John Prine Announces First Album of New Songs in 13 Years, Shares “Summer’s End”

The Tree of Forgiveness is set for an April release

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John Prine Announces First Album of New Songs in 13 Years, Shares “Summer’s End”

Legendary country singer-songwriter John Prine announced today that he will be releasing his first album of new material in 13 years, Tree of Forgiveness, via his own record company Oh Boy Records on April 13. Recorded at Nashville, Tenn.’s historic RCA Studio A, the 10-track album features new songs written by Prine along with his team of co-writers, Pat McLaughlin, Roger Cook, Dan Auerbach, Keith Sykes and Phil Spector.

Fans can except from the new album an arrangement of different instruments, with Prine’s soft-spoken vocals resonating over his acoustic guitar. Grammy Award-winning producer for the album Dave Cobb is said to have supported the album musically as well, playing not only the acoustic guitar but also the mellotron, claps and kazoo. Along with Prine’s longtime band, the new album also features special guests Brandi Carlile doing the harmony vocals for select tracks, Jason Isbell on electric and slide guitar, and Amanda Shires accompanying with fiddle and background vocals.

“Summer’s End” is the first single off the album. The lyric video released today, directed and edited by Joshua Britt and Nielson Hubbard, 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. 50 years into his long-standing career, two-time Grammy winner Prine is still coming out with remarkably heartfelt music.

In celebration of his forthcoming album, Prine will be embarking on an extensive world tour, starting April 11 in Woodstock, N.Y. Each concert ticket buyer will also receive a copy of the album upon its release. Apart from his forthcoming album, the musician is also celebrating winning both an “Artist of the Year” award at the Americana Music Honors & Awards and a Chicago/Midwest Regional Emmy for his “Chicago Voices” performance with Renee Fleming in 2017.

While The Tree of Forgiveness won’t come out until April 13, preorders for the album are available here. Watch the lyric video for “Summer’s End” below, then listen to Prine play “Souveniers” in 1973 from the Paste Cloud. You can find the artist’s tour dates beneath The Tree of Forgiveness album cover and tracklist below. You can also watch Prine perform alongside Roger Waters, Justin Vernon, Jim James and Margo Price at the 2017 Newport Folk Festival right here.

The Tree of Forgiveness Album Art:


The Tree of Forgiveness Tracklist:
01. “Knockin’ On Your Screen Door” (by John Prine and Pat McLaughlin)
02. “I Have Met My Love Today” ft. Brandi Carlile (by John Prine and Roger Cook)
03. “Egg & Daughter Nite, Lincoln Nebraska, 1967 (Crazy Bone)” (by John Prine and Pat McLaughlin)
04. “Summer’s End” (written by John Prine and Pat McLaughlin)
05. “Caravan of Fools” (by John Prine, Dan Auerbach, and Pat McLaughlin)
06. “The Lonesome Friends of Science” (by John Prine)
07. “No Ordinary Blue” (by John Prine and Keith Sykes)
08. “Boundless Love” (by John Prine, Dan Auerbach, and Pat McLaughlin)
09. “God Only Knows” (by John Prine and Phil Spector)
10. “When I Get to Heaven” (by John Prine)

John Prine 2018 Tour Dates:

11 – Woodstock, N.Y. @ Levon’s Place
13 – New York, N.Y. @ Radio City Music Hall
14 – Philadelphia, Pa. @ Merriam Theatre
25 – Milwaukee, Wis. @ Riverside Theatre
27 – Chicago, Ill. @ Chicago Theatre
28 – Champaign, Ill. @ Virginia Theatre

11 – Beaver Dam, Ky. @ Beaver Dam Amphitheater (*tickets excluded from album bundle)
12 – Indianapolis, Ind. @ Clowes Hall
18 – Los Angeles, Calif. @ Ace Theatre
19 – San Diego, Calif. @ Balboa Theatre
23 – Folsom, Calif. @ Harris Center
24 – San Francisco, Calif. @ The Warfield

01 -Vienna, Va. @ Wolf Trap
02 – Norfolk, Va. @ Chrysler Hall
08 – Louisville, Ky. @ Palace Theatre
09 – Cincinnati, Ohio @ Taft Theatre
13 – Burlington, Vt. @ Flynn Theatre
15 – Boston, Mass. @ Wang Theatre
16 – Concord, N.H. @ Capitol Theatre
29 – Dallas, Texas @ AT&T Center
30 – Austin, Texas @ Bass Hall

14 – Somerset, Ky. @ Musicians Festival
20 – Pittsburgh, Pa. @ Heinz Hall

02 – Glasgow, U.K. @ Kelvingrove Bandstand
03 – Birmingham, U.K. @ Town Hall
05 – Cambridge, U.K. @ Cambridge Folk Festival
08 – Oslo, Norway @ Konserthurst
10 – Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Paradiso
13 – Dublin, Ireland @ National Concert Hall

14 – Huntsville, Ala. @ Von Braum Center
15 – Memphis, Tenn. @ Orpheum Theatre
19 – Eugene, Ore. @ Hult Center
21 – Portland, Ore. @ Schnitzer Theatre
22 – Seattle, Wash. @ Paramount Theatre
28 – Columbus, Ohio @ Ohio Theatre

03 – Knoxville, Tenn. @ Tennessee Theatre
05-06 – Nashville, Tenn. @ Ryman Auditorium

07 – Breckenridge, Colo. @ Riverwalk Center
08 – Grand Junction, Colo. @ Avalon Theatre
10 – Denver, Colo. @ Buell Center

12 – Las Vegas, Nev. @ Westgate Theatre
14 – Phoenix, Ariz. @ Celebrity Theatre
15 – Tucson, Ariz. @ Fox Theatre

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