Well, it seems that I got to the party, quite a lot late. But John Prine truly made some wonderful music that I think will surely stand on its own even as time passes us by.
Here are a couple of songs that show, I think how he could take such a somber subject as death and work it into a good tune. He was a one of a kind kind of guy. Gone but never forgotten, he sure left and impression on me! It don't make no sense that common sense don't make no sense no more. - From Common Sense
John Prine, who for five decades wrote rich, plain-spoken songs that chronicled the struggles and stories of everyday working people and changed the face of modern American roots music, died Tuesday at Nashville’s Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He was 73. The cause was complications related to COVID-19, his family confirmed to Rolling Stone.
I grew up near Maywood, Illinois, where John Prine was "the singing mailman" back in the 1960's and 1970's, until his music career paid enough to live on. I never saw him live, sad to say, but my sister and BIL did numerous times. I do remember Terry Hemmert on WXRT in Chicago talking about him and his mailman job, giving some background on John and his music.
He wrote "Angel from Montgomery", which Bonnie Raitt did such a fantastic job with.