Playlist: Listen to every song John Prine played at Ruth Eckerd Hall on December 15, 2017

Studio and live versions included.

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click to enlarge Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater, Florida on December 15, 2017. - Jess Phillips
Jess Phillips
Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater, Florida on December 15, 2017.

John Prine alone would’ve been a treat, but the 71-year-old, living American songwriting legend and his band brought pals Amanda Shires and Sturgill Simpson along for the ride at Ruth Eckerd Hall on December 15, 2017.

Here’s part of what our reviewer saw:

For two hours on Friday night — in front of a nearly sold-out crowd at Clearwater’s Ruth Eckerd Hall — he did just that. Dressed for business in a blue suit and purple necktie, Prine and his three-piece band turned a walk through that aforementioned canon into a 25-song set that felt like watching birds fly oh so high. Guitarist Jason Wilber, longtime bassist Dave Jacques and drummer Kenneth Blevins were more than warmed up by the time the ensemble launched into its second song (“Glory Of True Love”), and Prine was happy to play along by joyfully tapping his feet and subtly shimmying in his little square of the stage.

Read the rest of the review — and see photos from the show — here, and see below to listen to a playlist featuring songs Prine, Shires and Simpson played at the show. Download the songs via Spotify.

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Ray Roa

Read his 2016 intro letter and disclosures from 2022 and 2021. Ray Roa started freelancing for Creative Loafing Tampa in January 2011 and was hired as music editor in August 2016. He became Editor-In-Chief in August 2019. Past work can be seen at Suburban Apologist, Tampa Bay Times, Consequence of Sound and The...
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