"Aided by a remarkable group of compadres, Billy Prine sings and shines from the inside out. Billy claims the young man, old man blues, but unlike many things in the world, he keeps getting better."
- Peter Cooper (author and songwriter), Nashville
"Making A Scene" Magazine's review of Billy's album
Review from Nashville Scene (7/23/20)
Billy Prine, who is the youngest of the late John Prine’s three brothers, makes a strong comeback on his EP A Place I Used to Know, his first collection in seven years. He does fine with John’s “Paradise” and “If You Don’t Want My Love,” but the record peaks with the Who-meets-Americana rocker “Young Man Old Man Blues.”
Billy Prine wrote it in 1980 after hearing ELO’s 1979 hit “Don’t Bring Me Down,” which proves that inspiration often comes from unexpected places. Michael Dinallo’s production style suits Prine’s gruff, slightly fogged-in voice, and A Place suggests Prine could shine as a flat-out rocker in an Americana mode. - Edd Hurt
American Songwriter Magazine wrote a fantastic feature article on Billy's new album.
Click below to read the article and watch the video premiere of "If You Don't Want My Love" co-written by Billy's brother John Prine and Phil Spector. Recorded live at Dee's Country Cocktail Lounge in Madison, Tennessee.
#1 Hot Wax Album Reviews Podcast with John "The Rock Doctor" Kereiff - July 2020
"An E.P. from the late John Prine’s brother. Country, folky and bluesy, the songs are stark and emotional, as you expect they might be in the shadow of John’s death from Covid-19 earlier this year. It sounds like a really well made Kris Kristofferson record."
Review by Goldmine Magazine - by Mike Greenblatt (8/11/20)
Singer/Songwriter Billy Prine says A Place I Used To Know (Memphis International Records) is “the record I’ve wanted to make for years.” (It’s been seven years since his last.) Featuring two songs by his older brother John Prine [1946-2020], this compact six-song EP, produced by guitarist Michael Dinallo, is a rough-hewn Americana gem: bluesy, honky-tonkin’, earthy, organic, honest and entertaining. Billy sings like his life depends upon it. Anyone who knows the music of producer Dinallo (check out his Charlie Rich tribute album!) or his sweet-singing wife Juliet Simmons Dinallo (whom he also produces) knows that anything this dude touches is pure gold. Thus, Billy Prine gets a makeover like Waylon…and that’s a real good thing.
From Le Cri Du Coyote - France
Billy Prine does not have the (relative) notoriety of his late brother John. Nevertheless, he is an artist, more a performer than a songwriter, who deserves to be listened to closely. "A Place I Used To Know" (Memphis International Records) is a six-title EP produced by talented guitarist Michael Dinallo. Billy himself says that this is the record he wanted to make for years, even if you can bet, without taking too many risks, that he would have rather published it in another context. By his side, in addition to Michael, there are Dave Jacques (basses), Tom Hambridge (drums), Tim Carter (harmonies, mandolin, banjo and harmonica) and Jim Gambino (keyboards), not to mention the harmonies of Keith Sykes, Juliet Simmons Dinallo and Amber Casares.
However, it is Billy's vocal talent that makes the first quality of the record. Blues shooter on "Young Man Old Man Blues" (one of his compositions) and "I Mean I'm Mean" (by Vic McAlpin and Glenn Douglas), he becomes a crooner on the title track (co-written with Michael Dinallo), before taking us in a shared emotion for "Paradise", John's composition that is also Billy's own story, or in the other cover of his older brother "If You Don't Want My Love". "Misery Train" of the Mercy Brothers (band of Barrence Whitfield and Michael Dinallo) concludes brightly this record, alas too short, with a beautiful rock 'n roll energy.
-Pascal Desassis, France, September 2020