Aiken Promotions is proud to present a very unique double-bill of two of country music’s true originals playing together in very intimate venues. John Prine is one of the pioneering singer-songwriters of his generation. Since he burst onto the scene in 1971 with his first incredible empathetic collection of song-stories about marginalized Americans, the 70-year old legend has generated a consistently brilliant and massively influential body of work. A two-time Grammy-winner, Prine’s songs have been recorded by Johnny Cash, Tom T. Hall, the Everly Brothers, Carly Simon, Bette Midler, Norah Jones, George Strait, Miranda Lambert, and many others. His work has drawn effusive praise from Bob Dylan, Kris Kristofferson, Bonnie Raitt, Roger Waters, Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen, and others who would know, Prine is a smiling, shuffling force for good. He is a Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame member whose classic debut album, simply titled John Prine, is recognized as part of the Recording Academy’s Grammy Hall of Fame.
On his recent sold out Irish tour, young guns Amanda Shires and Jason Isbell came along for the ride, soaking up the inspired insights of one of our greatest living songwriters. This time it’s the turn of Sturgill Simpson, a younger generation singer who offers his own unique take on country, soul and rock and roll songwriting. On his third studio album, A Sailor’s Guide to Earth, Sturgill won the Grammy for Best Country Album and was also nominated for Album of the Year. Sturgill’s integrity and honesty as a writer has deservedly earned him comparisons to great artists such as John Prine himself. To see this elder statesman and future legend on the same bill is an occasion really not to miss.
“Prine’s stuff is pure Proustian existentialism. Midwestern mind-trips to the nth degree. And he writes beautiful songs. I remember when Kris Kristofferson first brought him on the scene. All that stuff about “Sam Stone” the soldier junky daddy and “Donald and Lydia,” where people make love from ten miles away. Nobody but Prine could write like that.” - Bob Dylan