Known as a "songwriter's songwriter," John Prine is a rare talent who composes songs that other songwriters would sell their souls for... There's a long list of famous songwriters who have recorded gems from his extensive catalog, including Johnny Cash, Bonnie Raitt, the Everly Brothers, John Denver, Kris Kristofferson, Carly Simon, Ben Harper and Joan Baez.
On Thursday, Dec. 27, Prine will grace the Castle Theater stage at Maui Arts & Cultural Center (MACC) to perform his hits from over 40 years of recording.
Long before the awards, concerts and many albums, Prine trudged through snow in the cold Chicago winters, delivering mail across Maywood, his childhood suburb.
On Thursday, Dec. 27, John Prine will grace the Castle Theater stage at Maui Arts & Cultural Center (MACC) to perform his hits from over 40 years of recording.
"I always likened the mail route to a library with no books," said Prine. "I passed the time each day making up little ditties."
Many of the songs he penned on that route landed on his classic self-titled debut record, including his signature, "Illegal Smile," "Sam Stone" and the folk and country standards, "Angel from Montgomery" and "Paradise."
This year, John released "The Singing Mailman Delivers," a two-disc archival set featuring his earliest studio and live recordings dating back to 1970, one year before his premiere album. These tracks reveal a younger Prine as an honest and unassuming songwriter, writing words on his mail route by day and moonlighting as a folk singer in Chicago clubs at night.
In 2003, he garnered both a Lifetime Achievement Award for songwriting by the UK's BBC Radio 2 and was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. With immeasurable accolades, including two Grammy Awards and the distinction of being one of the few songwriters honored by the Library of Congress as a U.S. Poet Laureate, Prine is more than a composer--he's an American treasure.
Tickets for the concert are available for $41.50, $51.50 and $61.50 plus applicable fees. Visit the MACC Box Office, call 242-SHOW (7469) or go online to MauiArts.org.
George Kahumoku, Jr. will open the show. Enjoy preshow dining and live entertainment from 6 p.m. in Yokouchi Pavilion Courtyard.