Two time Grammy-award winner, John Prine, is a singer songwriter who, from his eponymously titled first LP release in 1971, has continued to write and perform songs that have become central to our American musical heritage. Classics like, ‘Angel from Montgomery’,‘Sam Stone,’ ‘Paradise,’ and ‘Hello in There’ speak to the everyday experience of ordinary people with a simple honesty, and an extraordinary ability to get right through to the heart of the listener.
With his career spanning more than 40 years Prine continues to perform at sold out shows all over the US, Canada, and Europe. Among the many awards and accolades John has received in recent times include is his 2003 induction into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, an Americana Lifetime Achievement Award for songwriting and was honored at the Library of Congress by US Poet Laureate Ted Kooser. Prine has become for many, not just a well loved and appreciated songwriter, but a bonafide American treasure.
From the individuals who see the world through a Reeder-esque lens to those who might have more extroverted sensibilities, there's something universal about Dan's music. On his debut release, Dan strikes a common chord by including a song that contains one simple phrase: "I've got all he fuckin' work I need" That repeated declaration dances playfully with an intentionally sparse arrangement of a lonely handclap. It's this simple, blunt sensibility that makes Dan's music so accessible and, concersely, what makes him such a recluse.
When Oh Boy Records released Dan Reeder’s self-titled album on March 16th, 2004, a somewhat select group of wildly imaginative isolates found cause to celebrate. The album had a special significance to those who might be labeled as lonely daydreamers, but it was Dan’s imagination and humor that allowed everyone to enjoy his art.