April 11: John Prine at the Wells Fargo Center

The last time John Prine played in Santa Rosa, it was Sept. 8, 2001. The twin towers still stood, as did the feeling of optimism and confidence in the economy. He played for over two hours that night, song after brilliant song, ending with an encore of “Paradise” joined onstage by Todd Snider. “Lake Marie” brought the house down, and he made beautiful chestnuts like “Souvenirs,” “Sam Stone” and “You Got Gold” sound shiny and new after all these years. I talked to him afterward. He was in a great mood, and said that the crowd was as great and responsive as any he’d played for. We had the luxury of being able to laugh at his songs then; something tells me those same songs might cause a tinge of sadness now. Amazingly, some seats are still available when the genuine national treasure returns on Sunday, April 11, at the Wells Fargo Center. 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa. 8pm. $40–$50. 707.546.3600.Gabe Meline