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#44prine arrow03/12/2016 Nashville, TN

#43prine arrow03/11/2016 Nashville, TN

#42prine arrow11/01/2014 Milwaukee, WI

#41prine arrow09/14/2013 Cedar Rapids, IA

#40prine arrow12/18/2012 Nashville, TN

#39prine arrow04/13/2012 Champaign, IL

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06/17/2011 Davenport, IA

#37 09/17/2010 Madison, WI

#36John Prine Chat House 05/13/2010 Maywood, IL

#35John Prine Chat House
09/12/09 Kansas City, MO

#34John Prine Chat House02/27/09 St Louis, MO

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John Prine Chat House02/09/08 Whitewater, WI
 
#32John Prine Chat House03/10/07 Davenport, IA
 
#31John Prine Chat House08/26/06 Des Moines, IA
  
#30John Prine Chat House05/10/06 Madison WI
  
#29John Prine Chat House05/08/06 Wausau WI
 
#28John Prine Chat House01/28/06 St Louis, MO
 
#27John Prine Chat House10/01/05 Nashville, TN
  
#26, 25John Prine concert in GA and AL04/14-16/05 Atlanta, GA & Birmingham, AL
  
#24John Prine Chat House10/06/04 Des Moines, IA
 
#23John Prine Chat House04/23/04 Des Moines, IA
 
#22, 21John Prine Chat House03/26-27/04 Madison & Milwaukee WI
 
#20John Prine Chat House09/05/03 Champaign, IL
 
#19John Prine Chat House04/19/03 Cedar Rapids, IA
 
#18John Prine Chat House04/18/03 Peoria, IL
  
#17John Prine Chat House09/13/02  Kalamazoo, MI
  
#16John Prine Chat House05/19/02 Green Bay, WI
 
#15John Prine Chat House05/18/02 Rockford, IL
 
#14John Prine Chat House09/28/01 Lincoln NE
 
#11, 12, 13John Prine Chat House4/4--7/01 Oshkosh, Milwaukee & Madison WI
  
#10John Prine Chat House09/29/00 Ames IA
 
# 9John Prine Chat House02/26/00  Maywood, IL
 
# 8John Prine Chat House11/20/99  Chicago, IL
 
# 7John Prine Chat House11/13/99  Nashville, TN
 
# 6, 5, 4John Prine Chat House06/07-10/99 Crushfest  Madison, LaCrosse & Milwaukee, WI
 
# 3John Prine Chat House08/16/97 Wogstock  Indianapolis, IN
 
# 2John Prine Chat House03/22/97 Peoria, IL
 
# 1John Prine Chat House1995 My Prine Story & start of the Prine Shrine
 

 

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John Prine sold out in Champaign, ILJohn Prine with Pat McLaughlin
Sept 5, 2003
The Virginia Theatre
Champaign, IL

by Reeda Buresh, webmistress of the John Prine Shrine http://www.jpshrine.org
He tells a story about being drafted in 1966 and believing for a moment that since he was in the same line as the 4' 8" 500 pound guy that maybe he was going to get sent home. No such luck, he was labeled a mechanical genius which resulted in a buried army bulldozer. "Because in the Army having one bulldozer too many is as bad as missing one." That experience inspired the second verse of "Fish and Whistle" that he had a tough time keeping the hoarse out of the boat on. John shook his head with a boyish grin and continued. "I just spent the last week in Muhlenberg County at the Hamm-Prine family reunion where my parents were distant cousins (insert uproar of laughter here)- that is how I blew out my voice." He nods and begins "Grandpa was a Carpenter" and the gravel in his throat is being paved into a smoother road.

Out from the wings arrives another hot cup of tea and honey, John takes a sip, laughs, shakes his head "I have honey on my fingers" he continues that along with the family reunion straining his voice he has just spent a week in the studio to add more tracks to his upcoming new album. John Prine and Jason Wilber

Prine introduces the next song and it's official. I'm Just Getting By. This new song is definitely one of my favorites. the melody, the words and especially the oooh oooh aaaiiii IIII'm taking a walk verse. It's melody is a bit haunting and just Prine pretty...

There's a girl in the white house
I don't even know her name 
Her disheveled appearance 
Speaks volumes of shame

Well, you'll have to buy the album. His voice is getting better and almost sounds normal now. Every once in a while it would give out for a few words, and became hardly noticeable. Our friends the Prine concert virgins don't notice anything, Jessica and Mark were just as mesmerized as the rest of the crowd. John  gulps down more tea, "We're going to play this like a baseball game, it's the top of the fourth and if my voice gives out before I do, we'll have to play a rain date". He recounts that "This next song is what you play if you are invited to your ex's wedding.and asked to play"  All the Best and right into Angel From Montgomery -  for Bonnie Raitt.and Sue Tedeschi

Dave Jacques and Jason Wilber leave Prine alone on stage for his legendary acoustic solo set. He promptly serves up You got Gold and then presents us with another new song (this one is my favorite too). In what seems to be typical Prine fashion, he begins to sing, without introduction - so for reference sake I'll call it "That town'll make you crazy" or "Crazy as a Loon" oh hell, That Town'll Make You Crazy As A Loon about hopes and dreams and thinking they've been realized only to find they're really not what they seem. I've now heard it a couple of times and it tends to make me want to reevaluate what is really important in life. 

 

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