John Prine: 10 essential songs -- with picks from a former bandmate

John Prine: 10 essential songs -- with picks from a former bandmate

CHICAGO — When Angelo Varias was on the road with John Prine, as a drummer in his late 1970s backup band, it was a good vibe, Varias remembered, a bunch of Chicago guys and a bandleader “who was probably the easiest-going, but nicest and most supportive band person I’ve worked with.”But then the tour would land someplace like L.A. and Varias and bandmates would see their compatriot in a new light as people like Kris Kristofferson and Phil Spector came backstage at the Roxy to pay their respects.“When we’d enter a room and there’d be somebody like Roger Waters (of Pink Floyd) there and he’d be ...


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