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."