One of music’s premier songwriters, John Prine, died on Tuesday (April 7) at age 73. Since the release of his self-titled debut album in 1971, a project which contained instant classics such as “Sam Stone,” “Angel From Montgomery,” “Hello in There,” “Paradise” and “Illegal Smile,” Prine has become a revered artist and songwriter who has won two Grammy awards (and was named a Lifetime Achievement Award recipient by the Recording Academy for 2020). He released 18 full-length studio albums over the course of his career and had the highest debut of his career with 2018’s The Tree of Forgiveness. Last year, he was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
In recent years, artists such as Jason Isbell, Margo Price, Kacey Musgraves and more have cited him as a chief influence. Prine worked with and earned praise from artists including Bob Dylan, “Cowboy” Jack Clement and Kris Kristofferson.
Following news of Prine’s passing, tributes poured in from many artists, including Bruce Springsteen, Miranda Lambert, Isbell, Bonnie Raitt and more. Also among those offering tributes to Prine was Trisha Yearwood, who was among Prine’s collaborators on his 1999 album In Spite of Ourselves.
Read below for several tributes to Prine:
Over here on E Street, we are crushed by the loss of John Prine. John and I were “New Dylans” together in the early 70s and he was never anything but the lovliest guy in the world. A true national treasure and a songwriter for the ages. We send our love and prayers to his family.
— Bruce Springsteen (@springsteen) April 8, 2020
We love you John.
— Jason Isbell (@JasonIsbell) April 8, 2020
— K A C E Y (@KaceyMusgraves) April 8, 2020
It hurts so bad to read the news. I am gutted. My hero is gone. My friend is gone. We’ll love you forever John Prine.
— Margo Price (@MissMargoPrice) April 8, 2020
My heart is broken. Godspeed kind man. All my love and strength to your family. 💔 https://t.co/7zV1WK15O0
— Trisha Yearwood (@trishayearwood) April 8, 2020
The angel flies home. Rest in blessed peace John Prine.
Love and prayers to all of your family and friends. -KU
— Keith Urban (@KeithUrban) April 8, 2020
Angel from Montgomery was one of the first songs I learned to play on guitar when I was 12. This one hurts. 💔 pic.twitter.com/ZGVO4h6Hjg
— MAREN MORRIS (@MarenMorris) April 8, 2020
— Miranda Lambert (@mirandalambert) April 8, 2020
Just give me one thing I can hold on to. I’m just heartbroken. #johnprine
— rosanne cash (@rosannecash) April 8, 2020
My love is with the Prine family. We all mourn now. This is devastating. Absolutely devastating. A loss we can’t comprehend.
— Ashley McBryde (@AshleyMcBryde) April 8, 2020
God bless you John and thank you eternally for the sacred gift of the often overlooked happiness in moments of everyday life that you caused us to see, hear, and feel with your songs…
— Dwight Yoakam (@DwightYoakam) April 8, 2020
John, thank you for sharing your gift with so many around the world. I’m especially grateful for the joy you’ve brought to our family. We all love you. Extending our prayers of comfort to yours. ❤️ pic.twitter.com/Vj4l4XqfHj
— Lee Ann Womack (@leeannwomack) April 8, 2020
— John Paul White (@johnpaulwhite) April 8, 2020
My heart hurts learning that John Prine has passed away. He is singing with the angels. You will be missed but your songs will live on. ❤️
— Sheryl Crow (@SherylCrow) April 8, 2020
Heartbroken by the news about John Prine. I loved that man. One of the very best. Rest In Peace. God bless his family and friends. pic.twitter.com/msBHg1tUWQ
— Billy Ray Cyrus (@billyraycyrus) April 8, 2020
And then I’m gonna drink a cocktail: vodka and ginger ale Yeah, I’m gonna smoke a cigarette that’s nine miles long I’m gonna kiss a pretty girl on the tilt-a-whirl Cause this old man is going to town”
“WHEN I GET TO HEAVEN” ~ John Prine 💔 🚬 pic.twitter.com/4LtRpowz4J
— Brandy Clark (@TheBrandyClark) April 8, 2020
Words can’t even come close.
I’m crushed by the loss of my dear friend, John. My heart and love go out to Fiona and all the family. For all of us whose hearts are breaking, we will keep singing his songs and holding him near. @JohnPrineMusic
— Bonnie Raitt (@TheBonnieRaitt) April 8, 2020
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