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Friday May 2, 2008 - JOHN PRINE at New orleans JAZZ FESTIVAL, GENTiLLY STAGE 5:40 p.m., NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA - Back up musician: Jason Wilber

By: Ima Prinefan

Missing bass player signals a new addition to the John Prine family -full article here
Posted by By Dave Walker, TV columnist, The Times-Picayune May 02, 2008 8:29PM
Categories: Jazzfest
   John Prine opened his Gentilly Stage-closing set Friday with "Spanish Pipedream," which contains the lyrics, "Blow up your TV, throw away your paper," advice I can only halfway officially endorse. Then Prine explained that he was missing his usual bass player, Dave Jacques, because he was having a baby. "Actually his wife's havin' it," Prine said. "He's just standing around not knowing what to do." About halfway into the set - just before "Dear Abby," and as the rain began to intensify -- Prine wondered how the delivery was progressing. "I bet Dave's had that baby by now," he said.

By: Alison Fensterstock
John Prine - full review here
   Singer/songwriter John Prine's career has spanned nearly a half-century of contemporary folk music. The soft-spoken former mailman has garnered his share of accolades along the way. Not only has he picked up a host of awards, but he carries the distinction of being the only singer/songwriter invited to read and perform at the Library of Congress at the behest of former U.S. Poet Laureate Ted Kooser.
   Prine hit his commercial high point in the late '60s and early '70s in the thick of the hippie folk scene, though his songs were not the fiery protest tunes that got other neo-folkies held up as leaders of the revolution. PBS documentaries will likely never use a Prine hit as a soundtrack for slow-motion footage of the Vietnam War, the Chicago riots or marches on Washington. He left it to other songwriters to make sweeping musical statements about the movement, the revolution and the change that was going to come. Prine's songs, instead, looked at the microcosm, using tender wit to paint simple, beautiful portraits of individuals — like a musical Sherwood Anderson or Raymond Carver. His sense of humor made for a few great protest songs, including the classic "Your Flag Decal Won't Get You Into Heaven" and the pothead anthem "Illegal Smile." But for the most part, Prine has always made his point through storytelling, not speechifying.
   - Prine is a survivor — not just of the tumultuous last quarter of the 20th century that made him a folk icon, but also of a life-threatening bout with throat cancer that, among other things, left his already characteristically growly voice a full register lower. He kept a low profile for almost a decade after he underwent surgery to remove the tumor in this throat, but in 2005, he released the Grammy-winning Fair and Square, which features guest vocals from first-weekend Jazz Fest performer Alison Krauss. ----- John Prine 5:40 p.m. Friday, may 2 | Gentilly Stage


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