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Country community mourns Prine

Wednesday, April 8, 2020 – The country music world is mourning the loss of one of America's greatest songwriters, John Prine.

Prine, who combined folk and country sounds amidst his songs detailed life of common people, recorded with such artists as Kacey Musgraves,. His songs were covered by the likes of George Strait and Miranda Lambert.

Margo Price, who sang with Prine at Newport Folk Festival and recorded "Unwed Fathers," with him last year, said, "It hurts so bad to read the news. I am gutted. My hero is gone. My friend is gone. We'll love you forever John Prine."

"Thank you for everything. One and only," Lambert tweeted. She covered Prine's "That's the Way the World Goes Round" in a revved up version. She also sang "Cold, Cold Heart" with Prine on his 2016 album "For Better or Worse, featuring Prine with an array of female country singers.

Kacey Musgraves, who recorded "Mental Cruelty" on "For Better or Worse," simply said "Heartbroken" on Twitter.

Bruce Springsteen expressed his feelings as well. "Over here on E Street, we are crushed by the loss of John Prine. John and I were "New Dylans" together in the early 70s and he was never anything but the lovliest guy in the world. A true national treasure and a songwriter for the ages. We send our love and prayers to his family."

LeeAnn Womack wrote, "John, thank you for sharing your gift with so many around the world. I'm especially grateful for the joy you've brought to our family. We all love you. Extending our prayers of comfort to yours." She sang "Storms Never Last" and "Fifteen Years Ago" on "For Better or Worse."

British singer Graham Parker tweeted, "Diamonds In The Rough was a crucial inspirational ingredient for kicking my songwriting into gear. Thanks so much, John, RIP."

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For Better, Or Worse CD review - For Better, Or Worse
With "For Better or Worse," John Prine follows up his "In Spite of Ourselves" album with more male/female duets. And this one is a true A-list effort, as it finds Prine trading lines with the likes of Miranda Lambert, Kacey Musgraves and Alison Krauss. Once again, though, Iris DeMent steals the show with the angry and sarcastic "Who's Gonna Take the Garbage Out," the same way she did with the prior album's title cut. She's a worthy sparring partner, »»»
In Person & On Stage CD review - In Person & On Stage
John Prine holds a well-deserved spot in the songwriters' pantheon. So, it's always a bit disappointing when a new Prine release isn't stocked with new Prine songs. After producing 7 albums between 1971-1980, he has only made a handful of albums of originals since then, although he has done a couple covers projects, the "Souvenirs" re-recordings album, a Christmas disc and now his third live album. That said, there are bountiful joys in listening to Prine performing »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: The Lil Smokies provide the perfect antidote – On a night when the world to be falling further apart thanks to coronavirus (this would be the night the NBA postponed the season), there stood The Lil Smokies to at least in some small measure save the day. The quintet is part of a generation of musicians with bluegrass as the basis, but not totally the sum of the music either.... »»»
Concert Review: White makes the case for himself, no matter how dark the music – John Paul White opined with a glint in his eyes that his songs were not of the uplifting variety. In fact, they were downright dark. How else to explain "The Long Way" with the line "long way home back to you." Or "James," a song inspired by his grandfather who suffered from dementia. But lest you think that the Alabama... »»»
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