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Folk singer-songwriter John Prine’s prime years were in the ’70s, when a song such as “Sam Stone” could still touch the open wound of the Vietnam War, when the smirky pot references of “Illegal Smile” were risqué#, and when “Your Flag Decal Won’t Get You Into Heaven Anymore” challenged the idea of blind patriotism, something that seems to have become passé. Prine’s songs are still poignant, and although he’s content to replay all of the old hits in a live setting, the artist and his work live very much in the moment. “Jesus: The Missing Years,” “Six O’Clock News,” “Please Don’t Bury Me” (“Send my mouth way down South/And kiss my ass goodbye”), and “The Late John Garfield Blues” remain whimsically significant as they drift into the subconscious on simple melodies. Reports from the field indicate that Prine, with a supporting duo in tow, will draw much of the set list from his 2000 release, Souvenirs, which should appease his loyal followers given that most of that album’s songs were updates of largely unheralded previously released tracks. Prine will follow America’s best blue-eyed-blues singer, the Grammy-winning Delbert McClinton, at 8 p.m. Friday, May 31, at Wolf Trap’s Filene Center, 1551 Trap Drive, Vienna. $18-$30. (703) 218-6500. (Buzz McClain)