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My name is David Stone. I live in Houston, Texas. I am a 30-something single white male. I am an Orthodox Christian and am a member of an English-language parish of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia (ROCOR).

Sunday, June 11, 2006

John Prine

Last night I went with my friend Fernando to see John Prine in concert at the Verizon Theater downtown.

Todd Snider was the opening act and played a great set. I was not really familiar with Todd's music and was pleasantly surprised at what a good songwriter he is. His music is often very humorous as well. Some highlights from his set included: "Play a Train Song", "Enjoy Yourself" and two hilarious songs "The Ballad of the Kingsmen" (on the history of the song "Louie Louie" and the ensuing FBI investigation) and "Statistician's Blues". He is definitely a songwriter to keep your eye on. Todd Snider's music can be sampled and purchased here.

John Prine opened his set with "Spanish Pipedream" (better known as the "Blow up your TV" song). John was backed by a really fantastic band consisting of Jason Wilber on lead guitar, Pat Mclaughlin on mandolin and guitar and Dave Jacques on upright and electric bass. The band was really tight and featured some great playing and some very nice harmony singing on occasion as well.

Next followed a very generous set of songs from throughout John Prine's long and storied career including: "Angel from Montgomery", "Bear Creek", "Crazy as a Loon", "Daddy's Little Pumpkin", "Dear Abby", "Donald and Lydia", "Flag Decal", "Glory of true love", "Grandpa was a Carpenter", "Hello in There", "Lake Marie", "Long Monday", "Paradise", "Sam Stone", "Some Humans Ain't Human", "Storm Windows", "Taking a Walk", and "That's the Way that the World Goes Round".

Prine's versions of "Angel from Montgomery", "Dear Abby", "Flag Decal", "Hello in There", "Paradise" and "Sam Stone" were all outstanding and were the audience favorites.

What a pleasure it was to finally see one of the world's great songwriters (arguably THE greatest) in performance.

Lyrics to all of John Prine's songs can be read here.

For more info on John Prine see here.


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