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Sunday, March 29, 2020

The family of John Prine says that the legendary singer-songwriter has been hospitalized since Thursday after a "sudden onset of COVID-19 symptoms." According to the family's statement, Prine, 73, was intubated on Saturday, "and continues to receive care, but his situation is critical." John Prine, 73, is a two-time cancer survivor. He was most recently diagnosed with lung cancer in 2013, which led to a surgical removal of part of a lung. He had stent surgery in 2019 and postponed tour dates to have hip surgery earlier this year.

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I could post Prine songs endlessly:

www.billboard.com

One of the greatest American musicians ever and his peers absolutely love performing with him.

#1 | Posted by rcade at 2020-03-29 06:55 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

There's a hole in our health care where all the money goes.

#2 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-03-29 07:04 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

There's a hole in our health care where all the money goes.

#2 | Posted by snoofy

And democrats had the power to fix it in 2009 but they loved that campaign bribe cash too much.

#3 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2020-03-29 07:57 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

Terrible. Come on, John, we need you right now.

#4 | Posted by cbob at 2020-03-29 08:10 PM | Reply

"And democrats had the power to fix it in 2009"

Republicans have the power to fix it right now.
The only thing that might fix it is when the hospitals are overrun and health care collapses entirely.
That's usually the way we "fix" things in this country: They have to fail catastrophically first. We're failing catastrophically right now.

#5 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-03-29 08:13 PM | Reply

Oh, crap.

He's already lived through a lot, maybe he'll live through this.

"But fortunately I have the key to escape reality
And you may see me tonight with an illegal smile
It don't cost very much, but it lasts a long while
Won't you please tell the man I didn't kill anyone
No I'm just tryin' to have me some fun"

#6 | Posted by Corky at 2020-03-29 08:34 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

And democrats had the power to fix it in 2009 but they loved that campaign bribe cash too much.
#3 | POSTED BY SPEAKSOFTLY

Yup, blame is deserved to be placed on B. Hussein and the Dems' doorstep. But, not nearly as much blame deserved to be placed on Trump's or the Repubs, at this point.

The latter point being far more significant, IMO. So much so, an asterisk in the annals of history will be all that's required in the section "Who Screwed the Coronavirus Pooch" to indicate B. Hussein and the Dem's role in this fiasco. The rest of the 90+ pages of said section will be solely devoted to Trump and the Repubs anti-American, self-serving interests.

#7 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2020-03-29 08:39 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"John Prine: American Oracle
He wrote his first protest song in 1968, but this country has never needed him more than it does now."

Margaret Renkl
By Margaret Renkl

NASHVILLE " Nine songs into his sold-out show at the Ryman Auditorium here on Oct. 5, John Prine stopped singing long enough to give some context for a song he wrote 50 years ago, during the height of the Vietnam War.

"I wrote this next one as a protest song," he said. "It was 1968, and at the time we had a real jerk in the White House." He paused before voicing what I was already thinking: "What a coincidence."

Then he kicked off the famous antiwar anthem from his 1971 debut album, "John Prine":

But your flag decal won't get you into Heaven anymore
They're already overcrowded from your dirty little war
Now Jesus don't like killin', no matter what the reason's for
And your flag decal won't get you into Heaven anymore"

more, excellent article
www.nytimes.com

#8 | Posted by Corky at 2020-03-29 08:40 PM | Reply

Pretty good, not bad,
you know I can't complain.
Actually all those viruses is just about the same..

Get healed!

#9 | Posted by Spork at 2020-03-29 08:43 PM | Reply

He's a millionaire so health insurance isn't a problem.

History hasn't determined if Trump is history until it is history that determines if he's history.

#10 | Posted by Petrous at 2020-03-29 08:56 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

And democrats had the power to fix it in 2009 but they loved that campaign bribe cash too much.

Obama wasn't going to get universal health care in 2009. He got as much as he could get with the makeup of the Senate, where some of the Democrats were blue dogs and kept trimming back the legislation. The Affordable Care Act gave millions of Americans the best health care we'd been able to get in decades -- including myself and my family.

Back to the real subject, John Prine is a national treasure. I hope that old dog still has some fight left in him.

#11 | Posted by rcade at 2020-03-29 09:28 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 4

John Prine is a legendary hero of mine.

Wishing him speedy recovery.

#12 | Posted by oldwhiskeysour at 2020-03-29 10:26 PM | Reply

And democrats had the power to fix it in 2009 but they loved that campaign bribe cash too much.
#3 | POSTED BY SPEAKSOFTLY

It's the Democrats fault that there is no national health care in the US? Wow, you get to learn new things on this site every day.
Are you dense? Don't answer that! We already know.

#13 | Posted by CrisisStills at 2020-03-30 04:43 AM | Reply

While in the hospital, please make sure he has an illegal smile on his face all the time...

#14 | Posted by catdog at 2020-03-30 09:04 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

If you're new to John Prine and digging what you're hearing, check out Americana music. There are a lot of great musicians in that country-but-not-pandering category. I saw Iris DeMent perform last year here with Pieta Brown and it was a great concert.

#15 | Posted by rcade at 2020-03-30 10:20 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Thank you for sharing John Prine with us!

Good stuff!

I have heard him before but never really listened.

Now I will keep my illegal smile on in his honor as much as possible.

Sending good chi for a good man. Hopefully we won't have to bury him in the dirt like he don't want and he will be around for a long time. We need more humans like him! I hate it when the good ones have to leave.

#16 | Posted by donnerboy at 2020-03-30 10:42 AM | Reply

Much love to Mr. Prine.

#17 | Posted by uncle_meat at 2020-03-30 03:48 PM | Reply

Prine is in stable condition.

www.denverpost.com

Cool Prine story: In 1970, Roger Ebert walked out of a movie he'd been reviewing for the @Suntimes and into a Lincoln Park bar. There, a mailman named John Prine was performing. Ebert wrote about Prine's set instead, giving the singer his first review.

www.rogerebert.com

www.chicagomag.com

#18 | Posted by rcade at 2020-03-30 04:45 PM | Reply

"Prine is in stable condition"

Well there goes my joke, which I stole from Al Roeker, in a different context:

"John Prine is a national treasure."
"Good, because we're going to bury him."

#19 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-03-30 05:06 PM | Reply

In the 80's, on my first date with my wonderful wife, we decided to head over to the Bluebird (in Nashville). Weeknight, half full. John Prine and his brother, Billy, were on stage.

John's younger brother, Billy, was playing electric guitar as John's only accompaniment besides John's acoustic guitar.

Every now and then, Billy would do kind of an Elvis thing with his lips and 'really get into it' playing guitar. That was funny. But what was really funny happened later that set:

Billy is more than a foot taller than John. All through the set, Billy would mouth, "O-KAY!" at John. At one point (which we still chuckle over after all these years), Billy said, loudly enough for everyone to hear, "QUIT TELLING ME WHAT TO DO, MAN!" It was really funny!

#20 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2020-03-31 02:58 AM | Reply

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