Coronavirus kills folk musician John Prine

Grammy-winning singer-songwriter John Prine is dead at the age of 73, following a weeks-long fight against coronavirus, according to a statement from his family.

From Variety:

Prine had been in the limelight more than ever in recent years, as he became a hero to younger singer-songwriters and resumed his recording career after a long layoff with 2018’s “The Tree of Forgiveness,” his first album in 13 years. …

Prine had been an active touring artist in recent years and performed his final Los Angeles area concert Oct. 1, where he sang his own version of “Angel [from Montgomery],” among other classics. He returned to L.A. and participated in a salute to Willie Nelson sponsored by the Americana Music Association at the Troubadour the night before the Grammys.

A video of him performing his oft-covered composition “Angel from Montgomery” shows that even after a distinguished five-decade career, Prine still had it.

And he was beloved. Each night at 6 p.m. while Prine battled the virus in a New York hospital, his neighbors and fans in Gulfport, Fla., serenaded him from afar with a John Prine tune. This is their April 6, 2020, tribute.

The Basement East was destroyed by a tornado last month. Credit: Mark Humphrey/AP/Shutterstock

Certainly, he had legions of fans in Tennessee. Music City fans welcomed him warmly in 2018 when Prine visited East Nashville’s Basement East (we love you!) after the release of his LP “The Tree of Forgiveness.”

First time you’ve heard of John Prine? Listen and learn.

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