@SnuffySmiff Having only recently discovered John Prine you have a real treat ahead of you. You’ve got so much to discover, and it’s worth every minute of the journey. You will find songs that are slow, or arranged in a way that makes them not one of your favorites, and then find a different version that is done differently and you will hear and experience it in a completely new way.
John Prine is one of the great American songwriters and treasures. His humor and amazingly unique outlook and perspective of life and the world, put into song and story, is like no other.
Something I read a long time ago, which I can’t find now but I will keep looking for, really endeared him to me and has stuck with me all these years.
Growing up in Kentucky, he hadn’t had much experience with the world yet, and was kinda’ innocent.and naive.
When he first started playing in bars etc, he didn’t know that bands would play the same cover songs each night or weekend. He didn’t know that’s how it was and people didn’t mind hearing the same songs over and over again.
So not only was he playing all his own original songs he had written instead of cover songs, he would go back to his room at the end of the night and write an entire new set of songs for the next night or weekend he was playing again.
Prine still remembers the first three songs he performed on any stage: “Sam Stone,” “Hello in There,” and “Paradise.” With humility, he recalls, “I sang those three songs and people just sat there and looked at me. I thought, ‘Wow, those are really bad.’ They wouldn’t even applaud.”
Prine won his first Grammy for the 1991 album, The Missing Years , and he joined the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2003. The Grammy Hall of Fame inducted his 1971 self-titled debut album in 2014.
Two years later he accepted the PEN New England’s Song Lyrics of Literary Excellence Award. At the age of 70, he was named Artist of the Year by the Americana Music Association in 2017.