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John Prine marks new dates on calendar

Country and folk singer/songwriter John Prine has added a few dates since last check to his ongoing concert schedule, which is currently slated to roll through early spring.

The itinerary, which continues Friday night (12/4) in Providence, RI, shows new dates in Ithaca, NY (2/17), Joliet, IL (3/4), and Chattanooga, TN (3/27), in addition to the performer's previously announced stops. Prine's complete schedule is shown below.

Prine continues to support a number of recent releases, including a duet album with bluegrass icon Mac Wiseman, "Standard Songs For Average People," which surfaced in 2007 on Prine's Oh Boy Records label. Wiseman was 82 years old and Prine 60 when they recorded the set, which features the pair's renditions of classic American songs including "In the Garden," "Old Cape Cod," "Blue Eyed Elaine" and "Pistol Packin' Mama."

Prine's latest full-length set of new material is 2005's "Fair & Square," which earned him a Grammy for Best Contemporary Folk Album. The record was his first new offering since 1995's "Lost Dogs & Mixed Blessings," and marked his debut as producer. It reached No. 2 on Billboard's Top Independent Albums chart and recorded the fastest rise to No. 1 in the history of Americana radio, according to Prine's bio.

In November, Prine contributed a pair of songs--"Paradise" and "Angel From Montgomery"--to "Coal Country Music," a collaborative musical effort featuring the work of Willie Nelson, Ralph Stanley, Bonnie Raitt, Natalie Merchant and many other artists. The stated goal of the project is to "raise awareness about and help stop mountaintop removal coal-mining," according to a press release. The album is the companion piece to "Coal Country," a documentary film by Mari-Lynn Evans and Phylis Geller.

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