Read a stirring tribute to the late legendary musician
These posts are intended to take your mind off of the all-consuming heaviness that is life amid coronavirus, so of course we're directing you to a piece on celebrated musician John Prine, who died of COVID-19-related conditions last week. (I know and I'm sorry.)
To be fair, though, the generous Rolling Stone feature from writer Patrick Doyle is achingly lovely, featuring moving interviews with Prine's wife, Fiona, and son, Jody, among others, and tracing his remarkable career right up through his final tour (which included his first ever concert in Paris, France).
The entire tour had felt like a victory lap, in fact. Prine’s most recent album, 2018’s The Tree of Forgiveness, was his first LP of new material in 13 years, proving that even in his seventies he could write just as deeply as ever. For a half-century, Prine had covered subjects few others touched — the loneliness of the elderly, serial murders, a monkey lost in space — in songs that mixed deceptive simplicity with sharp storytelling and a touch of the surreal. Artists like Bob Dylan and Bonnie Raitt had long been huge fans. But in the 2010s, Prine had become something of a national treasure. His songs had become a key reference point for a new generation of songwriters. Dan Auerbach, Jason Isbell, and Amanda Shires lost money on the road so that they could open for him. Kacey Musgraves wrote a song where she fantasized about smoking a joint with him.
Read the feature in its entirety by clicking here.