John Prine was the featured profile on CBS Sunday Morning this weekend and brought along some of his famous friends to play some pool and sing his praises — but mainly just to play pool. Sturgill Simpson and Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys joined Prine, who is up for induction in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, at Melrose Billiards in Nashville, while Sunday Morning correspondent Anthony Mason accompanied Prine to one of his favorite meat-and-threes.
Though the segment aired over Thanksgiving weekend, it includes footage stretching all the way back to last April when the songwriter played Radio City Music Hall in New York City to celebrate the release of his new album The Tree of Forgiveness. Prine is, predictably enough, full of one-liners, particularly when telling Mason that his fanbase has doubled in the past decade. “It took some of ’em 45 years to get the joke,” he cracks.
The wide-ranging conversation covers everything from Prine’s discovery by movie critic Roger Ebert while he was still working a mailman in Chicago to his two battles with cancer. Even Simpson takes a break from shooting pool to marvel at the 72-year-old. “You hold all these guys in such a light, you know? And then you meet ’em and it’s like hanging out with your dirty uncle,” he says.
Prine plays the Holiday Cheer for WFUV Benefit Concert at the Beacon Theatre in New York City on Friday, December 3rd, and remains on the road into the new year.