John Prine

John Prine

Maywood, Cook County, Illinois, USA
Death 7 Apr 2020 (aged 73)
Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee, USA
Burial Paradise, Muhlenberg County, Kentucky, USA
Memorial ID 208826781 · View Source
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Musician. An active composer, recording artist, and live performer from the early 1970s until his death, he was known for his humorous style of original music containing elements of protest and social commentary. He gave credit to film critic Roger Ebert and singer-songwriter Kris Kristofferson with discovering him that resulted in the production of his debut album with Atlantic Records in 1971. He co-founded Oh Boy Records, an independent record label, in 1981 with which he would release most of his subsequent albums. His self-titled debut album received many positive reviews, and some hailed him as "the next Dylan." Bob Dylan himself appeared unannounced at one of his first New York City club appearances, anonymously backing him on harmonica. He continued making albums with a following for his entire career and he also wrote many songs covered by others. In 2001, he appeared in a supporting role in the Billy Bob Thornton movie “Daddy & Them.” In Spite of Ourselves is played during the end credits. He recorded a version of Stephen Foster's My Old Kentucky Home in 2004 for the compilation album “Beautiful Dreamer” which won the Grammy for Best Traditional Folk Album in 2004. He released his first all-new offering in 2005 since Lost Dogs and Mixed Blessings, the album “Fair & Square,” which tended toward a more laid-back, acoustic approach. The album contains songs such as Safety Joe about a man who has never taken any risks in his life, and also Some Humans Ain't Human, Prine's protest piece on the album, which talks about the ugly side of human nature and includes a quick shot at President George W. Bush. Fair & Square won the 2005 Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Folk Album. On June 22, 2010, Oh Boy Records released a tribute album titled Broken Hearts & Dirty Windows: Songs of John Prine. The album features many members of the modern folk revival. He was named winner of the PEN/Song Lyrics Award in 2016, given to two songwriters every other year by the PEN New England chapter. That same year, he released “For Better, or Worse,” a follow-up to “In Spite of Ourselves” from 1999. The album featured country music covers featuring some of the most prominent female voices in the genre including Alison Krauss, Kacey Musgraves and Lee Ann Womack, as well as Iris DeMent, the only guest artist to be featured on both albums. He won his second Artist of the Year award at the 2017 Americana Music Honors & Awards after previously winning in 2005. On February 8, 2018, he announced that his first new album of original material in 13 years, titled “The Tree of Forgiveness,” would be released on April 13. Produced by Dave Cobb, the album was released on Oh Boy Records and featured guest artists. Alongside the announcement, Prine released the track "Summer's End." The album became his highest-charting album on the Billboard 200. In 2020, he received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. He died on April 7, 2020, of complications caused by COVID-19. In accordance with Prine's wishes as expressed in his song Paradise, half of his ashes were spread in Kentucky's Green River. The other half were buried next to his parents in Chicago.

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