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John Prine, Songs from the Heart

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pooltablefar2010.jpg John Prine

It has been 30 years since John Prine left Chicago to move to Nashville, Tn.
I wondered if Prine's songwriting had changed now that he has spent almost half his life in Music City. He's seen the Nashville commercial landscape change from Kenny Rogers to Garth Brooks to whatever that pop sound is today.
"Actually my songwriting changed right after the second record (1972's "Diamonds in the Rough")," Prine said. "So much stuff happened in such a short time that it's hard for me to remember that guy.
"I remember all the friends I had and the stuff I did, but to remember the guy that sat in this room and wrote those songs..." and Prine's voice drifted off into another place..........

Dave Hoekstra

Dave Hoekstra has been a Chicago Sun-Times staff writer since 1985. His collection of Sun-Times travel columns, "Ticket To Everywhere," was published in 2000 by Lake Claremont Press. He was lead writer for "Farm Aid: Song for America" (Rodale Press, 2005) which commemorated the 20th anniversary of the Willie Nelson inspired effort.
He won a 1987 Chicago Newspaper Guild Stick O-Type Award for Column Writing. Hoekstra wrote and co-proudced the WTTW-Channel 11 PBS special: "The Staple Singers and the Civil Rights Movement," nominated for a 2001-02 Chicago Emmy for a documentary program/cultural significance.
He lives in Chicago.


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