JP often engaged the audience in ways that even if the story was rehearsed or told many times, it rarely showed unless you'd heard it before.
A favorite involved his time in the US Army during the 'Nam era, and the fact that he'd filled out his aptitude test randomly, just filling in circles, after which a CO came and told him he was a mechanical genius, and they put him in the motor pool.
One day, preceding an inspection, they discovered they had an extra dozer, and as JP stated, in Uncle Sam's Army, having too many of something was as bad as having too few. So they took one dozer, dug out a pit, placed the extra dozer in the hole, and buried it. Problem solved.
There are many stories like that. Different subjects, but delightfully real.
Here's an interview preceding one of his later albums, 'The Road to Forgiveness.'
A private Christmas party a year+ ago, with Gordon Lightfoot in attendance; one of JP's musical heroes.
Lastly, Kacey Musgraves sings, 'Burn One with John Prine,' to John Prine, live, on stage.
Years gone by of feeling the spirit of this guy... with a thumb out on the side of the road, milking goats or slopping hogs, at protests, and more. Someone commented that he's an American treasure. Yep.