John Prine

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John Prine (born October 10, 1946) is an American country folk singer-songwriter. He has been active as a composer, recording artist, and live performer since the early 1970s, and is known for an often humorous style of country music that has elements of protest and social commentary.

Born and raised in Maywood, Illinois, Prine learned to play the guitar at the age of 14. He attended classes at Chicago's Old Town School of Folk Music. After serving in West Germany with the U.S. armed forces, he moved to Chicago in the late 1960s, where he worked as a mailman, writing and singing songs as a hobby.

A part of the city's folk revival, he was discovered by Kris Kristofferson, resulting in the production of Prine's self-titled debut album with Atlantic Records in 1971. After receiving critical acclaim, Prine focused on his musical career, recording three more albums for Atlantic. He then signed to Asylum Records, where he recorded an additional three albums. In 1984 he co-founded Oh Boy Records, an independent record label with which he would release most of his subsequent albums. After his battle with squamous cell cancer in 1998, Prine's vocals deepened into a gravelly voice.

Widely cited as one of the most influential songwriters of his generation, Prine is known for humorous lyrics about love, life, and current events, as well as serious songs with social commentary, or which recollect melancholy tales from his life.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1971 John Prine John Prine 4 6
1972 Diamonds in the Rough John Prine 3 2
1973 Sweet Revenge John Prine 4 4
1975 Common Sense John Prine 3 3
1978 Bruised Orange John Prine 4 2
1979 Pink Cadillac John Prine 3
1980 Storm Windows John Prine 2
1984 Aimless Love John Prine 3
1986 German Afternoons John Prine 2
1991 The Missing Years John Prine 1
1993 A John Prine Christmas John Prine 1
1995 Lost Dogs and Mixed Blessings John Prine 2
1999 In Spite of Ourselves John Prine 1
2005 Fair & Square John Prine 3 2
2007 Standard Songs for Average People John Prine & Mac Wiseman 1
2016 For Better, or Worse John Prine 3 2
2018 The Tree of Forgiveness John Prine 2

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1976 Prime Prine: The Best of John Prine John Prine 4 2
1993 Great Days: The John Prine Anthology John Prine 2
2000 Souvenirs John Prine 3 2

Album + Compilation + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2010 In Person & On Stage John Prine 2

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1988 John Prine Live John Prine 1
1997 Live on Tour John Prine 1
2011 The Singing Mailman Delivers John Prine 3 1
2016 Live in Asheville '86 John Prine 1
2003-11-18: Moncton Coliseum, Moncton, NB, Canada John Prine 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2008 Fair & Square EP John Prine 2

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