Country and Midwestern found a home at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville in October!
I appeared on a special panel focused on John Prine’s tenure in Chicago. The discussion featured CMHOF’s RJ Smith, Chicago singer-songwriter Bonnie Koloc, and Greg Cahill of Special Consensus. Greg and Bonnie both performed. Also on the panel was Fiona Prine, John’s wife, and Jody Whelan of Oh Boy Records. We had a great time discussing the role Chicago played in the development of John as an artist, his songs, and the scene he emerged from alongside Steve Goodman, Bonnie, and many others.
The conversation ran about 90 minutes; afterwards I signed books in the museum’s lobby for almost an hour. That night, the museum hosted a special concert dedicated to John’s songs that featured Lukas Nelson, Carlene Carter, Zac Brown, Kelsey Walden, producer Jim Rooney, John’s son Tommy Prine, among many others.
Next year a video of the event will enter the museum’s archive, which means you can view it next time you’re in Nashville. Thanks, CMHOF and the Prine family for including Country and Midwestern in You Got Gold and celebrating John Prine’s important legacy.