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For Tommy Prine - It's Prime Time in Nashville

by Rich and Laura Lynch

For Tommy Prine and his late, legendary father John - it is still prime time to be named Prine here in the family's Nashville hotbed. Tommy introduced his long-awaited and much-anticapted debut album This Far South at a release party held at Grimey's back in June where the artist performed for an S.R.O. crowd followed by a record signing at East Nashville's music mecca.

For Tommy Prine - It's Prime Time in Nashville.

Tommy Prine's debut album is not only a long awaited introduction but a testimony to Prine's 20's and the loss, love, and growth that has defined them. Co-produced by close friend and kindred musical spirit, Ruston Kelly, and beloved Nashville engineer and producer, Gena Johnson, the album is rich and dynamic from cathartic jams to nostalgic storytelling.

"I feel like I've learned more about myself in the last year and a half than I ever have in my life," Prine says. "And I think that speaks a lot to doing something that I'm passionate about. I love and respect the craft. Just hitting the road and doing what so many people before me have done and will continue to do, it's really resonated with me. I think it's transformed me into the person that I am meant to be."

But wait, there's more! On Sept. 12, Chicago Review Press releases PRINE ON PRINE: Interviews & Encounters, part of their Writers in Their Own Words series. Edited by music critic Holly Gleason, this is a labor of love. Following musicians through various phases of their careers via appearances in the media and other places, PRINE ON PRINE collects work from noted mediacrats Studs Terkel, Roger Ebert, Cameron Crowe, Robert Hilburn, then Poet Laureate Ted Kooser, Robert Christgau, Dave Hoekstra, Ronni Lundy and Grammy-winner Bob Mehr. With an emphasis on social commentary without preaching, the effort reveals Prine's sense of right and wrong that informed how he lived. Whether it's Robert Hilburn seeing him in the hilarious limbo of life without a major label, Dave Hoekstra celebrating the Earl of Old Town's anniversary, as well as Steve Goodman and the folk movement that birthed both men or Chris Willman delving into women's reproductive autonomy for a charity single of "Unwed Fathers" with Margo Price, Prine's aim was true.

PRINE ON PRINE: Interviews & Encounters - edited by music critic Holly Gleason.

"John was many things," marvels Gleason. "It is so easy to see him as this elder Americana legend, writing songs that transcend time and place to touch your heart or soul or life. But he was also a fun guy, with a clear vision, a deep love of home and all it stands for and an absolute sense of self that allowed the tenderness of how he saw the world to remain pretty consistent throughout the book."

Following the massive success of last year's inaugural event, The Prine Family will present the second annual "You Got Gold: Celebrating the Songs of John Prine" this October in Nashville, with shows at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum's CMA Theater (October 8), The Basement East (October 9) and the historic Ryman Auditorium (October 10, Prine's birthday). The three-day affair will benefit The Hello in There Foundation and feature performances by an array of surprise artists, celebrating not only Prine's esteemed career, but also the beloved community he built over the past 50 years.

Of the celebration, Fiona Prine shares, "The time I spent with John on the road made one thing very clear - the community he helped create was always, and remains, at the heart of the music and the work we continue to do every day. I'm so happy that 'You Got Gold' will now become an annual event to ensure that we maintain that connection and grow our beloved community. I look forward to seeing everyone back in Nashville this October, to celebrate John's songs and help further the work of the Hello in There Foundation."

You Got Gold: Celebrating the Songs of John Prine.

Related Links: For more information on TOMMY & JOHN PRINE and the other organizations mentioned please visit the following links - Tommy Prine | John Prine | You Got Gold: Celebrating the Life & Songs of John Prine | Holly Gleason


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