John Prine's self-titled 1971 debut album has become one of the most influential records in Americana history. Nearly 45 years after its release, Prine will perform the record in its entirety during a very special showcase at this year's Americana Music Festival.
Just three weeks before his 70th birthday, Prine will perform at Nashville's legendary bluegrass venue, The Station Inn. Although he regularly performs cuts from his debut album during live sets, this will be the first time he's run through the entire record in many years.
John Prine has been celebrated as one of the best modern musical releases, thanks to incredibly crafted songs that have stood the test of time. Some of the most notable cuts from the record include "Sam Stone," which describes the overdose of drug-addicted veteran, the nostalgic "Angel From Montgomery" and "Paradise," which has since been covered by everyone from Johnny Cash to Dwight Yoakam.
Those with wristbands or conference registrants at this year's Americana Music Fest can gain entry to Prine's 10:30pm set this evening (Sept. 22). Hopeful concertgoers will want to lineup early. Doors will open at 6:30pm and entry is on a first-come, first-serve basis.
On Sept. 30., Prine will release his 23rd career studio album, For Better or Worse. The record features duets with Miranda Lambert, Kacey Musgraves, Lee Ann Womack, Morgane Stapleton and many others.