John Prine’s songs are among the most influential tunes in the American songbook. He’s a deeply prolific artist who has inspired countless artists over the decades.
So when GRAMMY Pro invited Prine to do an on-stage interview and performance, he requested Sturgill Simpson — one of the most influential American songwriters of this era — join him.
The sold-out show took place at the Clive Davis Theater at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles on Tuesday. 200 very lucky guests watched Prine tell stories about his career and songs and sing some of his favorite songs with Simpson.
Prine and Simpson have a lot in common as artists. Both have carved out a permanent place in American music by crafting uncompromising music for the sake of the song. They also have a rapport that stems from their shared Kentucky roots.
Prine brought Simpson on-stage for “Speed of the Sound of Loneliness” and “Paradise.” The latter is Prine’s ode to his parent’s Kentucky homeland. The song has clearly made an impression on Simpson. His track “Panbowl” is an ode to his own Kentucky family and fond childhood memories, much like Prine’s classic.
Watch these two masters share the stage. Skip to 24:48 for “Speed of the Sound of Loneliness” and 29:09 for “Paradise.”
Earlier in the evening, Prine talked about his career and songwriter with American Songwriter Senior Editor Paul Zollo. You can watch that interview in the clip below.