Twelve musicians, Music on the Square and Bridges Craft Pizza and Wine Bar join together May 15 to present “Putnam Prine,” honoring the songs of John Prine, from 7 – 9 p.m. A benefit for Beyond Homeless, a $10 per person donation is suggested for this free event, and reservations are required. Call Bridges, at (765) 653-0021, for reservations.
The show features musicians John Bean, Doug Cox, Ron Dye, Bryan Langdoc, Gus Moon, Rick Provine, Dale and Ella Dye Thomas, Mike Van Rensselear, Rick Smock, Angela Norris White, and Chris Wurster.
Widely cited as one of the most influential songwriters of his generation, John Prine is known for humorous lyrics about love, life and current events, and serious songs with social commentary. A native of Maywood, Illinois, he took up guitar at 14 and moved to Chicago in the late 1960s, where he was discovered by Kris Kristofferson.
In 2009, Bob Dylan told The Huffington Post that Prine was one of his favorite writers. In his autobiography, Johnny Cash, wrote, “I don’t listen to music much at the farm, unless I’m going into songwriting mode and looking for inspiration. Then I’ll put on something by writers I’ve admired –Rodney Crowell, John Prine, Guy Clark, and the late Steve Goodman are my Big Four…”
Roger Waters, when asked by Word Magazine in 2008 if he heard Pink Floyd’s influence in newer British bands like Radiohead, replied, “I don’t really listen to Radiohead. I listened to the albums and they just didn’t move me in the way, say, John Prine does. His is just extraordinarily eloquent music—and he lives on that plane with Neil Young and John Lennon.”