XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Knockin’ On Your Screen Door” by John Prine

John Prine | photo by John Kurc | courtesy of artist

Folk legend John Prine returns with a new album, Tree Of Forgiveness, on April 13th. The album was produced by Dave Cobb at RCA’s Studio A in Nashville, and features guest appearances from Jason Isbell, Amanda Shires and Brandi Carlile.

Prine, began his career in Chicago in the late Sixties. Mail man by day, he began playing open mic nights and soon became a fixture in the local Chicago folk music scene. He released his debut in 1971 and went on to write many classic songs including “Illegal Smile, “Hello In There, “Sam Stone,” and the often covered “Angel From Montgomery.” Prine’s last album For Better Or Worse, was a collection of vintage country songs, duets that he sung with Iris Dement, Susan Tedeschi, Lee Ann Womack, Kacey Musgraves, Alison Krauss, and others.

“Knockin’ On Your Screen Door” from Tree of Forgiveness is a classic slice of Prine-ology, a story about a lonely man whose family left him with nothing but a George Jones 8-track, pleading “I can use some help here, with a can of pork and beans.” Listen to the song below, and see John Prine when WXPN welcomes him to the Merriam Theater on April 14th with Kurt Vile.



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