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7 essential tracks from John Prine, folk music’s Mark Twain

FILE – This June 15, 2019 file photo shows John Prine performing at the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Manchester, Tenn. The family of John Prine says the singer-songwriter is critically ill and has been placed on a ventilator while being treated for COVID-19-type symptoms. A message posted on Prine’s Twitter page Sunday, March 29, 2020 said the “Angel from Montgomery” singer has been hospitalized since Thursday and his condition worsened on Saturday. (Photo by Amy Harris/Invision/AP, File) NYPS230 NYPS230

NEW YORK — Some people, the songs just come out of them. For nearly half a century, they tumbled out of John Prine like nothing. His songs — compassionate, funny, sage — make up an American songbook that would be staggeringly intimidating if it wasn’t so warm and welcoming. He began — with a dare...

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