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JOHN PRINE & RB MORRIS STAR IN "THE DRAMA OF DES MOINES"
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Prine show diary:


#46prine arrow04/28/2018- Champaign, IL

#45prine arrow
11/11/2016 - Davenport, IA

#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

#38
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

#33
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
  
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#29John Prine Chat House05/08/06 Wausau WI
 
#28John Prine Chat House01/28/06 St Louis, MO
 
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#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
 
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#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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INSIDE

  The lobby of the Civic Center was wall to wall people and somehow I managed to run into my ex brother-in-law - we were "Outlaws" together until he got 'exxed' - It was great to see him and discover that he had been to the other Prine in Iowa concerts too. He grew up to be what he wanted to be and it wore well on him. So, hey Eric... don't be a stranger - we have this Prine connection now and don't have to go into any family details anymore! 

A lady pinged her little xylophone thingy to warn us hat the show was about to start. I caught up with the daughters - and we were seated before the end of RB Morris's first song. This is a great, spacious venue - comfy seats and elevated floor that your feet don't stick to, every seat really was a great seat. My girls were still outside the door finishing their drinks, being woo'd by strange men - when this long lanky guy in a beat up cowboy hat and boots came in with this beautiful young woman and sat next to me. He kept his head low and hands over his brow...but somehow they both looked familiar - I just couldn't remember from exactly where. They definitely didn't want to be noticed.

R.B. Morris

  RB Morris was on stage finishing up the first (I hope it was only the first) song. Forgive my set list, but I wanted to try to remember these songs somehow so I could make sure to get whatever album they were on.
1. ???
2.  Old Copper Penny

There were two young women up in front on the right hand side of the stage - signing with hands, body motions and facial expressions - Folk songs in sign language, think about it, I got lost in that  thought for a moment felling fortunate that I was able to enjoy both.

3. Hell on a Poor Boy (he mentions Dolly Parton in this song and the sign language for her was wide eyed expression with two hands cupped way out in front of their chest) 

RB talked about meeting John Prine and getting signed to Oh Boy Records and meeting Don Gibson when he was younger and how he would never let him forget it (there are so many he's and hims that I intentionally did that because I didn't get the story straight either) RB wrote a song for John about it and John sings it with RB on RB's album - then he sings:
4: Roland The Wino 
 RB began to tell a story of how he was stuck in Iowa without any plastic to rent a car with and how Bo Ramsey drove to meet him, get him out of his jam, and get him to the concert. RB spoke fondly of Bo Ramsey and how he and Pieta Brown were on tour and so great. (I had seen Bo for the first time this past January 2004 with Lucy Kaplansky and Greg Brown (Pieta's dad) They're all famous Iowans, well, Lucy is an honorary Iowan since she went to college just across the river) The long legged guy and beautiful woman next to me slide down in their seats some more.

5: Better Tip Your Hat or Buttercups - or Don't know what I'm gonna do about that  (for Bo)

6. He intros this as a mew song - ?How Every Empire Falls?
He said good night and was beckoned back for one more that prompted another bit of a history lesson
7. Devil Woman

During this whole show my eldest has the binoculars out and is infatuated with Mr Morris, he reminds her of someone and she loves his music, voice, Southern drawl and persona. (more later on that)

Row mates

  The lights are up, the daughters leave and I stay seated next to the beautiful young woman and that skinny cowboy. "likes2grow" is up milling about with her cronies when she turns and tells me to lean over and smile. "Do you realize you are sitting next to Bo Ramsey, she shouts" - oh duh, I don't recognize him because just a few months before, he had on a great big cowboy hat and I never saw his whole face. He and she are snuggled together like they really don't want to be recognized. So I left him alone...

...for just a few minutes and asked if I could shake his hand, told him how I'd just seen him with Kaplansky and Brown and it was a wonderful show. He looked up at me for just a second, and HEY, he does have a face, a kind of Buddy Holly-like face with those thick rimmed glasses. And that was it... I tried to not bug them. It turns out the beautiful woman was none other than Pieta Brown who I  had not knowingly heard before. (later in 2004 both of them play at the grand opening of our River Music Experience - in Davenport, IA)

 

   

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