An update on John pic.twitter.com/fPQbv0tLyB— John Prine (@JohnPrineMusic) March 29, 2020
From John Prine's family comes this horribly unwelcome news. It was relayed to me at Facebook by one of my American electronic friends, Stan Wilson, an occasional reader of Salut! Live's (also occasional) pages.
Stan says simply: "Such bad news. Great singer songwriter."
UPDATE (TUES MARCH 31) from John's wife, Fiona, who has recovered from the virus ...
🙏 JohnPrine RT @FionaPrine: I need to clarify what I mean by “John is stable”. That is not the same as improving. There is no cure for Covid-19. He needs our prayers and love - as do the thousands of others who are critically ill. Stay at home. Wash your hands. We love you.— TLC in the Morning (@TLC_ZEW) March 31, 2020
John's sickness has touched the world of folk and country folk and Joan Baez recorded this message and song in his honour:
Salut! Live salutes the life and work of an artist whose composing qualities once prompted Kris Kristofferson to say he "wrote songs so good that we'll have to break his thumbs".
Let us hope that despite the worrying gravity of his condition, John can recover. Here is a golden nugget from his repertoire ...