Prine plans new album, tour
Monday, December 4, 2017
– John Prine will release his first album of new material in 13 years next year, he announced today.
Prine, 71, also plans a series of shows. He will co-headline a show at New York's Radio City Music Hall on April 13 with Sturgill Simpson (solo) as well as dates at Philadelphia's Merriam Theatre on April 14, Chicago's Chicago Theatre on April 27, San Francisco'sWarfield on May 24.
Tickets will be available for pre-sale beginning Wednesday, Dec. 6 with general on-sale starting Friday, Dec. 8.
Every ticket sold for these upcoming shows will include a copy of Prine's forthcoming record. No details were released about the album. Prine release a duets album of classics, "For Better, Or Worse," in 2016.
Prine won the Americana Music Honors & Awards' "Artist of the Year" award and released the book "John Prine Beyond Words." Released on his own independent label, Oh Boy Records, the songbook included a selection of favorites songs, photographs and stories from Prine's beloved catalogue.
Tour dates are:
April 13-New York, NY-Radio City Music Hall *
April 14-Philadelphia, PA-Merriam Theatre &
April 25-Milwaukee, WI-Riverside Theatre
April 27-Chicago, IL-Chicago Theatre
April 28-Champaign, IL-Virginia Theatre
May 11-Beaver Dam, KY-Beaver Dam Amphitheater (tickets excluded from album bundle)
May 12-Indianapolis, IN-Clowes Hall
May 19-San Diego, CA-Balboa Theatre
May 23-Folsom, CA-Harris Center
May 24-San Francisco, CA-The Warfield
June 2-Norfolk, VA-Chrysler Hall **
*co-headline with Sturgill Simpson (solo)
& with very special guest Kurt Vile
** with very special guest Margo Price
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