Giveaway: Signed John Prine CD!

Contests, Features, Music — By on December 12, 2010 4:46 pm

UPDATE: Congratulations to Mr. Cannon, the lucky fan who won the signed John Prine CD. Enjoy, Steve!

Hey all you Prineites out there (yes, we’re all about inventing music-fan nomenclature) this is it. We’re giving away a copy of John Prine’s latest CD, the live compilation John Prine In Person & On Stage signed by Mr. Prine himself.

Drop us a line (comment or email) with your favorite Prine memory, story, album, song or whatever and we’ll choose a winner at random next week. Remember to include your contact info.

In the meantime, enjoy this performance of “Lake Marie” from Elvis Costello’s “Spectacle” musical talk show. After that, check out our review of Prine’s CD from back in June:

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John Prine is a national treasure. No one writes and sings quite like he does. His wry, poetic genius spills over with the precise amount of irreverence needed to pull his fans through hard times. One line can be the funniest thing in the world, followed by a quietly heartbreaking image. His smiling voice, especially now, is a reassuring aural companion.

If you’ve never seen Prine in concert, In Person & On Stage is the next best thing to being there.

Near the end of “The Bottomless Lake”, Prine tells the audience, “After years and years of writing story songs, I’ve learned one thing: If you’re writing a story song, you’d better have a darn good ending to it. If you don’t, then you’d better have a good moral to the story. [Pause.] Here’s the moral to the story.” Prine’s genius exists in its absolute and honest simplicity.

Culled from performances spanning the past several years with his band (Jason Wilbur, guitar; Dave Jacques, bass), and including songs stretching back to his 1971 debut, Prine is joined by Iris Dement on the eccentric and hilarious “In Spite of Ourselves” and on the brutally sad “Unwed Fathers.” Emmylou Harris’s contribution is radiant and rapturous on the classic “Angel from Montgomery,” and Nickel Creek’s Sara Watkins contributes to the haunting version of “The Late John Garfield Blues.” Josh Ritter’s emotional accompaniment on “Mexican Home” sums up Prine’s influence on the next generation of singer/songwriters.

From the galloping and sunshiny “Glory of True Love” to the sad irony of “Paradise,” (the mandolin, guitar, and fiddle of Kane Welch Kaplin is pure heaven) Prine covers quite a bit of emotional ground. If that weren’t enough, Prine’s own spoken observations and commentary between songs are worth the price of admission.

These are recorded moments to be cherished for generations.

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7 Comments

  1. Bill Frater says:

    Prine is a real treasure. I have seen him perform live many times, both before and after his throat surgery. Amazingly, he’s gotten better since the incident although I believe the “keys” to songs in his excellent catalog have dropped since his surgery. Ask your guitar-playing friends to explain if you don’t know what I mean.

  2. I remember my first experience listening to Mr. Prine, I was just getting into Bob Dylan, and I heard ‘Sam Stone,’ ‘Yes I Guess They Oughta Name A Drink After You’ (the ultimate party song), and of course ‘Donald And Lydia.’ It made a good impression on a rather impressionable teenager just starting to expand his horizons musically!!!

  3. Jack says:

    My best memory is seeing a friend of mine performing covers of several of John Prine’s songs at an outdoor summer festival and everyone dancing and having a great time. John’s songs are reaching a new generation and I love his music. Cheers!

  4. ro says:

    “Angel from Montgomery” = best song in the world!

  5. John says:

    Many fine memories. Maybe the finest was sitting front row center (thank you pre-sale!) at Austin’s Paramount theater, eyes closed, listening to Mr. Prine and company perform. Jason and Dave. Wow. Then there was the time at ACL fest. And the time in Houston where he closed for Iris DeMent. And the first time in Helotes. And the other time at the Paramount. And the time at UT’s Bass Hall.

  6. hans says:

    A true American songwriter and artist. Just think of how many John Prine songs have been sung around a campfire. I’ve seen him many times over the years and have never failed to be impressed with his connection to the audience. He also does more with three chords than just about any other artist.

    My favorite memory actually involves him telling a story about his friend Steve Goodman (there was a pair) after he (Prine) had to stop to change a broken string. As Prine told the story, Goodman had broken a string in the middle of a song and continued to play around the broken string and sing a little ditty while replacing the broken string (I actually saw Goodman do this as well). Prine noted, as he was finishing up his string replacement, that his good friend Stevie was too shy to make any claims on his musicianship but he made sure all of his friends saw him make replace a string without stopping the show. Prine just shook his head and smiled at the memory of his friend, then a few years gone. It was a very humorous and human moment.

  7. Marshall says:

    My senior year in college, I fell hard for my first love. She dumped me and we spent months breaking up and getting back together.
    A friend had given me a copy of “The Missing Years” and I played that cassette until it was nearly worn out.
    “All the Best” helped get me through those months, which included vomiting because I was such an emotional wreck in relation to this woman.
    “I wish you don’t do as I do. Don’t fall in love with someone like you.”

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