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A Legend Comes to Governors Island

September 8th, 2010


After serving in the army, John Prine became an Illinois postman. During this time, he began performing anywhere he could. It was clear he was a talented singer-songwriter, but oftentimes even the talented need a break. His first came when a friend of Prine’s brought Kris Kristofferson to see him play. “That’s how I got discovered,” said Prine. Another bit of serendipity of equal importance found Chicago Sun-Times movie critic Roger Ebert catching one of his shows. The next day he wrote about Prine, titling the article “Singing Mailman Who Delivers a Powerful Message in a Few Words.” Since then, the prolific musician has released a slew of music and has had many of songs covered by people who are more famous, but certainly not more talented. Let’s face it: John Prine (above, playing “Angel from Montgomery”) is a legend. Do your best to see him on Friday at The Beach at Governors Island.