Prime Prine at the Wellmont in Montclair

Folk singer John Prine rocked the house with nearly forty years worth of songs Friday night at the recently renovated Wellmont Theatre in Montclair, N.J.

Well-known for talking between songs about the songs, the narrative was kept to a minimun at the show, however, his story about his father driving the scenic route to their vacations gives a new slant to "Bottomless Lake".

Prine sang for more than 90 minutes to the devoted crowd, showing the 60-plus year-old singer has the stamina of a much, much younger man. Of course, we could have listened to him sing every song he ever wrote through to a blue Monday and still not had enough.

John Prine at the Wellmont Theatrer, Montclair, N.J. Dec. 5, 2008, Copyright © 2008 by Anthony Buccino, all rights reserved.

There were the old favorites, including "Donald and Lydia," "Storm Windows" and "Picture Show" as well as his favorites, "Sam Stone," "Lake Marie" and "Six O'Clock News" as well as our favorite "Hello in There."

Heck, he even gave a shout out to our 4th row (Row C, go figure) which was as far back into the audience as he could see in the dark. But you know, he could hear all the applause from as far back as the last row in the house!

And, it rocked along with his version of "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus."

You go, John.

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The opening act held our interest. Singer-song writer Chip Taylor took it slow and easy and pleasant enough ... however he surprised us with a rendition of his 60s hit Angel of the Morning, and later with another really big hit of his, that song Wild Thing.
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