Conversation and music with John Prine, Bill Lloyd

NASHVILLE: Parnassus Books is hosting an intimate evening of music and stories with Grammy award-winning songwriter John Prine, in conversation with Bill Lloyd, on November 21st at 6:30 p.m.  Tickets are on sale now at $50 and include a signed copy of John Prine Beyond Words. A portion of the proceeds from each ticket purchase will benefit Thistle Farms. Please note, guaranteed seating is limited to the first 100 ticket holders, and attendance is limited to 200.
The first 100 tickets for this event will reserve a seat in the store for the reading. Once the first 100 tickets have been purchased, the next 100 tickets are standing room only. Because of our layout and capacity limitations, we can only accommodate 200 people inside the store. We also will not be able to provide chairs for every attendee, and not all parts of the store will have full visibility.
About the book: In his first official book, Prine curates a selection of his favorites songs, photographs and stories from his catalogue. The new book includes:
  •  Over 100 photographs from John Prine’s personal collection
  • Copies of hand-written lyrics showing how the songs evolve
  • Notes from John about the songs and photographs
  • Lyrics and guitar chords for over 60 classic John Prine songs
About John Prine: 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.
Hailed by Rolling Stone as “The Mark Twain of songwriting,” and long considered a “songwriter’s songwriter,” John Prine is a rare talent whose writing is greatly admired by his peers.  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. In 2016, John was awarded the PEN New England’s Song Lyrics of Literary Excellence Awards.
John lives in Nashville with his wife, Fiona, and enjoys spending time with their 3 sons, daughter-in-law, and grandchildren.
About Bill Lloyd:
Bill Lloyd is a Nashville based songwriter, musician, recording artist and producer who is most often remembered as half of the late ‘80’s RCA country-rock duo, Foster and Lloyd. Lloyd’s diverse musical activities include working as a producer (ranging from Carl Perkins to MTV reality show indie-rockers, The Secret), a session player (from Brit-pop icons like Ray Davies of The Kinks and Glenn Tilbrook of Squeeze to country legends like Buck Owens and Steve Earle), a sideman (Poco, Marshall Crenshaw and with Cheap Trick when they perform The Beatles Sgt. Pepper with orchestra) and as a songwriter (with songs cut by Trisha Yearwood, Martina McBride, Sara Evans, Hootie and the Blowfish and many more). He has recorded a string of critically acclaimed solo records that blend his melodic power pop sensibility with finely tuned song craft. During his stint as the Stringed Instrument Curator at The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, he helped create the quarterly series Nashville Cats, that he continues to host. For the last twenty years he’s been the music director for Ken Paulson and the First Amendment Center’s Freedom Sings program. He also organized and plays in Nashville’s high concept cover band, The Long Players profiled on NPR’s All Things Considered.

Parnassus Books is located at 3900 Hillsboro Pike, Suite 14 in Nashville. Call the store at 615.953.224


About Author

Christine Anne Piesyk has been a journalist for more than 50 years. Her credits include positions as Editor in Chief, Managing Editor, Staff Writer specializing in education, leisure living, food and arts and entertainment. She was co-producer, writer and on air persona for the Entertainment Review for 25 years. Now "retired," she finds herself working on online websites and as a book editor. In her other life, she is a costume designer in her daughter's company, Gemini Dream Designs.

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