John Prine: Songwriter supreme
John Prine has been releasing albums and performing live since the early 1970s, but plenty of country and folk music fans still might not know who he is, even if they know his songs. Prine songs like “Angel From Montgomery,” “Paradise” and “Sam Stone” have been covered by dozens of other artists, from fellow country and folk singers to indie rockers, jam bands and more. No lesser figures than Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash have cited Prine as one of their favorite songwriters, and Prine is a sort of patron saint to the current crop of alternative Americana stars.
A number of those artists, including Jason Isbell, Amanda Shires and Brandi Carlile, make guest appearances on Prine’s most recent album (and his first collection of original material in 13 years), this past April’s The Tree of Forgiveness, which All Music called “a potent reminder that his remarkable skills as a songwriter and his rough-hewn excellence as a singer haven’t failed him yet.” On tour, Prine always performs solo, with just his guitar, his voice and his timeless songs to captivate the audience. Even if you’ve never heard him sing them, there’s a good chance those songs have reached out to you from somewhere. In Vegas, he’s joined by Grammy-winning singer John Paul White, a respected artist in his own right.
Westgate Las Vegas, 8 p.m. Dec. 12, $49-$99 plus tax and fee, 21+. 800.222.5361