The Earl and Prine

No one can tell a story like John Prine in a song. I had the pleasure of seeing him play at the Earl of Old Town in Chicago where other great folk artists played from Odessa to Steve Goodman, Jim Post, The Holstein brothers, Bonny Koloc and many many more played.

I was just 17 but had my Martin D-35 and would go there on Tuesday Hootenanny nights where a kid with a guitar could go up and play a couple of songs (one song if he sucked). You learned about life there as embodied in those songs. Seems like such a long time now, but when I hear these songs I am transported back as if it was yesterday,

Life is sweet. Live it. Sing it. It’s yours. A gift from God. Don’t blow it.

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