30 days, 30 albums... John Prine - The Missing Years

The late great Phil Sinclair used to play this album all the time in his record shop in Portrush, and it was the first time I’d ever heard John Prine. I had no idea at the time that he had a solid back catalogue studded with amazing songs. This one just leapt out at me, and every now and then I put it on and think of old Phil. There are some masterpieces on here – 'Everybody Wants to Feel Like You', 'You Got Gold' and my favourite, the weird and wonderful 'The Sins of Memphisto'. The Sins of Memphisto was the audio template I had in mind when I went into the studio with 'Sailortown'. It may not be everyone’s favourite John Prine album, but it’s the one I come back to most often. In fact, I’m going to go and put it on right now.