JOHN PRINE’S THE TREE OF FORGIVENESS OUT TODAY

PERFORMS “SUMMER’S END” WITH STURGILL SIMPSON AND BRANDI CARLILE ON “THE LATE SHOW WITH STEPHEN COLBERT

EXTENSIVE TOUR DATES CONFIRMED INCLUDING SOLD OUT SHOW AT RADIO CITY MUSIC HALL TONIGHT

John Prine’s highly anticipated new album, The Tree of Forgiveness, is out today. Released on his own independent label, Oh Boy Records, the album is Prine’s first album featuring new material in over 13 years and was produced by Grammy Award winning producer Dave Cobb (purchase/stream here).

In celebration of the release, Prine performed the album’s first single, “Summer’s End,” last night on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” with special guests Sturgill Simpson and Brandi Carlile. Watch the performance HERE.

Prine will kick off his extensive nationwide tour tonight with a sold out show at New York’s Radio City Music Hall. Additional upcoming dates include May 18 at L.A.’s Ace Theatre, June 15 at Boston’s Wang Theatre, June 30 at Austin’s Bass Hall and October 5 and 6 at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium. All tickets are now on-sale. See below for complete details. Every concert ticket sold will include a copy The Tree of Forgiveness (CD only).

Recent acclaim for Prine and The Tree of Forgiveness

“Prine rekindles the straight-ahead, earthbound spirit that made him a songwriting icon in the first place…”—Associated Press

“Across the LP, Prine blends goofball wit and aw-shucks surrealism to conjure the ordinary and the profound, absurdist whimsy and existential despair, laughter and tears” —The Guardian

“An American treasure” —GQ Style

“America’s Greatest Living Songwriter” —Men’s Journal

“There’s possibly no living figure more influential on the current class of artists in roots, country and Americana than Prine…what he cooks up reveals truths about humanity’s blessings as well as its curses. He’s not passing out spoonfuls of sugar to make the medicine go down. Instead, he’s trying to help us tolerate the bitter taste left by bewildering, painful experiences like death and love. It makes everything else seem that much sweeter.” —Nashville Scene

“…the kind of song Mr. Prine has been writing since his career began: a handful of folky chords, a melody that sounds like it’s always been around, a grainy and understated vocal and lyrics that summon complex emotions in a rigorous minimum of syllables.” —The New York Times

“In this album album, The Tree of Forgiveness, all his roots merge. He may be singing about going to heaven, but his earthiness keeps his music alive.” —NPR Fresh Air

“The master craftsman returns with his first new tunes in 13 years…the age-appropriate vibe of Prine’s vocals only serves to deepen the impact of his lyrics, especially when he employs the kind of deadpan delivery that’s always been one of his secret superpowers.” —NPR Music

“…showcases the album’s beautifully simplistic writing that reads like poetry, relying mostly on end rhyme to tie in the artist’s message of longing to return to a place where he can feel at home.” —Paste

“The songwriter’s first album of new music in 13 years is wise and economical. At 71, John Prine is a virtuoso at understatement, finding the joy in the mundane, and writing about what it means to be alive.” —Pitchfork

“The simple arrangements here hark back to his early albums, allowing the words and his voice to shine brightly. The songs are short, and his voice is barely a whisper, but they’re pure Prine, with vignettes marked by unforgettable melodies and sharp, insightful lyrics.” —Relix

“…it’s as deft and thoughtful as a devoted fan could hope for...a meditative back-porch sort of record, content even with its mild discontent. But casual elegance abounds… Prine is an Illinois native, a god-tier singer-songwriter, and an American legend.” —The Ringer

“…it leaves no doubt that he’s lost none of his gift for a lyric that is at once spare and devastating. Forgiveness is central to this rippling acoustic tune, but what exactly it’s regarding is left unsaid. It’s that cryptic quality that makes the fragile, beautiful ballad so transient and powerful…” —Rolling Stone

“Prine’s heart is all human. It beats in every song on The Tree of Forgiveness …the most personal record of his 47-year recording career.” —The Tennessean


“To understand why he has endured for nearly 50 years as one of the most beloved singer-songwriters ever, you have to rely on anecdotal evidence. You must point to actual human beings, rather than numbers, to understand the breadth of his impact.” —UPROXX

“It’s prime Prine: Accompanied by simple, instantly memorable memories, its lyrics tell of the agonies and absurdities of life that often stand side by side…musically as well as lyrically, The Tree of Forgiveness is a pleasure, one that, though a long time coming, will delight for a period that’s longer still...It’s a soul-deep treat to be in his company once again.” —The Wall Street Journal


Recorded at Nashville’s historic RCA Studio A, the album includes ten new songs written by Prine along with co-writers Pat McLaughlin, Roger Cook, David Ferguson, Dan Auerbach, Keith Sykes and Phil Spector. Along with Prine (lead vocals and acoustic guitar), Cobb (acoustic guitar, mellotron, claps, kazoo) and Prine’s longtime band, the album features special guests Brandi Carlile (harmony vocals on tracks 2, 4, 10), Jason Isbell (electric guitar on track 7, slide guitar and background vocals on track 9, 10) and Amanda Shires (fiddle and background vocals on track 9, background vocals on track 10).

The landmark album and tour follow a noteworthy 2017, which included an “Artist of the Year” award at the Americana Music Honors & Awards and a Chicago/Midwest Regional Emmy Award for his “Chicago Voices” performance with Renée Fleming. Last year also saw the release of Prine’s debut book, John Prine Beyond Words, which includes a selection of favorites songs, photographs and stories from Prine’s beloved catalogue. More info is available here.

A two-time Grammy-winner, Prine is among the English language’s premier phrase-turners. Almost 50 years years into a remarkable career that has drawn effusive praise from Bob Dylan, Kris Kristofferson, Bonnie Raitt, Roger Waters, Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen and others who would know, Prine is a smiling, shuffling force for good. He is a Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame member and a PEN New England Lyrics Award recipient whose classic debut album, simply titled John Prine, is recognized as part of the Recording Academy’s Grammy Hall of Fame and whose songs have been recorded by Johnny Cash, Carly Simon, Bette Midler, Bonnie Raitt, Norah Jones, George Strait, Miranda Lambert, Zac Brown Band and many others.

Following the 2015 death of his friend and business partner Al Bunetta, Prine is now President and sole owner of Oh Boy Records. He lives in Nashville, TN with his wife, Fiona, and enjoys spending time with their three sons, a daughter-in-law and his grandchildren.

For more information, please contact Asha Goodman 615.320.7753 or Carla Sacks 212.741.1000 at Sacks & Co.

 

THE TREE OF FORGIVENESS TRACK LIST
1. “Knockin’ On Your Screen Door” (by John Prine and Pat McLaughlin)
2. “I Have Met My Love Today” ft. Brandi Carlile (by John Prine and Roger Cook)
3. “Egg & Daughter Nite, Lincoln Nebraska, 1967 (Crazy Bone)” (by John Prine and Pat McLaughlin)
4. “Summer’s End” (written by John Prine and Pat McLaughlin)
5. “Caravan of Fools” (by John Prine, Dan Auerbach, and Pat McLaughlin)
6. “The Lonesome Friends of Science” (by John Prine)
7. “No Ordinary Blue” (by John Prine and Keith Sykes)
8. “Boundless Love” (by John Prine, Dan Auerbach, and Pat McLaughlin)
9. “God Only Knows” (by John Prine and Phil Spector)
10. “When I Get to Heaven” (by John Prine)



JOHN PRINE 2018 TOUR DATES
*tickets excluded from album bundle

April 13 /// New York, NY /// Radio City Music Hall (co-headline with Sturgill Simpson (solo)) (SOLD OUT)
April 14 /// Philadelphia, PA /// Merriam Theatre (with Kurt Vile) (SOLD OUT)
April 25 /// Milwaukee, WI /// Riverside Theatre (with Milk Carton Kids)
April 27 /// Chicago, IL /// Chicago Theatre (with Milk Carton Kids)
April 28 /// Champaign, IL /// Virginia Theatre (with Milk Carton Kids)
May 11 /// Beaver Dam, KY /// Beaver Dam Amphitheater* (with Tyler Childers)
May 12 /// Indianapolis, IN /// Clowes Hall (with Tyler Childers)
May 18 /// Los Angeles, CA /// Ace Theatre (with Sam Outlaw)
May 19 /// San Diego, CA /// Balboa Theatre (with Sam Outlaw)
May 23 /// Folsom, CA /// Harris Center (with Ramblin Jack)
May 24 /// San Francisco, CA /// The Warfield (with Sam Outlaw)
June 1 /// Vienna, VA /// Wolf Trap (with Margo Price)
June 2 /// Norfolk, VA /// Chrysler Hall (with Margo Price)
June 8 /// Louisville, KY /// Palace Theatre (with Colter Wall)
June 9 /// Cincinnati, OH /// Taft Theatre (with Tyler Childers)
June 13 /// Burlington, VT /// Flynn Theatre (with Valerie June)
June 15 /// Boston, MA /// Wang Theatre
June 16 /// Concord, NH /// Capitol Theatre (with Valerie June)
June 29 /// Dallas, TX /// AT&T Center (with Amanda Shires)
June 30 /// Austin, TX /// Bass Hall (with Amanda Shires)
July 14 /// Somerset, KY /// Musicians Festival
July 20 /// Pittsburgh, PA /// Heinz Hall (with Langhorne Slim)
August 2 /// Glasgow, U.K. /// Kelvingrove Bandstand (with John Moreland)
August 3 /// Birmingham, U.K. /// Town Hall (with John Moreland)
August 5 /// Cambridge, U.K. /// Cambridge Folk Festival
August 8 /// Oslo, Norway /// Konserthurst (with Tanya McCole) (SOLD OUT)
August 10 /// Amsterdam, Netherlands /// Paradiso (with Tanya McCole) (SOLD OUT)
August 13 /// Dublin, Ireland /// National Concert Hall (with Tanya McCole)
September 14 /// Huntsville, AL /// Von Braum Center (with Kelsey Waldon)
September 15 /// Memphis, TN /// Orpheum Theatre (with Kelsey Waldon)
September 19 /// Eugene, OR /// Hult Center (with Todd Snider)
September 21 /// Portland, OR /// Schnitzer Theatre (with Todd Snider)
September 22 /// Seattle, WA /// Paramount Theatre (with Todd Snider)
September 28 /// Columbus, OH /// Ohio Theatre (with Lilly Hiatt)
October 3 /// Knoxville, TN /// Tennessee Theatre (with Kelsey Waldon)
October 5 /// Nashville, TN /// Ryman Auditorium
October 6 /// Nashville, TN /// Ryman Auditorium
November 7 /// Breckenridge, CO /// Riverwalk Center (with Nathaniel Rateliff) (SOLD OUT)
November 8 /// Grand Junction, CO /// Avalon Theatre (with Nathaniel Rateliff) (SOLD OUT)
November 10 /// Denver, CO /// Buell Center (with Nathaniel Rateliff)
December 12 /// Las Vegas, NV /// Westgate Theatre (with John Paul White)
December 14 /// Phoenix, AZ /// Celebrity Theatre (with John Paul White)
December 15 /// Tucson, AZ /// Fox Theatre (with John Paul White)

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