Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Make Me An Angel

Note: Brother Joe sits in today while Premium T. and I fly to South Texas.

Saw a great show Friday night - John Prine headlining w/ "special guest" Steve Earle. Steve opened and played for about an hour solo/ acoustic. Did a couple of cuts off the new album (Pancho & Lefty, Colorado Girl and the bluesy tune whose name escapes me), and then mostly some classics - Tom Ames Prayer, Someday, Goodbye, Dixieland, The Mountain & Copperhead Road. Couple of others. Played for about hour - he was totally on.

But John Prine was up to the task. I had really gone just to see Steve, but you forget how many John Prine songs are out there that you know. I'm not sure of most of the titles. I know he played the draft tune from his original album, "Sam Stone," "Lake Marie," "Paradise," "Angel From Montgomery" and a couple from his later albums that I have. I probably knew half the songs, but he really demands your attention. Great showsman. Had two backup guys for about half an hour, played by himself for about half an hour and then everyone came back out for half an hour.

I think this was a one time show because they were both in the area, but don't miss John Prine if he comes your way. Both American classics.

John Prine singing "Angel From Montgomery":



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Meanwhile, over at Stupid & Contagious, Steve Earle sings Townes Van Zandt's "Colorado Girl".

6 comments:

Molly The Dog said...

I love John Prine. I've seen him many times, first time was 32 years ago. Boy, that dates me.

Yes, these clean cut white young Republicans are just so out of touch with others their age.

ZenYenta said...

I love Angel from Montgomery. I think I like it best when Bonnie Raitt covers it. Not that Prine's own version is chopped liver. But although it's written by a man it's a classic woman's story her voice makes it real when she sings it.

Premium T. said...

Susan Tedeschi does a nice cover of it too.

mouse (aka kimy) said...

I adore john prine....

there are handful of john prine songs that have been anthems in my life....

must go search and see if he's planning a visit to cleveland anytime soon!

Cowtown Pattie said...

John Prine is the most perfect anti-hero, no?

But when did my hero get so old?

Sheesh.. time waits for no one, but ain't his voice still grand (maybe better)

stupid and contagious said...

Man, you're making me jealous catching those two music giants - in terms both of writing and performance - on the one night!

BTW, where was the show? Shd be some clips up on youtube / somewhere else.