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Prine announces new CD, tour

Thursday, February 8, 2018 – John Prine will release his first album of new material in 13 years, "The Tree of Forgiveness," on April 13 on his own label, Oh Boy Records.

Produced by Grammy Award-winning Dave Cobb, the song "Summer's End" premiered today.

Prine will embark on an extensive tour that will span throughout 2018, including a co-headline concert at New York's Radio City Music Hall with Sturgill Simpson (solo) on album release day as well as newly announced shows at L.A.'s Ace Theatre, Boston's Wang Theatre, Austin's Bass Hall and Nashville's Ryman Auditorium (two nights). Tickets for the newly added dates will be available for presale beginning Wednesday, Feb. 14 with general on sale starting Friday, Feb. 16. Every concert ticket sold will include a copy the CD only upon its release.

Recorded at Nashville's RCA Studio A, the album includes 10 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).

Songs on the CD are:
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)
"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)
"God Only Knows" (by John Prine and Phil Spector)
10. "When I Get to Heaven" (by John Prine)

Tour dates are:
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-Musicians Festival
July 20-Pittsburgh, PA-Heinz Hall (with Langhorne Slim)
Aug. 2-Glasgow, 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. 5-6 - 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)

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