John Prine, one of the most distinctive and beloved American songwriters of the past 40 years, will make his first appearance in Maine north of Portland in more than a decade, when he performs at the Collins Center for the Arts on Saturday, March 29. Tickets, priced at $48-$68, go on sale on Friday, Oct. 25
Prine was a young man in Chicago in the early 1970s, working as a mailman and moonlighting as a songwriter, when he was discovered by Kris Kristofferson. His self-titled debut in 1971 was released to acclaimed and started a long career, both as a singer and as a songwriter who has had his songs performed by numerous artists, including Johnny Cash, Bonnie Raitt, Willie Nelson, R.E.M. and countless others. He is renowned for his gravelly voice, finger picked guitar playing, and plainspoken, poetry lyrics and simple melodies, as on some of his more famous songs, including “Sam Stone,” “Angel From Montgomery” and “Paradise.” His most recent album, “The Singing Mailman Delivers,” is a two-disc compilation of his earliest recordings.
Tickets are available online at collinscenterforthearts.com, or by calling 581-1755.