If John Prine had never released another album after the now-classic pair that kicked off his career in the early 1970s, contemporary artists would still be scrambling to cover his songs, wired as they are with sharply perceptive and enduring social commentary, wicked humor, and withering cynicism. So the current Broken Hearts & Dirty Windows gathers the likes of Conor Oberst, My Morning Jacket, Lambchop, Deer Lick, the Drive-By Truckers, and the Avett Brothers (whose "Spanish Pipedream" has been all over the radio) covering prime Prine nuggets with appropriately gritty, reverent irreverence. Prine, in fact, has been a prolific songwriter (although issuing no new songs since 2005's Fair & Square), turning out multiple gems through the years. And now the genuine arty-fact is touring hard on the heels of In Person & On Stage, on which he runs down more than a dozen of the classics with assistance from friends such as Emmylou Harris, Iris DeMent, and Sara Watkins. Bassist Dave Jacques and guitar ace Jason Wilber will be along with Prine as usual.
Sat., Sept. 25, 8 p.m., 2010