Thursday, April 9, 2020

John Prine - NFOTM Concert, Illinois State University, March 12, 1971

Promo copy of Prine's first album given to NFOTM by the man himself
Pantagraph March 11, 1971
In March of 1971, 24-year-old John Prine performed one of his first concerts outside of the Chicago area.  Traveling 130 miles south on a Friday night to the campus of Illinois State University in Normal, Prine went on stage at 8 pm and played two sets at the Red Door in the (Old) Union building.

The concert was sponsored by the New Friends of Old Time Music, a student organization that promoted folk, blues and bluegrass concerts on campus for more than 15 years. (See NFOTM for more on the organization.)  Like all of the NFOTM shows at the time, the John Prine concert was free.

John performed over 20 songs that evening, accompanied only by his guitar.  His first album would not be released for another eight months (though Prine did provide an early promo copy of the LP for NFOTM - shown above).  While most of the songs he played that night were on his debut album, several would not be released for years to come.  Almost certainly everyone in attendance that night was hearing Prine and all of these songs for the very first time.  Below is the full set list:
  • Your Flag Decal Won't Get You Into Heaven Anymore
  • Angel From Montgomery
  • Aw Heck
  • Hello In There
  • Paradise
  • Illegal Smile
  • Great Society Conflict Veteran's Blues (aka Sam Stone)
  • Donald and Lydia
  • Way Down
  • Spanish Pipedream
  • Quiet Man
ISU senior Janel Hiland performed between sets 
  • Flashback Blues
  • Sour Grapes
  • Blue Umbrella
  • The Frying Pan
  • Souvenirs
  • The Great Compromise
  • Spanish Pipedream
  • Six O'Clock News
  • Clocks and Spoons
  • Your Flag Decal Won't Get You Into Heaven Anymore
  • Hey Good Lookin' / Jambalaya
Thanks to Bill Kemp and the McLean County Museum of History, Greg Koos, Chris Koos, Keith Zaleski, Bruce Bergethon, Laine Morreau, Milner Library and Illinois State University.


Sunday, April 5, 2020

Show #46 - Apr. 5, 2020

A Psychedelic 20 Pack of Sound: 1965 -1968

The Del-RaysLollipop LadyArch1968Mascoutah
The One-Eyed JacksSomewhere They Can't Find MeLakeside1966Champaign-Urbana
The Sound of FuryI Don't Need YouSummit1968LaSalle-Peru
The Unknown?All Over The World (La La La)Cinema1967Belleville
The ShagsIt Ain't EasyGolden Voice1967Peoria
The Sounds Of UsWhat Would You SaySummit1968Ottawa
The Seeds of ReasonI'm Your True LoveLakeside1966Rockford
The Golden HazeHave You Ever Loved SomebodyCobblestone1968LaSalle-Peru
Five Of A KindeI Could Love YouGarric1967Quad Cities
The JacemenDon't Take It Out On MeLarson1967Rockford
The Raindear ArmyAviatorLedger1967Springfield
The Nite-OwlsHassleRembrandt1966Carbondale
The Coming GenerationDown To The CitySummit1968Dwight
The KomonsWhyFeature1966Rockford
The Rising TidesThe Girl's Made GoodSummit1968LaSalle-Peru
Kracker-Barrel KomplexMy WorldPage1968LaSalle-Peru
The Eighth DayTen BelowSummit1968Toluca
The Back PagesGood Things In LifeGolden Voice1967Streator
The MavericksIf You Had Just Been GoodSummit1968Ottawa
The NomaddsI'm In TransitRadex1965Freeport