Maywood Native John Prine Says His Upbringing Here Played Out in His Songs

Wednesday, September 27, 2017 || By Local News Curator || @maywoodnews 

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A recent article published in the Courier-Journal, Louisville, Kentucky’s main newspaper, captured Maywood native John Prine talking about how his upbringing in the village influenced his famous songs.

Prine, who the Courier-Journal’s Kirby Adams pointed out is a “man known as the ‘songwriter’s songwriter,'” has written for everyone from Johnny Cash to Joan Baez. He’s won three Grammy Awards, was a U.S. poet laureate and is among Bob Dylan’s favorite songwriters.

But Prine, who attended Proviso East High School, hasn’t forgotten his Maywood roots. According to Adams, Prine “credits delivering the mail in Maywood, Illinois, as his launch into songwriting.

“‘I always likened the mail route to a library with no books,’ said Prine. ‘I passed the time each day making up these little ditties.'”

“Many of the songs he penned on the route landed on his classic self-titled debut record,” Adams writes.

Including ‘Sam Stone’:

And ‘Paradise’ (which Prine once performed in a video shot on the porch of his childhood home in Maywood):

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