Prine battles lung cancer, expects full recovery
Friday, November 22, 2013
– John Prine said on Thursday that he is being treated for lung cancer and expects to make a full recovery.
"I've been diagnosed with non-small cell carcinoma of the lung. Doctors here in Nashville have caught it early, and it is operable. They see no reason why I won't fully recover."
"This is a different form of cancer, unrelated to what I had in 1997," he said.
Prine postponed two concerts due to illness earlier this month. After further consultation with his doctors, he will have to also reschedule another two appearances.
"There's nothing I hate more than canceling shows," said Prine, who wants his fans to know that all dates will be honored.
Prine will play on Dec. 6 concert in Greensboro, N.C. and Dec. 7 show Charlotte as scheduled.
Prine's pending surgery and recuperation will move his Louisville performances at the Brown Theatre from Dec. 13 to Feb. 28, while the Dec. 14 show will now take place on March 1. All previously purchased tickets will be honored for the new performance dates.
The previously postponed Nov. 9 Madison, Wisc. show is now March 15, and the Nov. 8 Green Bay date will take place at a later date in 2014.
"For me, there's nothing like performing," Prine said. "I look forward to seeing all my friends and fans in 2014. We have some great cities and venues lined up."
CD reviews for John Prine
In Person & On Stage
John Prine holds a well-deserved spot in the songwriters' pantheon. So, it's always a bit disappointing when a new Prine release isn't stocked with new Prine songs. After producing 7 albums between 1971-1980, he has only made a handful of albums of originals since then, although he has done a couple covers projects, the "Souvenirs" re-recordings album, a Christmas disc and now his third live album.
That said, there are bountiful joys in listening to Prine performing »»»
Fair and Square
John Prine's first album of new original songs in nine years has a mostly folk sound, full of acoustic guitars with the occasional accordion and harmonica thrown in. "Morning Train" is a sultry song with an organ, low steel guitar, and fantastic background vocals from Mindy Smith. Overall, the songs are good, but not great - many of the lyrics are mundane, although there are some creative highlights.
"She Is My Everything," a sweet love featuring the line, "If I get lost you can always find her »»»
In his liner notes, John Prine plainly states his purpose behind making this disc - to secure his own master recordings for these songs of his. It also afforded him the opportunity to revisit some of his favored tunes and demonstrate again that he is one of best songwriters around.
Recorded over a brief three-day period, this album holds a warm, relaxed feel. Prine's always raspy voice has added a few more cracks and creaks over the years. Songs like "Hello In There" and "Angel From Montgomery," »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk
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Concert Review: With Staples, Newport Folk Festival overcomes
The sun finally broke through, appropriately enough, on what had been an off-and-on rainy day at the third and final day of the Newport Folk Festival towards the end of long day with Mavis Staples headlining.
And while there were a few dour-type performances (Conor Oberst most prominently), the joy and palpable energy exuded by Staples, the scion of... »»»
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