John Prine’s “The Tree of Forgiveness” out April 13, new tour dates announced

NEW YORK (Feb. 8, 2018) – Legendary singer, songwriter and performer John Prine will release his highly anticipated new album, The Tree of Forgiveness, April 13 on his own independent label, Oh Boy Records. Produced by Grammy Award-winning Dave Cobb, the album is Prine’s first featuring new material in over 13 years. In advance of the release, the song “Summer’s End” premiered yesterday. Listen below.

In celebration of the album, Prine will embark on an extensive tour that will span throughout 2018, including a very special co-headline concert at New York’s Radio City Music Hall with Sturgill Simpson (solo) on album release day as well as Kentucky shows with Tyler Childers (May 11 in Beaver Dam), Colter Wall (June 8 in Louisville) and at the Master Musicians Festival in Somerset (July 13-14). Tickets for the newly added dates will be available for presale beginning Wednesday, Feb. 14 with general on sale starting Friday, Feb. 16. See below for complete details. Every concert ticket sold will include a copy The Tree of Forgiveness (CD only) upon its release.

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John Prine’s “The Tree of Forgiveness” is out April 13 via Oh Boy Records

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, 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).

John Prine. Photo by Danny Clinch.

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.

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.


  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)


  • April 11—Woodstock, NY—Levon’s Place
  • April 13—New York, NY—Radio City Music Hall (co-headline with Sturgill Simpson (solo))
  • April 14—Philadelphia, Pa.—Merriam Theatre (with Kurt Vile)
  • 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.—Master Musicians Festival
  • July 20—Pittsburgh, Pa.—Heinz Hall (with Langhorne Slim)
  • Aug. 2Glasgow, U.K. – Kelvingrove Bandstand (with John Moreland)
  • Aug. 3—Birmingham, U.K.—Town Hall (with John Moreland)
  • Aug. 5—Cambridge, U.K.—Cambridge Folk Festival
  • Aug. 8—Oslo, Norway—Konserthurst (with Tanya McCole)
  • Aug. 10—Amsterdam, Netherlands—Paradiso (with Tanya McCole)
  • Aug. 13—Dublin, Ireland—National Concert Hall (with Tanya McCole)
  • Sept. 14—Huntsville, Al.—Von Braum Center (with Kelsey Waldon)
  • Sept. 15—Memphis, Tn.—Orpheum Theatre (with Kelsey Waldon)
  • Sept. 19—Eugene, Or.—Hult Center (with Todd Snider)
  • Sept. 21—Portland, Or.—Schnitzer Theatre (with Todd Snider)
  • Sept. 22—Seattle, Wa.—Paramount Theatre (with Todd Snider)
  • Sept. 28—Columbus, Oh.—Ohio Theatre (with Lilly Hiatt)
  • Oct. 3—Knoxville, Tn.—Tennessee Theatre (with Kelsey Waldon)
  • Oct. 5—Nashville, Tn.—Ryman Auditorium
  • Oct. 6—Nashville, Tn.—Ryman Auditorium
  • Nov. 7—Breckenridge, Co.—Riverwalk Center (with Nathaniel Rateliff)
  • Nov. 8—Grand Junction, Co.—Avalon Theatre (with Nathaniel Rateliff)
  • Nov. 10—Denver, Co.—Buell Center (with Nathaniel Rateliff)
  • Dec. 12—Las Vegas, Nv.—Westgate Theatre (with John Paul White)
  • Dec. 14—Phoenix, Az.—Celebrity Theatre (with John Paul White)
  • Dec. 15—Tucson, Az.—Fox Theatre (with John Paul White)

*tickets excluded from album bundle
BOLD presale Feb. 14, general on sale Feb. 16

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