nashville songwriters such as Shel Silverstein. In 1985, Kristofferson joined fellow country artists Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson and Johnny Cash in forming the country music supergroup The Highwaymen, and formed a key creative force in the Outlaw country music movement that eschewed the Nashville music machine in favor of independent songwriting and producing. In 2004, Kristofferson was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. He is also known for his starring roles in Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore, Heaven's Gate, Blade and A Star Is Born, the latter of which earned him a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor.

<i>John Prine</i> (album) 1971 studio album by John Prine

John Prine is the first album by American country/folk singer-songwriter John Prine, issued by Atlantic Records in 1971. In 2003, the album was ranked number 452 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.

Atlantic Records American record label

Atlantic Recording Corporation is an American record label founded in October 1947 by Ahmet Ertegün and Herb Abramson. Over its first 20 years of operation, Atlantic earned a reputation as one of the most important American labels, specializing in jazz, R&B, and soul by Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, Wilson Pickett, Sam and Dave, Ruth Brown and Otis Redding. Its position was greatly improved by its distribution deal with Stax. In 1967, Atlantic became a wholly owned subsidiary of Warner Bros.-Seven Arts, now the Warner Music Group, and expanded into rock and pop music with releases by Led Zeppelin and Yes.

Widely cited as one of the most influential songwriters of his generation, Prine is known for humorous lyrics about love, life, and current events, as well as serious songs with social commentary, or which recollect melancholy tales from his life.

Early life

Prine is the son of William Prine and Verna Hamm. He started playing guitar at age 14, taught by his brother, David. [2] He attended classes at Chicago's Old Town School of Folk Music. [3] Prine attended Proviso East High School in Maywood, Illinois. He was a mailman for five years and served in the Army during the Vietnam War era, serving in Germany, before beginning his musical career in Chicago.

Proviso East High School

Proviso East High School is a public secondary school in Maywood, Illinois which serves the educational needs of Maywood and three other villages within Proviso Township, Cook County, Illinois: Broadview, Forest Park and Melrose Park. It is the original campus of Proviso Township High Schools District 209. Prior to being split into East and Proviso West High School in 1958, East was known as Proviso Township High School. The school is located at the intersection of Madison Street and First Avenue.

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In the late-1960s, while Prine was delivering mail, he began to sing at open mic evenings at the Fifth Peg on Armitage Avenue in Chicago. Prine was initially a spectator, reluctant to perform, but eventually did so in response to a "You think you can do better?" comment made to him by another performer. [4] Chicago Sun-Times movie critic Roger Ebert heard him there and wrote the first review Prine ever received, calling him a great songwriter. [5] He became a central figure in the Chicago folk revival, which also included such singer-songwriters as Steve Goodman, Michael Peter Smith, Bonnie Koloc, Jim Post, Tom Dundee, Anne Hills and Fred Holstein. Joined by such established musicians as Jethro Burns and Bob Gibson, Prine performed frequently at a variety of Chicago clubs—including the Earl of Old Town, the Quiet Knight, Dangling Conversation, Somebody Else's Troubles, The Fifth Peg, and the Bulls.

Open mic Live show at a variety of different clubs

An open mic or open mike is a live show at a coffeehouse, nightclub, comedy club, strip club, institution or pub at which audience members who are amateur performers or professionals who want to try out new material or plug an upcoming show are given the opportunity to perform onstage. Typically, as the name suggests, the performer is provided with a microphone which is plugged into a PA system, to make the individual's performance loud enough for the audience to hear. Often the performers sign up in advance for a time slot with the host or master of ceremonies, typically an experienced performer or the venue manager or owner. The master of ceremonies may screen potential candidates for suitability for the venue and give individuals a time to perform in the show. These events are focused on performance arts like poetry and spoken word, music, and comedy. Less commonly, small groups, such as a small rock band duo/trio or a comedy duo may appear. Group performances are uncommon, because of the space and the logistics of loading in and soundchecking such a group. In strip club terms, amateur night is a contest for everyday women and men who compete for a cash prize by taking their clothes off just like everyday strippers.

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In 1971 Prine's self-titled debut album was released. He and friend Steve Goodman had each been active in the Chicago folk scene before being "discovered" by Kris Kristofferson (Kristofferson remarked that Prine wrote songs so good that "we'll have to break his thumbs"). [6] The album included his signature songs "Illegal Smile," "Sam Stone," and the folk and country standards "Angel from Montgomery" and "Paradise." The album also featured "Hello In There," a song about aging that was later covered by numerous artists, and "Far From Me", a lonely waltz about lost love for a waitress that Prine later said was his favorite of all his songs. The album received many positive reviews, and some hailed Prine as "the next Dylan." Bob Dylan himself appeared unannounced at one of Prine's first New York City club appearances, anonymously backing him on harmonica.

"Sam Stone" is a song written by John Prine about a drug-addicted veteran with a Purple Heart and his death by overdose. It appeared on Prine's eponymous 1971 debut album. The song was originally titled "Great Society Conflict Veteran's Blues".

"Angel from Montgomery" is a song written by John Prine, originally appearing on his self-titled 1971 album John Prine.

"Paradise" is a song written by John Prine for his father, and recorded for his 1971 debut album, John Prine. Prine also re-recorded the song for his 1986 album, German Afternoons. The song is about the devastating impact of strip mining for coal, whereby the top layers of soil are blasted off with dynamite or dug away with steam shovels to reach the coal seam below. The song is also about what happened to the area around the Green River in Kentucky because of strip mining. The song references the Peabody Coal Company, and a town called Paradise in Muhlenberg County, Kentucky, where the Tennessee Valley Authority now operates a coal-fired electric generating station. The area has suffered serious economic downturn because of the decline of coal mining, caused mainly by the abundance of natural gas; TVA has converted two of the three units at Paradise to gas, and wants to do likewise with the third.

Prine's second album, Diamonds In The Rough (1972), was a surprise for many after the critical success of his first LP; it was an uncommercial, stripped-down affair that reflected Prine's fondness for bluegrass music and features songs reminiscent of Hank Williams. Highlights include the allegorical "The Great Compromise," which includes a recitation and addresses the Vietnam War, and the ballad "Souvenirs," which Prine later recorded with Goodman.

Subsequent albums include Sweet Revenge (1973), containing such fan favorites as "Dear Abby," "Grandpa Was a Carpenter," and "Christmas in Prison," and Common Sense (1975), with "Come Back to Us Barbara Lewis Hare Krishna Beauregard". The latter album was Prine's first to be charted in the US Top 100 by Billboard , reflecting growing commercial success. It was produced by Steve Cropper. Many veteran Prine fans view the release of 1978's Bruised Orange as a creative highpoint.[ citation needed ] The Steve Goodman-produced album gave listeners songs such as "The Hobo Song," "Sabu Visits the Twin Cities Alone," and the title track.

In 1974, singer David Allan Coe achieved considerable success on the country charts with "You Never Even Called Me By My Name", co-written by Prine and Goodman. The song good-naturedly spoofs stereotypical country music lyrics. Prine refused to take a songwriter's credit and the tune went to Goodman, although Goodman bought Prine a jukebox as a gift from his publishing royalties. [7]

In 1975, Prine toured the U.S. and Canada with a full band featuring guitarist Arlen Roth. As of 2014, this has been Prine's only tour with a full band.

The 1979 album Pink Cadillac features two songs produced by Sun Records founder Sam Phillips, who by this time rarely did any studio work. The first song, "Saigon," is about a Vietnam vet traumatized by the war ("The static in my attic's gettin' ready to blow"). During the recording, one of the guitar amps blew up (which is evident on the album track). The other song Phillips produced is "How Lucky," about Prine's hometown.


Prine continued writing and recording albums throughout the 1980s and formed his own record label, Oh Boy Records. His songs continued to be covered by other artists; the country supergroup The Highwaymen recorded "The Twentieth Century Is Almost Over," which had been written by Prine and Goodman. Steve Goodman died of leukemia in 1984 and Prine continues to perform many of Goodman's songs in concert to this day, such as "My Old Man."


In 1991, Prine released the Grammy Award-winning The Missing Years, his first collaboration with producer and Heartbreakers bassist Howie Epstein. The title song records Prine's humorous take on what Jesus did in the unrecorded years between his childhood and ministry. In 1995, Lost Dogs and Mixed Blessings was released, another collaboration with Epstein. Prine followed in 1999 with In Spite of Ourselves , which was unusual for him in that it contained only one original song; the rest were covers of classic country songs. All of the tracks are duets with well-known female country vocalists, including Lucinda Williams, Emmylou Harris, Dolores Keane, and Iris DeMent.


In 2001 Prine co-starred in the Billy Bob Thornton movie Daddy & Them . "In Spite of Ourselves" can be heard as the end credits roll.

Prine recorded a version of Stephen Foster's "My Old Kentucky Home" in 2004 for the compilation album Beautiful Dreamer , which won the Grammy for Best Traditional Folk Album in 2004.

In 2005, Prine released his first all-new offering since Lost Dogs and Mixed Blessings, the album Fair & Square , which tended toward a more laid-back, acoustic approach. The album contains songs such as "Safety Joe," about a man who has never taken any risks in his life, and also "Some Humans Ain't Human," Prine's protest piece on the album, which talks about the ugly side of human nature and includes a quick shot at President George W. Bush. Fair & Square won the 2005 Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Folk Album. The album contains original songs plus two covers: A.P. Carter's "Bear Creek Blues" and Blaze Foley's "Clay Pigeons."


On June 22, 2010, Oh Boy Records released a tribute album titled Broken Hearts and Dirty Windows: The Songs of John Prine . The album features members of the modern folk revival including My Morning Jacket, The Avett Brothers, Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band, Old Crow Medicine Show, Lambchop, Josh Ritter, Drive-By Truckers, Nickel Creek's Sara Watkins, Deer Tick featuring Liz Isenberg, Justin Townes Earle, Those Darlins, and Bon Iver's Justin Vernon. [8]

In 2016, Prine was named winner of the PEN/Song Lyrics Award, given to two songwriters every other year by the PEN New England chapter. The 2016 award was shared with Tom Waits and his songwriting collaborator wife Kathleen Brennan. Judges for the award included Peter Wolf, Rosanne Cash, Paul Simon, Elvis Costello and others, as well as literary judge Salman Rushdie. [9] In 2016, Prine released For Better, or Worse , a follow-up to In Spite of Ourselves from 1999. The album featured country music covers featuring some of the most prominent female voices in the genre including Alison Krauss, Miranda Lambert, Kacey Musgraves and Lee Ann Womack among others, as well as Iris DeMent, the only artist to be featured on both albums.

On March 15, 2017 The American Currents exhibit opened at the Country Music Hall of Fame. The exhibit featured a pair of cowboy boots and jacket that he often wore on stage, his personal guitar and the original handwritten lyric to his hit, "Angel From Montgomery." The American Currents Class of 2016 showcased artists who made a significant impact on country music in 2016, including Jason Aldean, Kelsea Ballerini, Ross Copperman, The Earls of Leicester, Brett Eldredge, Florida Georgia Line, Mickey Guyton, Natalie Hemby, Sierra Hull, Jason Isbell, Miranda Lambert, Jim Lauderdale, Shane McAnally, Lori McKenna, William Michael Morgan, Maren Morris, Jon Pardi, Dolly Parton, Margo Price, John Prine, RaeLynn, Chris and Morgane Stapleton and Randy Travis. Prine won his second Artist of the Year award at the 2017 Americana Music Honors & Awards after previously winning in 2005.

On February 8, 2018, Prine announced his first new album of original material in 13 years, titled The Tree of Forgiveness , would be released on April 13. Produced by Dave Cobb, the album was released on Prine's own Oh Boy Records and features guest artists Jason Isbell, Amanda Shires, Dan Auerbach and Brandi Carlile. Alongside the announcement, Prine released the track "Summer's End". [10] The album became Prine's highest-charting album on the Billboard 200. [11]

Personal life

In early 1998, Prine was diagnosed with squamous cell cancer on the right side of his neck. He had major surgery to remove a substantial amount of diseased tissue, followed by six weeks of radiation therapy. [12] The surgery removed a piece of his neck and severed a few nerves in his tongue, while the radiation damaged some salivary glands. A year of recuperation and speech therapy was necessary before he could perform again. [13] The operation altered his vocals, and has added a gravelly tone to his voice. [14]

In 2013, Prine learned he had cancer in his left lung and underwent surgery to remove it. After the surgery, a physical therapist put him through an unusual workout to build stamina: Prine was required to run up and down his house stairs, grab his guitar while still out of breath and sing two songs. Six months later, he was touring again. [15]

Prine currently resides in Nashville with his third wife, Fiona Whelan. They have three children, stepson Jody Whelan, Tommy and Jack. Prine also has residences in Gulfport, Florida, and Galway, Ireland.


Prine is widely regarded as one of the most influential songwriters of his generation.

In 2009, Bob Dylan told The Huffington Post that Prine was one of his favorite writers, stating "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. 'Sam Stone' featuring the wonderfully evocative line: 'There’s a hole in daddy's arm where all the money goes, and Jesus Christ died for nothing I suppose.' [16] All that stuff about "Sam Stone," the soldier junkie daddy, and "Donald and Lydia", where people make love from ten miles away. Nobody but Prine could write like that." [17]

Johnny Cash, in his autobiography Cash, wrote, "I don't listen to music much at the farm, unless I'm going into songwriting mode and looking for inspiration. Then I'll put on something by the writers I've admired and used for years--Rodney Crowell, John Prine, Guy Clark, and the late Steve Goodman are my Big Four..." [18]

Roger Waters, when asked by Word Magazine in 2008 if he heard Pink Floyd's influence in newer British bands like Radiohead, replied, "I don't really listen to Radiohead. I listened to the albums and they just didn't move me in the way, say, John Prine does. His is just extraordinarily eloquent music—and he lives on that plane with Neil Young and Lennon." [19]

2004 saw Prine's song "Sam Stone" covered by Laura Cantrell for the Future Soundtrack for America compilation.

Awards and honors

In 2005, at the request of U.S. Poet Laureate Ted Kooser, John Prine became the first singer/songwriter to read and perform at the Library of Congress. [20] In October and November 2018, Prine was nominated for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame. In January 2019, he was announced as one of the inductees for the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

Association for Independent Music (AFIM)

YearAwardNominated WorksResult
1991AFIM Indie Award for Folk MusicThe Missing YearsWon
1992AFIM Indie Award for Video of the Year"Picture Show"Won
1993AFIM Indie Award for Best Seasonal MusicA John Prine ChristmasWon
1995AFIM Indie Award for Rock MusicLost Dogs and Mixed BlessingsWon
1995AFIM Indie Award for Short Form Video"Ain't Hurtin' Nobody"Won

Grammy Awards

YearAwardNominated WorksResult
1973Best New ArtistJohn PrineNominated
1986Best Contemporary Folk RecordingGerman AfternoonsNominated
1992Best Contemporary Folk AlbumThe Missing YearsWon
1998Best Contemporary Folk AlbumLive On TourNominated
2006Best Contemporary Folk AlbumFair & SquareWon
2015Hall of Fame AwardJohn PrineWon

Americana Music Honors & Awards

YearAwardNominated WorksResult
2003Lifetime Achievement Award for SongwritingJohn PrineWon
2005Artist of the YearWon
2019Song of the Year"Summer's End"Pending
Album of the Year The Tree of Forgiveness Pending

Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame

Nominated WorksResult
2003Hall of Fame InductionJohn PrineWon

UK's BBC Radio 2

YearAwardNominated WorksResult
2003Lifetime Achievement Award for SongwritingJohn PrineWon

PEN/Song Lyrics Award

YearAwardNominated WorksResults
2016PEN/Song Lyrics AwardJohn PrineWon

International Bluegrass Music Awards

YearAwardNominated WorksResults
2008Recorded Event of the YearStandard Songs for Average PeopleNominated



YearAlbumPeak chart positionsLabel
US Country
US Indie
US Rock
US Folk
1971 John Prine 154 Atlantic
1972 Diamonds in the Rough 148
1973 Sweet Revenge 135
1975 Common Sense 66
1976 Prime Prine: The Best of John Prine 196
1978 Bruised Orange 116 Asylum
1979 Pink Cadillac 152
1980 Storm Windows 144
1984 Aimless Love Oh Boy
1986 German Afternoons
1988 John Prine Live
1991 The Missing Years
1993 Great Days: The John Prine Anthology Rhino
A John Prine Christmas Oh Boy
1995 Lost Dogs and Mixed Blessings 159
1997 Live on Tour
1999 In Spite of Ourselves 19721
2000 Souvenirs
2005 Fair & Square 552
2007 Standard Songs for Average People
(with Mac Wiseman)
2010In Person & On Stage85271
2011Singing Mailman Delivers9420224
2016 For Better, or Worse 30275
2018 The Tree of Forgiveness 52221

Guest singles

YearSingleArtistPeak positionsAlbum
US Country
1992"Sweet Suzanne"Buzzin' Cousins68 Falling from Grace soundtrack
2013"Yes We Will" Maria Doyle Kennedy -Sing


2001 John Prine – Live from Sessions at West 54th Oh Boy Records Music Video

Music videos

1992"Picture Show" [26] Jim Shea
"Sweet Suzanne" (Buzzin' Cousins) Marty Callner
1993"Speed Of The Sound Of Loneliness" (featuring Nanci Griffith) Rocky Schenck
1995"Ain't Hurtin' Nobody" [27] Jim Shea
2016"Fish and Whistle (Lyric Video)" [28] Northman Creative
2016"I'm Telling You" [29]
(featuring Holly Williams)
Joshua Britt and Neilson Hubbard
2016"Color of the Blues" featuring Susan Tedeschi [30] Joshua Britt and Neilson Hubbard
2017"Sweet Revenge" [31] Oh Boy Records
2017"In Spite of Ourselves" [32] Oh Boy Records
2018"The Road to 'The Tree of Forgiveness'" [33] Oh Boy Records
2018"Knockin' On Your Screen Door" [34] David McClister
2018"Knockin' On Your Screen Door (Lyric Video)" [35] David McClister
2018"God Only Knows (Lyric Video)" [36] Joshua Britt and Neilson Hubbard
2018"Summer's End" [37] Kerrin Sheldon and Elaine McMillion Sheldon
2018"Summer's End (Lyric Video)" [38] Oh Boy Records
2018"When I Get to Heaven (Lyric Video)" [39] Oh Boy Records
2018"Egg & Daughter Nite, Lincoln, Nebraska, 1967 (Crazy Bone)" [40] Oh Boy Records
2019"My Old Kentucky Home, Goodnight" [41] Oh Boy Records

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Preceded by
Billy Joe Shaver
AMA Lifetime Achievement Award for Songwriting
Succeeded by
Cowboy Jack Clement
Preceded by
Loretta Lynn
AMA Artist of the Year
Succeeded by
Neil Young