The Songs of John Prine presented by Billy Prine & The Prine Time Band

Tuesday
12
Apr

A Brother’s Tribute

“This tour is dedicated to my late brother John Prine, 1946-2020. All the best to The Best, Love you, Brother.” -Billy Prine, Nashville, 2021

Please note: Proof of Covid-19 vaccination (card or photo is acceptable), or negative test (time-stamped, no older than 72 hours) is required to enter. Masks are suggested except while eating and drinking.

 

 

Why you should see this show….

Billy Prine is a natural-born storyteller just like his late, great brother John Prine was a natural-born songwriter. John was a great communicator of the human experience whittled down to the best words. His big, little brother, owner of a rich, booming voice yet full of subtleness, is one of the finest orators you’ll ever hear – also choosing just the right turn of phrase.

During these concerts celebrating John’s life in song, Billy will tell stories about or surrounding some of John’s most beloved songs before leading his band through his version of John’s timeless masterpieces. As an example, fans will get to hear the first time John played his classic song “Paradise” for their father as the family sat around the kitchen table.

Songs are stories, novellas, if you will, and stories often become songs. It is only fitting that in the course of each show during this tour, that Billy relates – as only he can – the stories that surround the songs of his dear brother John.
 

Billy Prine & The Prine Time Band Bio
Billy Prine (the younger brother of John Prine) formed and led his first bar band in Chicago at the tender age of twelve. Chicago in the 1960’s and early 1970’s was wide open, just as FM radio was evolving, with all types of music, but especially the blues from the famed Chess Records and country music with the National Barn Dance, which was a precursor to the Grand Ole Opry. Growing up in such a rich musical city allowed Billy to develop his unique style of American roots music and absorb a myriad of influences firsthand by seeing Buck Owens and the Buckaroos, The Rolling Stones and Chicago’s innumerable blues legends such as Howlin’ Wolf, Paul Butterfield, Muddy Waters, Michael Bloomfield, and many more.​

As any true child of the late ’60s and early ’70s, Billy headed west to California for several years before heading back east again with his thumb out in the wind catching rides back to Chicago. This unto itself is another education, which took him through the heartland and even as far south as New Orleans. But the call of family was strong and Billy served as his brother John Prine’s tour manager in the late ’70s, which included hanging at Sam Phillips recording studio in Memphis, Tennessee in 1979 while John was recording his Pink Cadillac album with Knox and Jerry Phillips producing. Jerry and Knox’s father – the iconic Sam Phillips – stepped in to produce two tracks for the first time in years at the recording console.

In the 1980s became one of the original bartenders at the world famous Bluebird Café in Nashville, Tennessee when it opened in 1982. He was a deejay at the famous Nashville nightspot Chevy’s where he would stroll in for his shift in white tails and a white top hat spinning all the hip records. And while residing in Nashville, Billy would head back to Chicago to blow the doors off the joints there with his band Billy and the Bangers.​

Let’s revisit the early years – this is when Billy had the opportunity to see Johnny Cash when he was four years old. As the decade of the ’60s progressed, Billy witnessed Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass, Sergio Mendes and Brazil 66, Flatt and Scruggs, Ernest Tubb and his Texas Troubadours in concert, among others. All these influences along with the Beach Boys and early Fleetwood Mac would inform and influence the artist that Billy Prine is today. You can hear all these influences in his writing and performing while he truly remains his own man dedicated to the blues and country music.​

In the 1990s, Billy took his talents in A&R to Oh Boy Records where he curated and produced the series “Live from Mountain Stage” (the iconic and long-running radio show from Charleston, West Virginia) for Blue Plate Records, which was distributed by Oh Boy Records. The 1990’s also found Billy as the overnight weekend deejay on Lightning 100 – WRLT100.1FM in Nashville.

As the new millennium arrived and led into the 2010s, Billy crafted his performing and songwriting in Nashville. This led to Billy’s new record, A Place I Used To Know, released on July 10, 2020, and produced by Michael Dinallo. The podcast Prine Time will feature various tracks from the EP and is sure to knock your socks off!

 

Dining Option

Purchase of a ticket to a show in the Supper Club ensures you will have a seat for the concert. However, if you intend to dine before or during the performance, you also need to make a dining reservation. To make a dining reservation, click here or call our Box Office at (216) 242-1250. Click here to see the menu.

If you are attending a concert in the Supper Club with a party of two or more, please have one person make a reservation for the whole group to ensure you are seated together. If you are attending with a party of eight or more, you must call the Box Office to make your reservation at (216) 242-1250.

To better serve all our customers, we require that you arrive on time for your dining reservation. Arriving more than 15 minutes after your reserved time will result in the cancellation of your reservation. You will be seated for the concert, but you may be put on a waiting list for dining.

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