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THE FIRST TIME I'D EVER HEARD JOHN PRINE...
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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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It was this page, this single page that started the shrine and brought us all together... 
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COME GATHER 'ROUND ME YOU LITTLE MONKEYS AND A STORY I'LL TELL

rap 95I was 15 years old (oh geez, that was over 20 years ago)... I suddenly feel old, I mean to be able to say that you have been doing anything for 20 years is pretty incredible and wrinkle-y feeling! I was sent to live with my older sister Ellen and her family in the Ozarks because I had gotten "caught" with the wrong group of friends, doing the "wrong" things at the "wrong" times...wrong wrong wrong - but that's another story.

I spent my summer painting houses and listening to the quiet of the Missouri Ozarks, and "their" music which consisted of John Prine, Elvis Presley,  Bob Dylan, Kris Kristofferson, and Loudon Wainwright III.  In the evenings, My brother-in-law would pick at his 12-string and his 12-pack and we would sit around the double wide singing good old Elvis and John Prine tunes (quite the combination).  I would play his self titled album almost non-stop.  I recorded it on to an 8-track tape (remember those?) so I could always have those 13 songs with me. For a 15 year old in the '70's this was considered square... but, being isolated in the Ozarks, I hadn't the need to impress peers and was able to mold myself, rather than make mold of myself. Sam Stone and Flag Decal were my favorites,  so were Hello in there, Flashback Blues, Illegal Smile, Donald and Lydia....oh Hell, I loved every single one of 'em. They grew me up.

That album gave me a decent addiction for the '70's.  I would lock myself in the back room, lay on the roll out and sing Sam Stone over and over and over. I related to those songs, somehow they got me through a very lonely and confusing time in my life.

not mine but I wish it wereTerry and I finally got to see his Lost Dogs and Mixed Blessings concert 22 years and 12 albums later, at the Adler Theatre here in Davenport, Iowa in 1995. I felt 15 again. Todd Snider played first, and he really deserved more of my attention, but honestly, I wanted him off the stage and JP to come on. During intermission I ran out and got his "Daily Planet" cd just to be fair (I'm glad I did). Then...He came on stage and started to sing, and I thought I was going to bombard my britches! I was taken aback for a moment because he had all these instruments...I thought he would be alone.

"&copy" Ruth Ann Peacock 1999I watched and listened to him in awe, like a child who was about to sit on Santa's lap, I was just going to burst. Nonetheless...it was awesome. He would play a few of the oldies that drove all of us into some kind of Vienna Boys Choir frenzied sing along,  like we could carry a tune...it didn't matter-it felt good. I knew every word to every song and I sang every tune. . . There "He" was -bigger than life, so normal looking - and still a legend. I was locked in for the rest of the night.

I sang, I stomped, clapped, whistled and never stopped grinnin'. John never stopped singing, we couldn't get enough, I think he came back for 3 encores. I don't know, by then I was in a folk induced high.  I wanna go again. I strongly suggest that you try to hear him, he is folk, good fun folk and if you like to hear the words, these words always seem to have some relevance or let you visualize a story, and if you don't get it by then . . . just the wry sense of humor will keep you listening.. .

I just can't seem to say enough about his music and how it has always grabbed me right here in my heart and my head. 

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