LYNAR RUSSELL, NEW YORK – When Lynyrd Skynyrds first broke through as a rock group, the songwriting was already a step up from the previous bands.
They were playing a lot of country, with an emphasis on country-rock.
But by the time they signed with Warner Bros., they were already starting to turn into rock stars.
The band’s music, the way they performed, the quality of their lyrics, and the way the songs were written helped define the genre of country music, with its country-western roots.
They started to be heard on radio, in film, and in television, and they had the best records of the time.
But the record label was more concerned with a more commercial, commercial-oriented sound.
So Lynyrds frontman and songwriter John Prine left the band in 1982 and went to a new label, Columbia.
When he returned, he brought a new approach, and he had a much more aggressive and aggressive style, according to Bob Dylan, who recorded songs with him and his band in the mid-1980s.
Dylan says that when he first saw Prine, he was more of a ‘country’ guy than a ‘westerner.’
So he was like, ‘I can’t do this, you need to change things up.
You’re going to need to bring some different ideas.’
And he did, and it became the next step for the band.
He was a much different man.
But he had this other side to him, too.
The first time I met him was in 1981, when he and Bob Dylan were playing on the road in Canada, and I met the guy at a bar in Toronto.
I thought he was going to have a really good time with me.
I told him that I loved his guitar playing, and that I wanted to see him play more.
He came up to me and said, ‘Well, you’re the first one to come to my house.
I’m sure it’s been awhile since you’ve seen me.’
And I said, Well, yes, but I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one.’
We sat down, and we had a great conversation about everything.
I was thinking, Well this guy is so different.
I want to be him.
He’s the first guy I’ve ever met who I could actually say, ‘Hey, John, I think I can play guitar.’
And then he played me a song called “Romeo and Juliet.”
It was one of his most popular songs, and my friend said, I wonder what he would have done if I had known that song.
He said, Oh, man, I would have been a country music star.
So that was a big moment for me.
So the next time I heard John Princes music, it was in the studio.
I don’t know how it happened.
It was at a gig where he was playing with the band and he was talking about some of the things he’d done, and this girl came up and sat right next to him.
And I remember thinking, What is she doing?
And she was singing the same thing.
It’s like, “John, I wanna be you.”
So I told her, “Listen to me, I’m going to play the same guitar you’re playing right now, but instead of singing it, I’ll just say ‘I want you.'”
She said, “I think you’re right.”
And I told my band, I said to John, “Why don’t you just play that guitar and you can do whatever you want to do with it.”
And he said, Okay.
So we started playing that guitar for the next few months.
And he would just play it for hours on end.
He would play for hours.
Then we’d have an encore, and then we’d leave it.
And then we would leave it, and go back into the studio, and record the next song.
That was what John did.
And that was really the beginning of the next phase in his career.
I think that was just a really big breakthrough for the songwriter.
He had the same voice as Bob Dylan.
I mean, I remember Bob Dylan was just so prolific and so creative that he could be a guitar player in any genre.
And John could play anything that was playing at the time, and if he wanted to go the next level, he could do it.
He wrote the first three albums of country songs, including “Old Glory.”
And when he was touring in the late 80s, he had some really special recordings that he wanted us to play live.
We played some of them and they were so good that we played them at shows.
And the whole idea of having a band of this caliber was really exciting.
So I think it was like a turning point