Story last updated at 4:42 p.m. Thursday, October 17, 2002

Prine to play Homer, twice
Critics and fans alike champion John Prine because his songs give listeners a unique and intimate glimpse into the souls of people whose lives take place off the beaten track of popular culture.

At times tragic, at times hilarious, that perspective will be offered up during Prine's two shows at the Mariner Theatre in Homer on Tuesday and Wednesday. The 7:30 p.m. shows are part of a five-city, six-show tour that has Prine taking his act to the two states that are off the beaten track, Alaska and Hawaii.

It is Prine's first trip to Alaska in more than a decade. While in Homer previously, he reportedly played at Land's End Resort.

His talents as a songwriter of unusual honesty and wit have earned him Grammy honors as well as the respect of peers such as Bonnie Raitt, Bruce Springsteen and Bob Dylan.

Those skills are showcased on the two most recent releases from his Nashville-based Oh Boy record label: "Souvenirs," released in 2000, is a critically-acclaimed studio CD featuring mostly acoustic rerecordings of classic early Prine; and in 2001 he release his first DVD project "John Prine

Live -- From Sessions At West 54th."

Tickets are still available to both shows. Tickets are available to KBBI members at KBBI, and to others at Solstice Music and the Homer Bookstore, and in Kenai at KDLL.

Homer is the only stop on the tour to get two shows.