Date: Oct 8, 2007
Elsie Awards for 2007 at the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts, Cerritos, CABy: Glen Creason
Elsie Awards 2007 for the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts -Show of the Year: while this is one choice that is always difficult this year John Prine rose above the rest for the gonfalon. Besides over twenty of his greatest songs, sung with vigor and conviction Prine brought young guitarist Jason Wilber to fill up the spaces with absolutely amazing licks. Prine’s “Jesus the Missing Years” was just a songwriting masterpiece on this night.
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October 31, 2007
The Times They Are A-Changin' Protest music ain't what it used to be. Thanks, Bright Eyes.
By: John Nova Lomax
"You're feeling your freedom, and the world's off your back/Some cowboy from Texas starts his own war in Iraq." So runs a line from "Some Humans Ain't Human," a song from John Prine's latest album, Fair & Square.
For Dave Collins, a former Marine who fought in Vietnam, that couplet was galvanizing. "You can talk to a lot of politically active Vietnam veterans who became active after the war," he says. "And that one lyric describes the way a lot of us are feeling."
Collins says that it was only as the 1990s came to an end that many vets finally laid their troubles to rest. And then along came Dubya. The year 2003 was tough — not just for the troops in Iraq, but also for Vietnam veterans, he says. "It was just exactly the way Prine described it. We finally thought things were going good, and here came this shit."
That same year, Collins reenlisted in Vietnam Veterans Against the War, an organization he had joined in 1971 and mustered out of in 1973. Prine's song had brought great comfort and solidarity to him and his fellow vets. Such is the power of music. Apparently, that lesson has not been lost on the powers-that-be. In contrast to the politically charged music of the Vietnam era, the Iraq war's soundtrack has gone mostly unheard.
But protest music is out there. Over the past four or five years, there has been a deluge of anti-war CDs, many from unknown artists. Most have been terrible. Many of them hector and badger and let the message run roughshod over the music. Face it: It's hard to make "weapons of mass destruction," "extraordinary rendition," and "neo-con hegemony" really sing.
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John Prine Pays Tribute to Knox Phillips
with a "Special Legacy Presentation" for his work at the bi-annual Recording Academy Honors. Along with a group of Lifetime Achievement Award winners, including Booker T. & the MGs and Willie Mitchell.
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Hello In There To Be Featured On Bob Dylan's "Theme Time Radio Hour which returns to XM later this month! -- Read the rest of the Rolling Stone article here
Bob Dylan's 'Theme Time Radio Hour' to Launch Season Two on XM September 19
September 06, 2007: 10:00 AM EST
WASHINGTON, Sept. 06 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Bob Dylan's award-winning XM music show, "Theme Time Radio Hour," will kick of its much anticipated second season on September 19, it was announced today. The new season will feature the show's signature eclectic mix of songs related to a specific theme, along with entertaining stories about the music and topics of interest. In addition, fans of "Theme Time Radio Hour" can expect to hear contributions from more special guests during the second season, including Luke Wilson, Amy Sedaris, Jack White, John Cusack, Richard Lewis and Ellen Barkin, whose sultry voice will continue to herald the start of each "Theme Time" episode again this season.
The first episode of season two will be devoted to the theme "Hello," with a song list that spans "Hello, Mello Baby" by The Mardi Gras Loungers, "Hello Trouble" by Buck Owens and "Hello in There" by John Prine, among many others. Fans can expect to hear future episodes this season dedicated to themes such as "Young & Old," "California," "Dreams," "Fruit," "Something," "Nothing," "Streets," "Parties," "Mail," and the 2nd Annual Countdown Show.
New episodes of "Theme Time Radio Hour," which airs Wednesdays at 10 a.m. ET on XM's "Deep Tracks" (XM 40), will also be available all day every Wednesday on "XMX" (XM 2), a recently launched channel that provides fans with XM's most popular and critically-acclaimed original music shows all in one place. The XMX schedule is built around a 'program of the day' format designed to provide more opportunities to tune in anytime and listen to episode premieres or catch up on episodes from previous weeks or seasons.
In May 2006, Bob Dylan's "Theme Time Radio Hour," debuted to popular and critical-acclaim exclusively on XM. Rolling Stone calls the show "revelatory ... Dylan's song choices are impressively varied," and the Boston Herald says of Dylan as DJ, "he's informative, funny ... his taste is impeccable." Among the shows myriad accomplishments of the past year, the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum added the "baseball" episode of "Theme Time Radio Hour" to its archives in June 2006.
Bob Dylan is one of the world's most popular and acclaimed songwriters, musicians and performers, having sold more than 90 million albums and performed literally thousands of shows around the world in a career spanning five decades. His most recent album, Modern Times - lauded by critics around the world and selling more than 2.5 million copies to date -- entered the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart at #1, as well as debuting within the Top Five in 21 other countries. His previous studio albums, Time Out Of Mind and Love & Theft have been among his most commercially successful and critically lauded, each having sold more than a million copies and earning GRAMMY(R) nominations for Album Of The Year (Time Out Of Mind won that award in 1998).
In 2001, he received a Golden Globe and an Academy Award for best song from a motion picture for "Things Have Changed" from the movie Wonder Boys. Dylan's Chronicles - Volume I, his recent memoirs released in October, 2004, was a world-wide best seller, spending 19 weeks on The New York Times Bestseller List. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988 and the Songwriters Hall Of Fame in 1982.
Bob Dylan remains one of the world's top touring artists, performing more than 100 concerts yearly around the globe.
Complete show details are available online at http://www.xmradio.com/bobdylan
XM is America's number one satellite radio company with more than 8.2 million subscribers. Broadcasting live daily from studios in Washington, DC, New York City, Chicago, the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville, Toronto and Montreal, XM's 2007 lineup includes more than 170 digital channels of choice from coast to coast: commercial-free music, premier sports, news, talk radio, comedy, children's and entertainment programming; and the most advanced traffic and weather information.
XM, the leader in satellite-delivered entertainment and data services for the automobile market through partnerships with General Motors, Honda, Hyundai, Nissan, Porsche, Subaru, Suzuki and Toyota, is available in 140 different vehicle models for 2007. XM's industry-leading products are available at consumer electronics retailers nationwide. For more information about XM hardware, programming and partnerships, please visit http://www.xmradio.com
Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements in this press release include demand for XM Satellite Radio's service, the Company's dependence on technology and third party vendors, its potential need for additional financing, as well as other risks described in XM Satellite Radio Holdings Inc.'s Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on 3-1-07. Copies of the filing are available upon request from XM Radio's Investor Relations Department.
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SHAKESPEARE WAS A BIG GEORGE JONES FAN: COWBOY CLEMENT’S HOME MOVIES
aug 2007 images & full story here
There’s a great scene in Robert Gordon and Morgan Neville’s film SHAKESPEARE WAS A BIG GEORGE JONES FAN: COWBOY CLEMENT’S HOME MOVIES, where Clement and George Jones are sitting at a table with some friends, and Clement tells Jones that he had a dream about Shakespeare. Clement says that Shakespeare (as the title suggests) is a Jones fan. Jones seems a little uncomfortable with the whole thing, but the admission appears to give Clement pause. “What we need around here (are) some high class dreams, you know?” Clement adds. “Shakespearean dreams.”
It’s the moment you get where Clement’s coming from, and where he’s going.
The entire is film is full of these wonderful moments — most of them frequently hilarious — culled from Clement’s “home movies,” joined by new interviews and footage, and put together expertly and creatively by Gordon and Neville (Respect Yourself: The Stax Records Story).
NPT will broadcast the film on September 5, 2007 at 9 p.m. and subsequently present the film to public television stations nationwide. To celebrate this, NPT is hosting a free community screening of the film on Wednesday, August 29, 2007 at 5:45 p.m. at the Belcourt Theatre. You’re all invited! Cowboy Jack and Gordon will both be there to answer questions after the film from one of the best music journalists in the business, the Tennessean’s Bill Friskics-Warren. It’s going to be a great night. To make sure you have a seat, send us an e-mail at [email protected] with “cowboy” in the subject line. In the body, let us know your name and how many people you’ll be coming with.
Here’s a little more about the film:
About SHAKESPEARE WAS A BIG GEORGE JONES FAN: COWBOY CLEMENT’S HOME MOVIES
“We’re in the fun business. If we’re not having fun, we’re not doing our job.” – Cowboy Jack Clement.
Cowboy Jack Clement — producer, songwriter and Nashville’s creative court jester — has been shooting home movies since rock ‘n’ roll began. He’s got footage of best friend Johnny Cash and the Carter Sisters hilariously lip-synching to their own song on the tour bus; U2’s Bono doing his best Vito Corleone impression; George Jones subjected to an impromptu performance of Clement singing “Flushed from the Bathroom of Your Heart;” and John Prine recording an album that would never quite be finished.
The filmmaking team of Robert Gordon and Morgan Neville has done its best to sort through all the footage. The result is SHAKESPEARE WAS A BIG GEORGE JONES FAN: COWBOY CLEMENT’S HOME MOVIES, a love letter — written in part by its subject — to all that is and surrounds Cowboy Jack Clement, premiering Wednesday, Sept 5, 2007 at 9 p.m. on NPT-Channel 8.
Highlights of Clement’s footage include his road trip to A.P. Carter’s grave with Cash; a reunited Porter Wagoner and Dolly Parton rehearsing in Clement’s studio; and an intimate studio performance of Waylon Jennings and Jesse Colter singing the Clement composition “Let’s All Help the Cowboys Sing the Blues.”
Joining the video footage are new interviews with Clement’s close friends in the music business, including Jennings, Cash, Prine, Kris Kristofferson, OH Boy Records president Al Bunetta, and Charley Pride
“We knew Jack had been shooting what he called home movies, and we thought we could probably build scaffolding on which to hang these movies,” says Robert Gordon.
“The show’s zany elements grew organically from our experiences with Jack. The animation, the skits and the kaleidoscopic story telling were all inspired by or stolen from him and the world of the Cowboy Arms Hotel and Recording Spa.”
Born and raised in Memphis, TN, Clement went to work as a producer and engineer for Sam Phillips at Sun Records in 1956, where he helped establish the careers of Cash, Roy Orbison and Carl Perkins and discovered and recorded Jerry Lee Lewis. He wrote the hit songs “Ballad of a Teenage Queen” and “Guess Things Happen That Way” for Cash. In 1959, he joined RCA in Nashville and went on to become a major figure in the Nashville music business. He started his own publishing and recording studio and made hit records for Charley Pride and Ray Stevens. Other artists that have recorded his songs include Ray Charles, Bobby Bare, Elvis Presley, Jim Reeves, Cliff Richard, Charley Pride, Tom Jones, Dickey Lee and Hank Snow. He was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1973.
Producers/Directors Gordon and Neville were behind the acclaimed Respect Yourself: The Stax Records Story, which aired recently on public television though the PBS GREAT PERFORMANCES series. Previously, they created the Grammy-nominated documentary Muddy Waters: Can’t Be Satisfied for the PBS AMERICAN MASTERS series. Neville’s work also includes Hank Williams: Honky-Tonk Blues (presented nationally by NPT through AMERICAN MASTERS) and authoritative films about Sam Phillips, The Brill Building and Lieber & Stoller. Gordon wrote “The Road to Memphis” (an episode of Martin Scorsese’s The Blues) and five books, including It Came From Memphis (Simon & Schuster).
John Prine appears on Paul Mulligan's STRONG FRIEND new release
By: Mike Wilson on folking.com2007-06-25 17:06:39
"Galway-based singer-songwriter, Paul Mulligan, may not be a name that's familiar to many, but it's pretty certain that many will be familiar with the name of John Prine who contributes vocals and guitar to a couple of tracks on Strong Friend -- one of which is Prine's own song "Aimless Love."
You can possibly imagine what Strong Friend might sound like just from that opening paragraph. Mulligan brings his easy, story-telling into a predominately acoustic musical setting that draws subtly on both his native Irish tradition and the American country influences that one might associate with Prine. Of his fellow countrymen, Mulligan is probably closest in style to Christy Hennessy in both the personal, reflective nature of his lyrics and the delicate, sensitive delivery of his vocals.
The album opens with Mulligan reflecting on his first car, a 1969 blue Ford Cortina -- looking back on teenage dreams but ending rather unfortunately; "that tractor and trailer that came out of nowhere / and turned my Cortina into a concertina." Shame! One imagines that when Mulligan sings of crying "as they towed her away," that the lost dreams weighed heavy on his mind even more than the lost automobile!
"My Time Is Not My Own" finds Mulligan wearily pondering the frustrations of modern life and the associated demands on your time. The final verse opens with a sentiment that many of us can probably relate to; "I'm gonna wake up Sunday Morning / I might just disappear / Become a mountaineer / Get far away from here / Don't forget your phone / 'Cause your time is not your own." ----- The two duets with John Prine are particularly enjoyable; Prine's ragged voice being the perfect foil for Mulligan's smoother sound. The pedal steel is deployed on both occasions to lend that beautiful lonesome sound.
Strong Friend is a beautifully understated collection of dreams gone by and the usual unrest with everyday life. The songs are both penned and delivered with poise and sensitivity, asking the right questions and tugging at the right heartstrings."
Mike Wilson www.folking.com
Buy the Album: http://www.paulmulligan.com/store
John Prine stays busy with gigs, album
NEWS By: Kym Kilgore
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Critically acclaimed singer/songwriter John Prine (tickets | music) has started a US tour that will take him from the East to the Midwest through mid-April.
Prine's next gig is Feb. 9 in Fort Wayne, IN, and he has two-night stands in Lexington, KY, Feb. 16-17 and Austin, TX, March 2-3. So far, it looks like he'll wrap things up in April with four shows in Colorado.
Maura O'Connell, RB Morris and Minton Sparks take turns supporting on multiple dates. Shows are listed below.
Prine's latest release, 2005's "Fair and Square," earned him a Grammy for Best Contemporary Folk Album. The set was the veteran musician's first album of new material since 1995's "Lost Dogs & Mixed Blessings" and marked his debut as a producer.
A new record, "Standard Songs for the Average People" on Prine's Oh Boy Records label, is due for release April 24, according to his official fan website. The album comprises classic-country cover tunes performed by Prine and Mac Wiseman.
The John Prine Shrine fan website also says a March 27 DVD release is in the works. "John Prine Live on Soundstage 1980" first aired on PBS in 1980, and includes an hour's worth of live performances and interviews.
A DATE WITH JOHN WATERS
By: Geoffrey Himes
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The 14 songs are arranged to tell the story of an imaginary date that progresses from getting comfortable to getting hot to basking in the afterglow, all narrated by Mr. Waters’s witty liner notes. “Think I invited you over here to discuss the future of independent film?” he writes. “Hell no, I’m lookin’ for a little action and ‘In Spite of Ourselves’ by John Prine and Iris DeMent ought to do the trick. ‘Convict movies make her horny’ goes the lyrics. Me too! Put on a video.”
A DATE WITH JOHN WATERS
Not quite right love songs CD compilation includes John Prine
By: Matt Ashare
Full article here
Valentine’s Day, with its heart-shaped boxes of chocolates and colorful candy kisses, is right up filmmaker John Waters’s kitschy alley, not to mention a perfect candidate for the auteur’s obsession with incredibly strange music. Waters is a collector of odd, unintentionally amusing or accidentally poignant, tragically misguided or intentionally bizarre cultural detritus. It’s the lowbrow that raises his eyebrows, and it must have been torture for him to whittle his collection of not quite right love songs down to 14 for this ode to the most Hallmark of all holidays. Some are just too twisted to resist, like Iris Dement sweetly singing “He ain’t got laid in a month of Sundays/I caught him once sniffing my undies” and John Prine shooting back “She likes ketchup on her scrambled eggs/Swears like a sailor when she shaves her legs” in the acoustic duet “In Spite of Ourselves.” And there are a half-dozen songs here — Elton Motello’s homo-punk shocker “Jet Boy Jet Girl,” Edith Massey’s literal reinterpretation of “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” and Mink Stole’s sassy “Sometimes I Wish I Had a Gun,” to name three - that you’d swear were commissioned for this comp if you didn’t know better. Then there are the happy accidents like “Tonight You Belong to Me,” a 1956 recording by a duo called Patience and Prudence, and the proto-dominatrix 1935 Mildred Bailey dittie “I’d Love To Take Orders from You.” And as a reminder that there’s more to Waters’s æsthetic than fun and games or tongue in cheek, there’s Dean Martin crooning “Hit the Road to Dreamland” and Earl Grant’s obscure but touching “Imitation of Life” - tunes from the collection of a connoisseur, not a quack.