PASCAGOULA — The late, great John Prine was considered one of the true great American treasures as a singer/songwriter for many decades before his untimely death in 2020 during the Covid pandemic.
But the memories and the music of the legendary Prine are still alive today, and fans of his music will soon have the chance to relive his lyrics and songs in Pascagoula.
On Saturday, Aug., 19th “The Alabama Troubadours Celebrate the Music of John Prine” will take place at The Grand Magnolia Ballroom as part of the ongoing “Grand Mag Music Live” concert series. Tickets are already on sale at www.grandmagmusic.com.
The Alabama Troubadours are comprised of a quartet of veteran professional musicians hailing from both the Birmingham and Mobile areas. The group brings well over a century of live music experience collectively to their newest endeavor celebrating Prine’s music which just began earlier this year but is expected to expand into a nationwide tour in 2024.
This stellar lineup includes Rick Carter (Rollin In The Hay, Telluride), Stan Foster (Rollin in The Hay, Phil And Foster), Donna Hall (Wet Willie), and William “Moose” Harrell (Jason And The Scorchers, Telluride). These savvy veterans have toured the world and then some, logging time on stage with some of the all-time great solo artists and bands throughout the southeast individually and in various other bands. Earlier this year they decided to come together as a group to present the music of the great John Prine.
Carter is authentic in his role as one of his musical heroes and Hall, a member of the Alabama AND Georgia Music Hall Of Fame, is a stunning complement, as she perfects the Prine duets. With Foster on bass and Harrell on assorted guitars and pedal steel, a powerful musical experience is guaranteed.
If you’re a Prine fan this show is a must-see. If you are just learning about the masterful writings of John Prine, then you can’t miss these Alabama legends in their show of deep reverence for an American music treasure.
“In 1974, I lived in Mobile in a run-down apartment off of Dauphin Island Parkway,” Carter explained. “I had little to eat, but had a handful of dreams, a Marantz stereo, and John Prine’s first two albums. My friend, Moose Harrell, and I learned all the songs, sang them as loud as we could, and our hearts were full. Forty-nine years later, the Alabama Troubadours present: The Music of John Prine. This new adventure is in deep reverence to an old soul and his brilliant songwriting.”
The group played their first show in Columbiana, Ala. in March and will hit Decatur, Ala., and Macon, Ga., before landing in Pascagoula and then finishing the year off with stops in Birmingham and Montgomery. According to Carter, the band had originally planned on beginning the new project some years ago but delayed the shows due to Prine’s sudden death.