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Leon Redbone/John Prine


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i saw them in madison a few weeks ago

Redbone was an enigma in B-flat--a real oddball-- a throwback to the 1920s, but he was great. as were his sidemen, a trumpeter and a ragtime pianist

Prine is one of the best singer/songwriters you probably never heard of--he isn't really definable--some political satire and sly commentaries on the human experience hidden in a raspy sort of country/sort of rock/sort of folk shell

he played all of his best stuff, and a song that he's doing for the upcoming Johnny Cash tribute album

overall (other than annoying people yelling requests) it was an awesome show

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Leon Redbone is great, and a no-frills performer. I used to love it when Saturday Night Live had him on the show a few times back in their glory years. My introduction to John Prine's songs was on the Al Kooper album, Naked Stories, pictured in my avatar. He did a cover of Sam Stone that knocked me out.

http://www.jpshrine.org/lyrics/songs/jpsamstone.html

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he did that one solo on stage, then towards the end his bass player and steel guy came back and the steel guitar made the most mournful train like sounds you could ever hear--it was eerie, but beautiful (and of course appropriate for the subject of the song)

he opened with "Your Flag Decal Won't Get You Into Heaven Anymore" another vietnam era song that seems unusually appropriate in the current environment

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yay john prine! i love his all his stuff especially 'speed of the sound of loneliness.'

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