Apr 8, 2020
John Prine (born October 10, 1946) is an American country/folk
singer-songwriter. He has been active
as a composer, recording artist, and live performer since the early
Born and raised in Maywood,
Illinois, Prine learned to play the guitar at the age of 14.
Subsequently, serving in West Germany with the U.S. armed forces,
by the late 1960s he had moved to Chicago, where he worked as a
mailman, writing and singing songs as a hobby. Becoming a part of
the city’s folk revival, he was discovered by Kris Kristofferson,
resulting in the production of Prine’s self-titled debut album
through Atlantic Records in 1971. After receiving critical acclaim,
Prine focused on his musical career, recording three more albums
for Atlantic. He then signed to Asylum Records, where he recorded
an additional three albums.
In 1984 he co-founded Oh Boy
Records, an independent record label with which he would release
most of his subsequent albums.
After his battle with squamous
cell cancer in 1998, Prine’s vocals deepened into a gravel-voice,
resulting in the award-winning album Fair & Square
Widely cited as one of the most
influential songwriters of his generation, Prine is known for
humorous lyrics about love, life, and current events, as well as
serious songs with social commentary, or which recollect melancholy
tales from his life.