Steel Guitar Prodigy – The Story of a Lifetime
We’re happy to announce that the legendary Steel Guitar prodigy, guitarist and music legend John Prine, has shared the untold story of his early years as a child and how he went on to create some of the most iconic songs of all time.
From his early days in England, to the early days of punk rock and hardcore, Prine’s music has had an influence on countless artists including Nirvana, Tool, Pink Floyd, Pearl Jam, Tool Band, Metallica and more.
As a kid, Prune was born and raised in the English countryside and grew up listening to rock music as much as he listened to TV.
His father was a radio DJ who was known for his ‘radio and record station’ show, and Prine says he was also influenced by the likes of The Clash and the Ramones.
In his teens, Price had already started to record demos with his mates, and by the time he was in his early 20s, he was already making music that would become part of the Steel Guitar canon.
When Prine was still in his teens he got a gig as a producer for the BBC, but was soon promoted to producer of his own studio album.
After spending two years working on the album, he had a record deal and began recording solo projects.
“The thing that really made me stand out in the world of rock was I was very aware of what I was doing,” he told the BBC.
“My record label wanted me to make a record for them, and I said no because I was making a record that I didn’t know was going to be a hit.
So I started to think about what the world would be like if I was in charge of a record label and that was what got me into making my own record.
I was like, ‘I’m gonna do this for free and I’m going to make it for myself, so let’s do it.'”
In the mid-1990s, Prince began writing his own songs and released his first solo album, ‘The One I Love’.
He also wrote the songs for the band Tool, and in 2002 he was hired to be on the band’s next album.
He was asked to compose a cover of Pink Floyd’s ‘The Wall’ and went for it, but the record never made it past the first pressing.
At this point, Prina was already a multi-millionaire.
His first hit single was the title track of Tool’s 2001 album, The Last Of The Young Guns, which topped the UK charts for a few weeks before falling off the charts entirely.
“The one I love was the first single,” Prine said.
“That was the song I was supposed to write and I just sat on it.
It’s just been the last song I’ve written that has sold five million copies.”
But the pressure on him was too great.
“I had to be the face of Tool and I had to have my own show,” he said.
He then signed to the major label Sony Music, where he worked on songs for both Tool and the Clash.
“I was a bit bored and bored and tired and I didn´t like that,” he recalled.
“It wasn´t good for me, I wasn´d done.
I went back to the drawing board and I got into the studio and I was still working on this thing, and the pressure was still on me and I couldn´t make it happen.
And it was a very lonely time for me.”
Prine started to write new songs, and they eventually became his biggest hit, ‘Dirty Mind’, which reached number four on the UK and US charts.
In 2005, the band sold four million copies of ‘Dirt’ and ‘Dangerous’ and he continued to write songs.
He also continued to tour, but it was not until 2011 that he was able to put out his third album, the single ‘In the Morning’.
“In the morning, I’m doing a song, and it just starts to be really weird,” he explained.
“There’s no rhythm.
It just goes from there, and then I started thinking about a bit of a dark theme to it and it sort of clicked.
And I started writing a song for a movie called the ‘War on Drugs’, and that just came together.
And then that got me more pressure.”
But he kept writing, and eventually it was time to release ‘The War on Drugs’.
It had been released as a single only four months before, and despite the fact that it was released to huge success, it did not do particularly well.
“We were getting a lot of negative reviews,” he admitted.
“A lot of the fans weren’t really happy with it.
And so the only thing we could do was release it as a double album and just have it be the one that people get to hear the song first.
And that was it.
We were so happy with the record