Anybody who’s studied nation and roots music through the years is aware of how vital pedigree might be, and doesn’t must be bought on the significance of the songwriting legacy of John Prine. The music legend died in 2020 on the age of 73, however his reminiscence lives on by means of his music and his label Oh Boy Information. It is going to additionally reside on by means of his son, who has simply launched his debut single in what he hopes would be the begin of a promising songwriting profession charting a legacy all his personal.
At 26-years-old, Tommy Prine is the youngest son of John Prine. He discovered how you can fingerpick from his father, first selecting up a guitar on the age of 10. However curiously, it wasn’t his father’s music that first impressed Tommy to get into singer/songwriter materials on the in the past of 17. It was Jason Isbell’s opus Southeastern.
Tommy would exit on the highway together with his dad when he was youthful, serving to to promote merch, and upon event, taking the stage to sing a track. The primary track Tommy wrote was known as “One thing Like An Angel,” and after listening to it, John inspired him to write down extra. It was performing together with his father on the 30A Songwriters Fest a number of years in the past the place Tommy actually caught the bug, and needed to turn into a performer. The dying of his father and discovering songwriting as a strategy to course of the grief compelled him much more.
You hear that processing of grief in Tommy Prine’s debut, “Ships within the Harbor.” With a poetic grace that doesn’t want a well-known identify to be compelling, Tommy exquisitely encapsulates how all of the happiness and charm in life—nevertheless pleasurable—is invariably fleeting. From the heat of seeing a bluebird perched on a fence, to the unconditional love of a father, ultimately, it can go away as a result of rhythms of life. As a lot as “Ships within the Harbor” is a lament on inevitability, it’s additionally a lesson to benefit from the candy moments of life whereas we’re within the midst of them.
“I wrote this track round my birthday final yr,” Tommy explains, “and I all the time get tremendous existential round my birthday and I had a thought that we as people can solely really feel as deeply as we do and love folks and worry issues and all the opposite intense feelings is as a result of all the things we expertise is finite, together with our personal lives. So I wrote a track about these little highly effective moments and reflections within the human expertise to try to seize the sweetness in mortality.”
Tommy has one other track he’s planning to launch October 14th known as “Turning Stones” forward of a debut album anticipated in early 2023. He’s been touring on and off all through 2022, and shall be acting at AmericanaFest in Nashville on September fifteenth at 8:00 p.m. at The 5 Spot. He’ll even be on tour with Todd Snider in November.
All we have now is one track from Tommy Prine to date, however it reveals him as one of many extra promising younger voices within the singer/songwriter house.