Saturday, November 6, 2004 John Flynn

John came to us on strong recommendation from our friend Vern Crawford at Cousin Andy’s Coffeehouse. Vern knows the folk scene better than most, as he is an annual fixture at the Kerrville Folk Festival in Texas, a multi-week mecca for folk fans, performers and presenters.

John is one of the most gifted songwriters I’ve had the pleasure to meet, and an engaging conversationalist. It’s clear that John’s faith guides his creative work and the result is really incredible. It’s surprising that through most of his music career John has stuck close to home. Here is a quote from John’s website:

Ticket Magazine places John Flynn “at the near end of a long line of American poets, thinkers and folk artists, stretching from Henry David Thoreau, Ralph Waldo Emerson and Walt Whitman, all the way up to Kris Kristofferson”. And Kristofferson himself praises John’s songwriting: “The truth is in the details; the gifts are an ear for accurate dialogue, an eye for powerful imagery and anything funny, and a heart open to surprises and the possibilities of moving the emotions.” As a young father Flynn left a Nashville staff writing gig and began writing songs for his kids and for his life. These songs yielded CDs that are informed by the trademark humanity and humor that Flynn sees as the essential tools for parenthood and living. Recently the 46 year-old Delaware resident has turned his attention, and his songwriting, to the world his four children will one day inherit.