John Prine – class act. Songwriter’s songwriter. I feel like everyone knows this. Or should. Some don’t – but then they’ll know some of his songs at least. Like Sam Stone, famously covered by many and perhaps in particular Johnny Cash. But the original is here. This is Prine’s first album and I say all this about how great he is and how everyone should know him and yet this album was new to me.
There’s a few Prine albums I’ve heard. And a few more I should. And this is certainly a terrific starting point – for his career, and for any listener new to him in any way.
I love this album. Can’t believe I hadn’t sought it out earlier.
It’s good timing too – feels like Prine is in the middle of a new way of recognition and finally getting somewhere towards his dues.