Billy Prine & The Prine Time Band: The Songs of John Prine

Scarlett Egan

Thursday, September 28, 2023
Doors: 6:30pm | Show: 7:45pm
$35 to $40

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Billy Prine (the younger brother of John Prine) formed and led his first bar band in Chicago at the tender age of twelve. Chicago in the 1960’s and early 1970’s was wide open, just as FM radio was evolving, with all types of music, but especially the blues from the famed Chess Records and country music with the National Barn Dance, which was a precursor to the Grand Ole Opry. Growing up in such a rich musical city allowed Billy to develop his unique style of American roots music and absorb a myriad of influences firsthand by seeing Buck Owens and the Buckaroos, The Rolling Stones and Chicago’s innumerable blues legends such as Howlin’ Wolf, Paul Butterfield, Muddy Waters, Michael Bloomfield, and many more. As any true child of the late 60’s and early 70’s, Billy headed west to California for several years before heading back east again with his thumb out in the wind catching rides back to Chicago. This unto itself is another education, which took him through the heartland and even as far south as New Orleans. But the call of family was strong and Billy served as his brother John Prine’s tour manager in the late 70s, which included hanging at Sam Phillips recording studio in Memphis, Tennessee in 1979 while John was recording his Pink Cadillac album with Knox and Jerry Phillips producing. Jerry and Knox’s father – the iconic Sam Phillips – stepped in to produce two tracks for the first time in years at the recording console. In the 1980s became one of the original bartenders at the world famous Bluebird Café in Nashville, Tennessee when it opened in 1982. He was a deejay at the famous Nashville nightspot Chevy’s where he would stroll in for his shift in white tails and a white top hat spinning all the hip records. And while residing in Nashville, Billy would head back to Chicago to blow the doors off the joints there with his band Billy and the Bangers. Let’s revisit the early years – this is when Billy had the opportunity to see Johnny Cash when he was four years old. As the decade of the 60's progressed, Billy witnessed Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass, Sergio Mendes and Brazil 66, Flatt and Scruggs, Ernest Tubb and his Texas Troubadours in concert, among others. All these influences along with the Beach Boys and early Fleetwood Mac would inform and influence the artist that Billy Prine is today. You can hear all these influences in his writing and performing while he truly remains his own man dedicated to the blues and country music. In the 1990s, Billy took his talents in A&R to Oh Boy Records where he curated and produced the series “Live from Mountain Stage” (the iconic and long-running radio show from Charleston, West Virginia) for Blue Plate Records, which was distributed by Oh Boy Records. The 1990's also found Billy as the overnight weekend deejay on Lightning 100 – WRLT100.1FM in Nashville. As the new millennium arrived and led into the 2010’s, Billy crafted his performing and songwriting in Nashville. This led to Billy’s new record, "A Place I Used To Know", released on July 10, 2020, and produced by Michael Dinallo. The podcast Prine Time will feature various tracks from the EP and is sure to knock your socks off!
Scarlett Egan from Germany finally grows roots in Songwriter City soil. Moving to Nashville one day is a big dream for musicians from all over the world. The same goes for Scarlett Egan from Heidelberg, Germany. From an early age she was exposed to American Country and Folk music as her parents had their own touring Country band. As a little girl she’d tag along to their gigs on the weekends, often sleeping in the trunk while they performed on stage. Growing up in a tiny town in the country of Southwest Germany she would spend all her free time learning the songs of Patsy Cline, James Taylor, Janis Joplin and the Chicks, until she herself joined the band as a teenager. Over the years she built Nashville connections backing up artists such as Paul Overstreet, Billy Yates, Daryl Singletary, Deborah Allen and Brent Mason as a singer, guitar, and bass player. At 19 she had saved up enough money from her shows to fly to Nashville and record her first original Country album with some of Nashville’s top studio musicians. Standing in front of the world famous Blue Bird Cafe she had a strong feeling she would be back one day. By then she was touring heavily throughout Switzerland and Scandinavia, opening for acts like Toby Keith, Albert Lee, Chely Wright and Asleep At The Wheel, but decided to get a music degree and started studying Jazz in Saarbrücken, Germany. What was supposed to be a responsible decision turned out to be musically invaluable and added a new level of maturity to the way she experienced and wrote music, but also caused some confusion as to what kind of musician she really was. After finishing her studies she packed her bags at 26 years old and bought another ticket to Nashville for three months to see where it would take her. But her love of songwriting made it very clear that she was in the right place afterall and over seven years later she is still there, honing her songwriting craft. She has recently gathered lots of recognition in Nashville for opening for acts such as Jonell Mosser, Sarah Buxton and Emily West and is also joining Billy Prine, brother of the late John Prine as an opener and duet partner on his tours. Scarlett’s songs are refreshingly genuine, clever and beautifully heartfelt. Her new EP: “The Next Man Who Loves Me” is a collection of songs she wrote about the path of coming out of old unhealthy relationship patterns. With a compassionate, but unfooled, sometimes even ironic look at herself. She is a natural entertainer who catches every audience's attention with humor, ease and grace. She can be seen at Nashville’s writers rounds and currently continues to tour with Billy Prine.