John Prine should need no introduction, he shouldn’t need someone to put him in some kind of context, and he certainly shouldn’t be compared to any other singer-songwriter working today. The fact that this Grammy winning artist isn’t top of the Nashville pop charts is a cause for consternation. His new record won’t win him any more new converts but it (along with the DVD release of “Live On Soundstage 1980″) will cement his place in the pantheon of great American singer-songwriters.
Country great Mac Wiseman joins John Prine on this new record of standards performed as duets cleverly titled Standard Songs For Average People. Under Mac’s influence this may be as close to pure honky tonk as the genre blurring John Prine has ever come. The folks at John’s label, Oh Boy Records, are notoriously stingy when it comes to new media and that’s why I’m kinda proud to bring you this free and legal promo mp3 from the new record courtesy of the label and it’s pr company. You can preorder this April 24th release here.
Pistol Packin’ Mama (sorry I take it back, the Prine folks just changed their minds)
Here’s one of John Prine’s best songs, “Lake Marie”, performed in 2004 just after he had a good chuck of his neck removed along with a a small tumor followed by nine months of chemo. It’s one of the most “heroic” performances of any song you’ll ever see (all nine minutes of it!).
“Let’s Invite Them Over” (w/Iris Dement)
And for all the hipsters who still occasionally check in here. Bright Eyes covering the John Prine classic “Crazy As a Loon”. Listen for the amusing young hipster dialog at about the two minute mark, it’s classic. Hipster #1: “Crazy as a what?”, Hipster #2: “A loon.”, Hipster #1: “What’s that?”, Hipster #2: “I think it’s a person.”
John Prine explains the genesis of and performs “Angel From Montgomery” in front of an idyllic pastoral backdrop.