John Prine (Maywood, Illinois, October 10, 1946) is a singer-songwriter American with a broad success, both critical and audience, since the 1970s folk and country music.
His parents were William Prine and Verna Hamm. His grandfather had been a guitarist Merle Travis and Prine began as a guitarist at fourteen. For five years he worked as a postman and made service military of his musical career in Chicago.
Their first album, simply titled John Prine, was a great success. The album features characteristic of Prine as “Illegal Smile”, “Sam Stone” and the newgrass “Paradise”, as well as “Hello In There,” a song about ageing which has later been interpreted by many artists classic themes. The success of the album, which received very positive reviews, made Prine was hailed as “the new Bob Dylan”. Dylan was unexpectedly released on stage and accompanied Prine playing harmonica on one of the first performances of Prine in New York.
(Two years later he published Sweet Revenge (1973), which contains some of the songs preferred by fans of singer-songwriter, “Dear Abby”, “Grandpa Was A Carpenter”, and “Christmas In Prison”). This album was followed by Common Sense (1975), which emphasizes the topic “Come Back to Us Barbara Lewis Hare Krishna Beauregard”). For many seasoned fans of Prine, his recording of 1978 Bruised Orange, constitutes one of its creative summits. In this album, produced by Steve Goodman, appear songs as “The Hobo Song”, “Sabu Visits the Twin Cities Alone”, and that gives name to the album, which demonstrate that Prine could just as easily, writing about the human condition and create political inspiration with compelling metaphors songs.
In 1991 was The Missing Years, his first collaboration with Howie Epstein, bassist for the Heartbreakers, which was awarded a Grammy and producer released. The track to the album title is Prine humorous insight into the life of Jesus from his childhood to the beginning of his preaching. Lost Dogs and Mixed Blessings, published in 1995 in collaboration with Epstein, and this album followed two years later, the unusual In Spite of Ourselves (1997), which contains above all of the country, with a single Prine song covers. On this album, the musician collaborated with some of their favorite, Lucinda Williams and Iris DeMent singers.
At the beginning of 1998 he was diagnosed with throat cancer, and are you operated to remove the tumor.1 His followers believe operation added “gravel” her voice. In 2003 CA British BBC Radio 2 awarded a prize in recognition of his career. That same year he joined the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. In 2004, his classic “Sam Stone”, Laura Cantrell, version was included in the compilation “Future Soundtrack for America”.
In 2005 he published his first album since 1997: Fair and Square, with songs like “Safety Joe”, about the life of a man who always avoids risks, or “Some Humans Ain ain’t Human” a protest song of the dark side of human nature that includes a fleeting criticism of George w. Bush policy in Iraq. The disk was awarded the Grammy for best contemporary Folk album and Prine was awarded as artist of the year at the American Music Awards.