Pullin’ ‘Tubes: Prine Primer

Even the most casual of music fans can rattle off songs and albums from a number of the more famous singer-songwriters. Then, you have those that are considered “musicians singer-songwriters,” ones that fly slightly under the radar, but are well respected among their peers.

Near the top of that list would probably be John Prine, who has been putting out critically acclaimed albums since 1971 that feature his brand of wryly witty, story-heavy folk songs delivered in his unmistakable laid back vocal style. For those of you unfamiliar with Prine’s music, you’re in luck as two albums, the live In Person & On Stage (out now) and the tribute album Broken Hearts & Dirty Windows (out on June 22), will serve as excellent primers to his large catalog of music for the uninitiated.

Last week, Prine stopped by The Late Show to promote both releases, where he was joined by Yim Yames, who appears on the tribute album with his MMJ band mates along with an impressive roster of contemporary roots-infused acts like Conor Obert & The Mystic Valley Band, Deer Tick, Drive-By Truckers, OCMS and The Avett Brothers. For their appearance the duo traded off verses on All The Best, which originally appeared on 1992’s Grammy winning album The Missing Years

John Prine has a handful of upcoming dates on his docket including high profile appearances at Bonnaroo and the Newport Folk Festivals, so clear some time on your schedules to catch him in action this summer.

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