Tommy Prine walks in giant footsteps onto the Bijou stage

“I Always Will Remember These Words My Daddy Said…”

“My style is a mistake.”

With that simple admission, the legendary songwriter John Prine summed up a life in music that most artists would die for. When he spoke these words, he was in a vintage guitar shop in Nashville, holding a priceless 1943 Gibson J-45.

He joked, “I swore one day I was going to get a guitar with only three frets.” But it wasn’t a joke. When you know your limits, you don’t have any.

Last month, Nashville turned out as only Nashville can, filling every seat at the Ryman Auditorium and every square inch on stage to celebrate John Prine’s 76th birthday, two years after the ultimate enigma’s death. Diet ginger ale and Smirnoff’s flowed like wine. The performers included Jason Isbell, Chris Isaak, Nathaniel Rateliff, Bonnie Raitt, Shawn Camp, Leyla McCalla, Lucinda Williams, Lyle Lovett, and Dwight Yoakam, among many others.

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