Date registered: Jan 2008
Vehicle: 1999 SLK 230 - Firemist Metallic (548) 1983 300D TurboDiesel - Deep Blue (900)
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I saw John when he first sponsored and brought out Iris in a tour some many years back. She has that sort of unique voice thing going for her. Pour John suffered from neck Cancer and that greatly affected his voice. But it was never the voice that kept him going but the whimsical rhymes and lyrics that did so. Many of the songs having a repetitive sets of Chords and similar sound allowed many who listened to him almost anticipate the next phrase. Something comforting about that simplicity. John is probably just as surprised at his popularity as some of us are.
I had the great experience of seeing John in some very small venues over the years. Bars and small honky tonks. It hasn't been that long since he continued to play some of those. He might even still but the one I knew and went to has closed down. He probably did these at a financial loss but they were traditional places he grew up playing so he would come unannounced to most just to play for the places that had supported him for a long time. The last one I went to he had played for a $20 cover charge and I am certain no more than 200 people could get in there. This was back in the Mid 80's.
Those of you that know Tony Rice, he also suffered a similar fate. Of course he is possibly the best Flat Picker ever to come out of the Blue Grass, New Grass and non traditional Jazz world that he can fall back on. But he sang beautifully too in his younger days. Can't sing at all now. Prine was never much the guitarist either. It was just the simplistic joy of his lyrics.
Last edited by cphilip; 04-29-2008 at 09:37 AM.