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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

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

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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A sort of Homecoming for A Really Cool Guy

© John Prine Shrine 2000
February 26, 2000

A Prine show was in need to be seen so as the sun set, we found ourselves stopping groups of kids, quadruple times for directions... and each time we got a little closer, until we found John Prine's Alma Mater, Proviso East High School, home of the Pirates and the Prine's in Maywood Il, a suburb of Chicago.                 

We were handed a neatly printed "Prine Time" program with a lean and muscular Johnny Prine AKA "Tippy-toes"  in a horizontal balance on the pommel horse...and that is how the show progressed...in a strong and tight little balanced  studly muffin sort of way...

Twinkletoes Prine

Settling  in behind the sound board,  as the old time country music Prine son #1 David and Tyler Wilson of The National Recovery Act  filled the air.  Their old time country music was the perfect beginning to a perfect night.  David is an engineer - meaning not only did Cotton raise some talent, but she groomed some brains too.

They started off with I've been all around this world and then dedicated the second song to William Jefferson Clinton - Misery's in Arkansas also known as John Johanna,  this pair of talented white haired men picked their mandolins, banjo's, and guitars with such style and grace that I wondered why they could settle on such decent living as engineers when they could have lived a wild and hungry life as just musicians. "Handsome Molly", "Take me back to the Sweet Sunnyside", and "Sunflower Dance" were followed by a short exchange between the gentlemen as they tuned their instruments, said the elder Prine, "If a banjo ever did get in tune it would detonate. There would be this bright flash, and puff of smoke."

I thoroughly enjoyed this music, and fancied at what it must have been like having all these talented Prine boys living in my neighborhood. Behind me I heard this gentlemen say that David used to walk across the back yard  and play music with he and his friends, I had to glance back to see a thin man with a proud and melancholy look on his face, as if he were reliving those moments all over again. 

After finishing a Rufus Christian song, Diggin' on the New Railroad   David and Tyler began to explain their next  totally silly song, Hop along Peter,  " it appeared on  a long playing short selling Children's CD called Never Grow Up and was recorded by Fisher Henley and the AristocraticPigs.  "Hop along Peter you bear in mind, I ain't comin' back till it's gooseberry time."  With that, they ended their set and left the stage to a standing ovation, that wouldn't sit until they came back.  

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 We were entertained once more by a Spanish American Anti War Song, Battleship Maine  - It was clear to me that this Prine family came from a talented gene pool.  It was most enjoyable and I would definitely search him out and listen to more if he offered.

After a short break, and long line in a high school two seater bathroom line, we all settled in to listen to the star of evening, Maywood's Finest...although he  would never admit to it.

John hit the stage with  Spanish Pipedream  and thanked everyone for being there on that special night.  Spend theNight with Me, was next, with a little story of how he was happy to back in Proviso's Auditorium.  "Boy, I spent a lot of time in this place, I had a lot of naps" a knowing chuckle came from the crowd," it was rumored that the Dean of Students had a metal plate in his head, so we would carry magnets in our pockets." we all laughed, but I had a feeling that the natives got the gist of the joke more than I did. John told of his neck cancer and how he had it treated, "No matter how much you appreciate things, a bout with cancer makes you appreciate things more...tonight is very special" the second of many standing ovations was followed by the appropriately dedicated Steve Goodman song "Souvenirs".

John began, "I was driving around Maywood today, this was my big chance to tell you how growing up here affected my songs.  I would walk down the street, he said with a wry grin, and people would say: "Hey, there's the guy that married that girl from Melrose North, which makes you a hero in Melrose." (claps and hoots from the audience, sheepish grins from John)  "This next song, is from a few things the first is about  20th Avenue between Division and Norwood St where there was a Car wash, and the dump trucks used to go by and shake the house as they passed by." 

"The second verse is from a stint in the army, I was sent away to Germany at the height of the Viet Nam War", he quipped with luck and laughter in his voice. 

 "The third verse came from when  I was saving for my first car and my first job was at Skips Fiesta Drive Inn on North Ave.   The hot rods liked to come and park their cars in the lot so Skip's had a rule that you had to buy something to park there.  

The cheapest thing on the menu was frozen custard, which they'd order and then dump on the ground.  My job was to come and clean it up in the morning. The bees would swarm, because they liked custard too" With a big grin he broke into Fish and Whistle  

"My dad went to 11 different schools because Grandpa was a carpenter. he died when I was about 7 or 8.  He built the Bank on 4th and Madison...man, Grandpa used to take me everywhere." Grandpa was a Carpenter

"The first girl I went steady with waitressed at the old Seville's on Fifth and Madison."   Far From Me

United Artists was doing an album of charismatic people and they asked songwriters to write a song about someone they thought has charisma, I picked Marilyn Monroe, but they said, no she was taken....so I took James Dean ..." Picture Show

Tippy toes through the years.......

"It took me 5 years to get through high school" he began chuckling, "I started off taking college courses to start with, and I would go to class and just stare at something like a button on the teacher's shirt, then I got into woodworking and auto shop, by the end of my school years I had them down to 7 art courses...But it was gymnastics that got me through high school!"   All The Best 

By this time John's speaking voice was getting that coarse gravelly sound, the warmth in the auditorium and he in a full suit under stage lights had him drinking water at every chance he could.  No one ever minds, I think John could probably get away with writing on a chalkboard as long as you could see him grin, and still keep a captive audience.

Angel from Montgomery "That's dedicated to Bonnie.."

Aw Heck
"The first time other than the army when I left the states, I went to Italy, but I didn't play there, I liked to read the papers, I fingered through the World Herald Tribune, and it was packed with all the bad news, until I found and old friend in Dear Abby.  So I got the idea for the song, When I got back I did a show in Minneapolis and that is where she was from, she said she would be at the show so I held off singing the song until I was sure she was there.  Finally I said "Are you out there Abby?, this is for you"  and some guy yelled out "She only comes out on Ground Hog Day"  Dear Abby