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Sunday, 3 April 2022

No Depression # 57 - John Prine


No Depression - The Bi-monthly Journal of Alt- Country

#57 -   May - June  2005

After last week's Vic Chesnutt I am on slightly more familiar territory this with with the legend that is John Prine.
Having said that I don't have that much material of his and am not familiar with the featured 2005 album Fair & Square.
I know enough about him to know that he was a terrific songwriter and a top bloke. Most of you will  recognise some of his songs even if  it is the versions that have been covered by someone else .
Examples include Bonnie Raitt with Angel from Montgomery, Swamp Dogg with Sam Stone and both Alabama 3 and Nanci Griffith with Speed of the Sound of Loneliness. Here is a fuller list

Mrs CC and I  once won tickets to see him at the Glasgow Concert Hall. He was about an hour late in coming on and  extremely apologetic but quickly won the audience over with an absolutely terrific show playing for a couple of hours by way of compensation.

He was a late developer having been writing songs since  being drafted to the army and as a mailman prior to being "discovered" by Kris Kristofferson and Paul Anka.
Along with his third wife, Irish woman Fiona Bunetta he set up the independent record label and mail order service Oh Boy Records in 1991. It was pretty revolutionary at the time and was a precursor for the likes of Bandcamp.
Sadly John died on the 7th of April 2020 aged 73 from complications caused by Covid- 19 

For this weeks One from the Top I've gone for the soul legend  Solomon Burke with the opening track from his 2006 country orientated album Nashville produced by No Depression favourite Buddy Miller.


  1. I've been working my way through John's back catalogue over the last few months after splashing out on the Crooked Piece of Time boxset - a very worthwhile investment! That said, I think my favourite album is one not in that set: Lost Dogs. Still lots to discover though.

  2. "Diamonds in the Rough" is my favourite John Prine album - every track a gem.

  3. I discovered Prine through my love of early Kristofferson - the title track of his Jesus Was a Capricorn album has "Owed to John Prine" at the end, and it wasn't until I started blogging and digging that I found the wondrous back catalogue that is Prine. How this man is not more celebrated is both a mystery and travesty. The boxset Rol mentions is a fine starting point, but I would urge all country lovers who don't know him to dig a little, you won't be disappointed.