Kris Kristofferson "discovered" the genius of John Prine amongst the booming Chicago folk music scene in the early 70's. Kristofferson wrote these lines in Prine's debut, self-titled album: "I don’t know where he comes from, but I’ve got a good idea where he’s going. We went away believers, reminded how goddamned good it feels to be turned on by a real Creative Imagination."
"John Prine is a backcountry bodhisattva" - Max Lockwood.
Last year, I called up Seth Bernard (Airborne or Aquatic?), Michael Beauchamp (Red Tail Ring, Bowhunter), Dan Rickabus (of the Crane Wives), and Max Lockwood (of Big Dudee Roo) to gauge their interest in putting together a stretch of dates to play some of John Prine's most CLASSIC songs. We're talking "Angel from Montgomery," "Paradise," "Please Don't Bury Me," "Grandpa Was a Carpenter," "In Spite of Ourselves," and whole slew of chart topping hits that all Prine fans have come to adore and relate with. I expected we would all be willing, but might not be able to make it happen because we are all busy with various projects and band related work most always. To my surprise, we all had the time, energy and desire to make it come to fruition! So we played a handful of shows that stretch as well as playing at the annual Earthwork Harvest Gathering.
Fast forward a year to the present moment in time, and we've arrived here, now! Prine Time, tour 2.0 is coming upon us quickly! Get your tickets to some of the best venues in the state of Michigan to hear some of your favorite Earthwork artists performing the timeless repertoire of the one and only John Prine!
The Earthwork Music collective believes in the intrinsic and historical power of music to raise both community and self-awareness and serves to facilitate and encourage original music in the state of Michigan and beyond.