John Prine born on Oct., 10th, the year 1946, in Maywood, Illinois is an American country/folk singer-songwriter. John has been active as a recording artist and live performer from the early 1970s. He is the son of William Prine and Verna Hamm. Prine started to play the guitar at age of fourteen and was taught by his brother called David. He was a postman for 5 years and served in the Army before beginning his musical career in Chicago. In the late 1960s, while Prine was delivering mail in Maywood, Illinois, he started to sing at open-mic evenings at the Fifth Peg on Armitage Avenue. Prine was in beginning a spectator; unwilling to perform, but eventually did so in response to a "You think you can do better?" comment made to him by another performer. Chicago ‘Sun-Times’ movie critic Roger Ebert heard him there and wrote the first review that Prine ever had received, calling him a great songwriter.
He became a central figure in the Chicago Folk Revival, which also featured such singer-songwriters as Steve Goodman, Bonnie Koloc, Jim Post and Fred Holstein. Accompanied by such established musicians as Jethro Burns and Bob Gibson, Prine performed regularly at such clubs as the Earl of Old Town, the Quiet Knight, Somebody Elses Troubles and the Bulls.