Alibi V.14 No.30 • July 28-Aug 3, 2005 

Music Magnified

John Prine

with Kathleen Edwards

John Prine
John Prine

Friday, July 29; Kiva Auditorium (21 and older): There's a line from the first track on John Prine's new album, Fair and Square, that's a rather sound description of the man himself: "Oh the glory of true love/Is it will last your whole life through/Never will go out of fashion/Always will look good on you."

Prine's been making albums since Steve Goodman brought Kris Kristofferson to hear him in a bar. And through 19 albums of country-rockabilly-folk-rock, beginning in 1971, John Prine has always sounded like John Prine. His is the iconic songwriting to which musicians aspire. But no one has a brain, sense of humor or voice quite like him. Prine's genius for writing unapologetically about the rawness of people's lives and his wily social commentary are what made him famous. Somehow, he always signifies something larger by getting caught up in the smallest and most peculiar facts. Prine writes to the bone and aims straight for the mundane—but when he's done, the commonplace is rarely recognizable as such. The best primer on Prine is a taste of who and what appears in his songs and where his stories are set.

To make your ticket even more worth the cash, Prine will share the stage with Kathleen Edwards, the 25-year-old roots-based rock ’n' roller from Canada who pushed to the front of the roots music scene with her 2003 release, Failer. Between that and her new release, Back to Me, Edwards has already written an impressive retrospective about traveling between heartbreak, places and mistakes.

After all these years, a hiatus from songwriting and a battle with neck cancer, Prine's shows are as high-class as ever and his band is always right on. Don't miss a chance to see some prime Prine.