Telluride Bluegrass Festival: 7 Best Things We Saw

From Ryan Adams and the Infamous Stringdusters' alt-country journey to Sam Bush's triumphant set

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Best Living Legend: John Prine
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Best Living Legend: John Prine

We've lost a lot of icons this year, making a performance by singer-songwriter John Prine something to be appreciated. Prine, a two-time cancer survivor, turns 70 this year, but he refuses to slow his gait. Among the most prolific writers ever, Prine's witty lyrics manage to be emotionally complex and fundamentally relatable — his songs are mind-trips that tug at the heart and taunt the soul. Like "In Spite of Ourselves," a highlight of Telluride Bluegrass that guest Sara Watkins helped Prine transform into a stunning duet. He described his songs as "good for what ails you" when he last played the festival in 2013, and that still holds true.

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