Though hoarse Chicago songwriter John Prine has made quite a name for himself with tracks like "Sam Stone," "Hello in There" and "Come Back to Us Barbara Lewis Hare Krishna Beauregard," his inspirational influence reaches even farther. Prine's tragic lyrics have been sung by the likes of Johnny Cash, George Straight and 10,000 Maniacs. Bob Dylan even praised Prine recently in the Huffington Post, saying "Prine's stuff is pure Proustian existentialism. Midwestern mindtrips to the nth degree. And he writes beautiful songs."
Just recently, a truckload of indie folk legends lent their talent to the John Prine cover album Broken Hearts and Dirty Windows: Songs Of John Prine. The record includes tracks from Justin Vernon of Bon Iver, Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band, My Morning Jacket, Deer Tick, The Avett Brothers, Old Crow Medicine Show and even Idaho's own Josh Ritter.
You can catch Prine, who won a Grammy in 2006 for Best Contemporary Folk Album, at the Eagle River Amphitheater on Saturday, Aug. 21.