John Prine Celebration w/ writer Erin Osmon & special guests

Orpheum Tickets

Orpheum · Saugerties

A SONIC WAVE 2 and LIVE FROM UPSTATE special event.

Saturday, May 4

Rolling Stone ranks John Prine’s self-titled debut album as the 149th best record of all time. But that doesn’t do it justice. It is a jaw-dropping record that has stood the test of time, 53 years and counting: songs like” “Hello in There,” “Sam Stone,” and “Angel from Montgomery” are now much-admired standards in the American Songbook. Writer Erin Osmon’s 33 ⅓ book shows us how the Mark Twain of songwriting went from singing mailman to celebrated son of Chicago. Through original interviews, exhaustive research, and incisive commentary, author Osmon has written a journalistic inquiry and a love letter to Prine’s landmark debut. She will host an evening celebrating Prine’s songwriting, interspersed with live clips + cover songs by local luminaries including Robert Burke Warren, Laura Stevenson and Will Stratton.

Erin Osmon is a music journalist, critic, author and researcher whose work centers around an abiding interest in American musical traditions and working class ingenuity. She’s known for researching and writing about songwriters and the Midwest. But her range of interest extends to uniquely American movements such as DIY punk, West Coast new age, country music, American folk music and regional underground music of the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s. Her byline has appeared in Pitchfork, Spin, Rolling Stone, and numerous other print and web-based publications. She has interviewed Liz Phair, Jack White, Dan Auerbach, Debbie Harry, John Waters, Yo La Tengo, Hüsker Dü, the Pixies, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, Phoebe Bridgers, Joan Baez, Billy Joel and countless others.

Her debut book, Jason Molina: Riding with the Ghost, has received national and international press coverage and was named a Best Music Book of 2017 by Pitchfork. Her book about John Prine’s landmark debut album for Bloomsbury’s 33 1/3 series was published in November 2021. She is the first person authorized to write long-form liner notes for the iconic New York band Blondie. They were released in the archival box set Against the Odds in August 2022, and won the ASCAP Foundation Deems Taylor Award for Liner Notes in 2023.

Erin is also part-time faculty at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, where she lectures on music journalism and teaches journalism fundamentals including writing, reporting, interviewing and digital content strategy.