John Prine, Born 10 October, 1946 - Maywood, Illinois
Championed in his early days by Kris Kristofferson, John emerged at a time when every song writer with a guitar was hailed as the new Dylan, whether is was Loudon Wainwright, Steve Goodman or John Prine. They all wrote some great songs, none better than Prine's Sam Stone. Bonnie Raitt recorded a couple of his songs, which always helps because she sells a lot more records than John does.
He lost part of his jaw to cancer, but has come back and still writers and still sings, whether on stage or in somebody's kitchen. One of the drags of YouTube is the number of illegal films taken at gigs with terrible sound. This one's nicer, in one of those kitchens.