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John Prine/Howie Epstein appreciation thread

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I'm so sorry to hear of John Prine's passing. He was one of my very favorites, right up there with TP. I saw John many times in concert, have all his records on vinyl, etc. Such  unique voice, such an amazing writer, such a wonderful, kind man. One of a kind.

Howie Epstein was a huge part of Prine's success in the early 1990s, when JP was having a hard time getting heard by anyone beyond his group of faithful fans. Howie produced The Missing Years, a stunning record that won a Grammy and put Prine back on the musical map. The Heartbreakers are all over the record and its a masterpiece. Howie also produced the follow-up Lost Dogs and Mixed Blessings, which is an underrated gem, and yielded what might be Prine's best-ever track, "Lake Marie". It's Bob Dylan's favorite at least.

So, thanks Howie, for helping John Prine create some of his most memorable music.

Lake Marie

 

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Yes, very sad to lose this wonderful guy. Some great songs! Some even greater lyrics.

I'll forever smile, thinking about this one, with him and Iris, how KPIG Radio used to play that a lot back in the day.. sunny times:

 

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