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7 Essential tracks from John Prine, folk music's Mark Twain

John Prine, singer and songwriter, dies after battle with coronavirus
Posted at 8:06 PM, Apr 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-08 13:02:41-04

Some people, the songs just come out of them. For nearly half a century, they tumbled out of John Prine like nothing. His songs -- compassionate, funny, sage -- make up an American songbook that would be staggeringly intimidating if it wasn’t so warm and welcoming. He began -- with a dare at an infamous open mic -- a fully formed songwriter who through calamity and cancer never once wavered in his wry, homespun humanism. He was, anyone would say, as good as they come. Some of his best songs include “Angel From Montgomery,” “Spanish Pipedream” and “Lake Marie.”