Bonnie Raitt, Bruce Springsteen, Margo Price, Shooter Jennings & More Pay Tribute To John Prine

Margo Price and John Prine perform during the 2017 Newport Folk Festival at Fort Adams State Park on July 30, 2017 in Newport, Rhode Island.
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– Margo Price and John Prine
perform during the 2017 Newport Folk Festival at Fort Adams State Park on July 30, 2017 in Newport, Rhode Island.
Heartfelt tributes from musicians, music critics, actors and comedians quickly poured in after news broke Tuesday that legendary singer-songwriter John Prine had passed away at age 73 from complications from COVID-19. His influence as a musician was easily apparent, along with his impact on a human level. As actor/writer Colin Mochrie summed it up: “The loss of John Prine has created a big hole in what makes this world wonderful.”  Check out more tributes below. 
Bonnie Raitt:
Words can’t even come close. I’m crushed by the loss of my dear friend, John. My heart and love go out to Fiona and all the family. For all of us whose hearts are breaking, we will keep singing his songs and holding him near.  

Bruce Springsteen:

Over here on E Street, we are crushed by the loss of John Prine. John and I were “New Dylans” together in the early 70s and he was never anything but the lovliest guy in the world. A true national treasure and a songwriter for the ages. We send our love and prayers to his family.
Margo Price:
It hurts so bad to read the news. I am gutted. My hero is gone. My friend is gone. We’ll love you forever John Prine.
Shooter Jennings:
There better be a rain of redneck hell gonna pour down on the bastards that made this virus that took John Prine from us. I’m fuckin’ pissed. And very saddened for this los of an American icon.
Miranda Lambert:
thank you for everything. One and only. #hellointhere #johnprine
Sheryl Crow:
My heart hurts learning that John Prine has passed away. He is singing with the angels. You will be missed but your songs will live on.  Red heart
NPR music critic Bob Boilen: 
Damn, we’ve lost a true American Treasure.
Rosanne Cash:
Just give me one thing I can hold on to. I’m just heartbroken. #johnprine
Comedian/late night host Stephen Colbert:
With a heavy heart, but deep love and gratitude for his gift he gave us all- Goodbye, John Prine.
Ron Sexsmith: 
As if we didn’t have enough devastating news The great John Prine has died & I am heartbroken. I always saw him as a sort of Mark Twain figure A humorist but mainly a humanist. He could make you laugh one moment and rip your heart open in the next. He always very nice to me RS
The Mountain Goats: 
better at it than pretty much any of us. decades of service to song. this is a loss with no upside. goodbye John Prine, your voice will live on as long as there’s people who need help, which is to say forever.
comic / podcast host Marc Maron:
RIP John Prine. The real deal. Great American singer/songwriter that found the heart and humor in even the darkest of human stories through song. Genius. Very heavy loss.
John Paul White:
All I ever wanted to grow up to be is @JohnPrineMusic. Now my timeline is going to full of “here’s me and John Prine” and ugh
Mary Gauthier:
For me, John Prine was the heart of Nashville, the reason I came to this city, my teacher, my songwriting hero, my friend. A brave truth-teller, who, with a wink and a grin, showed us who we are. We songwriters have lost our reluctant leader. He was the kindest man I knew, with the most childlike, beautiful heart. My love to Fiona and the Oh Boy family on this terribly sad day. God bless John Prine forever. Amen.
Portugal The Man: 
Thank you, John Prine, for all the beautiful, profound and inspirational musical gifts you shared with us. You helped teach us humility and what it means to be human.
Toby Keith:
The great John Prine has passed away from the virus. He showed me how to “let it rip” when it comes to songwriting. There’s a huge hole in the music world tonight. John did it best. RIP -T
Actor Bradley Whitford:
Oh John Prine, thank you for making me laugh and breaking my heart and sharing your boundless humanity. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. This is one of the most gorgeous songs ever written. Bonnie Raitt& John Prine – Angel From Montgomery
Radney Foster:
John Prine has left us for the stars. The world is smaller now. Godspeed, John.
Robbie Robertson:
Today we lost John Prine and Hal Wilner. Two geniuses. The world got a little darker today. Blessings to their friends and families.
Now John Prine. What a beautiful songwriter; all those warm songs that cut their own path through a tangled world. I love him. Corona got him too. R.I.P.
Jason Isbell: 
We love you John. … Well for once I’m glad I don’t have to go up on a stage and try to sing tonight. … Never saw anybody happier to be onstage.
author/ music critic Greg Kot: 
Besides being a great songwriter, @JohnPrineMusic was defined by his empathy, his humor, his humanity. In interviewing him, I always felt like I was sitting down with an old friend:
author/ music critic Steven Hyden: 
John Prine’s genius as a songwriter is that he could be the funniest and the saddest guy in the room, sometimes simultaneously. I wish I could hear the song he would’ve written to put this moment in perspective.
CBS News Senior National Correspondent Anthony Mason: 
The way I’d prefer to remember John Prine leaving us… dancing a jig to the sounds of “Lake Marie” at the @BeaconTheatre in 2018. Thanks for everything, @JohnPrineMusic
Rival Sons:
Anyone who listened thought you sounded like family. Thank you, John Prine.
actor Olivia Wilde:
I hope everyone can stop and listen to their favorite John Prine song right now. What an enormous loss. Sending love out there
author Stephen King:
Coronavirus has taken one of the great ones: John Prine, dead at 73. So many memorable songs.
actor Joel Murray: 
John Prine could look your depression right in the eye and make you feel like you were doing a little bit better than what he was singing about.  For years I’ve been saying “hello in there” to old people on the street, avoiding my eye contact.
Lindsay Ell:
We will always sing your songs…. RIP John Prine.  
Aaron Lee Tasjan:
Every note and word that John Prine ever wrote found it’s way to the sky where they now sparkle amongst the stars. You can feel the light of those songs in even the darkest of nights. It’s one of so many gifts he gave that will last us forever. Eternally grateful. ❤
poet/essayist Hanif Abdurraqib:
I am so sad about John Prine. He’d survived so much. His work taught me a great deal about compassionate, thoughtful writing — writing that understood a love rooted in the critical and curious was the love worth pursuing. I’m thankful we got him for as long as we did. Still sad.
Caroline Rose:
yrs ago i confidently walked backstage w/ my gtr to open up for John Prine. had dinner and wine w/ the band before they asked who the hell i was. i wasn’t on the bill (*yet*) but if there was anyone who’d admire the gumption to try, it’d be John.
RIP John Prine. Thanks for being so much more than we could ever deserve.
Keb’ Mo’:
John Prine . He done gone over to the Other side with Bill Withers, two of the Great Ones. How fortunate we all are to have witnessed the Humanity of these great men. We’re gonna miss these two.  
Author/ former Deputy National Security Advisor / podcast host Ben Rhodes:
John Prine was what is best about America.
NPR music critic Ann Powers:
“My hometown of Nashville can’t continue to exist without him in the corner of nearly every musical frame.”

Newport Folk Festival: 
Devastating heartbreak. We are so lucky to have had you in our world, John. Your Folk Family is eternally grateful. Rest easy.

Jim James: 
RIP to our brother the greatest @john_prine we are so lucky to have known you. thank you.