The Tree of Forgiveness by John Prine
Reviewed by Janet Blakeney
Available on Freegal
On April 7th, 2020 America lost one of her most treasured songwriters as John Prine died due to complications of Covid-19 at 73 years old. He was born and raised in the Chicago area and was a part of the Chicago Folk scene, crafting his style at the Old Town School of Folk Music. He was discovered playing at a bar by film critic Roger Ebert and singer/songwriter Kris Kristofferson. Probably his most famous song is “Angel From Montgomery” beautifully recorded by Bonnie Raitt.
If you enjoy an acoustic, thoughtful music style you will like John Prine’s latest offering The Tree of Forgiveness. It was his first album of all original music in ten years and it doesn’t disappoint. My personal favorite track is “Boundless Love.” The simple acoustic guitar and stark, haunting vocals drew me in. The experiences of a lifetime seem to be summed up in the depth and richness of his vocals.
In 2019, this album received the Album of the Year from the Americana Music Honors and Awards. Prine received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2020.
You can find The Tree of Forgiveness along with other John Prine albums on Freegal. Find more information about Freegal on the library’s website.