Personalities | John Prine | Country Rock & The Outlaws | Country

(Vocals, guitar, b. 1946)

Prine was a Chicago mailman when Kris Kristofferson stumbled across him at a local folk club and recognized him as one of the best lyricists of his generation. A very different lyricist than Bob Dylan, Prine used the unspoken implications of plain, blue-collar speech rather than the dazzle of literary language to make his points, but the monologues he put into the mouths of a Vietnam veteran, an Alabama housewife, a coal-miner’s son and an aging couple were so vivid that his 1971 debut album, John Prine, became an instant classic. His music was a simple mix of country, folk and rock and his records sold modestly, but his remarkable songs were eagerly recorded by everyone from Tammy Wynette and Johnny Cash to Bonnie Raitt and The Everly Brothers.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Country Music, consultant editor Bob Allen


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