John Prine set for Maine appearance with March 29 Collins Center concert

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, or by calling 581-1755.

Emily Burnham

About Emily Burnham

Emily Burnham is a Maine native, UMaine graduate, proud Bangorian and a writer and editor for Bangor Metro Magazine, the Weekly and the Bangor Daily News, where she's worked since 2004. She reports on everything from local bands to local food to all the cool things going on in the Greater Bangor area. In her quest for stories, she's seen countless concerts and plays, been lobster fishing, interviewed celebrities, hung out with water buffalo and played in a ukulele orchestra. She's interested in everything that happens in Maine. Albums for review are accepted digitally only; please no CDs.