John Prine to play New Zealand for the first time in 25 years next year

Thursday 18 October 2018

John Prine to play New Zealand for the first time in 25 years next year

After 25 years of waiting, acclaimed artist and singer-songwriter John Prine finally steps back to NZ soil, performing his highly-anticipated 'Tree Of Forgiveness' tour at Auckland's Bruce Mason Centre, Christchurch's Isaac Theatre Royal and Wellington's TSB Arena next year.

After serenading Kiwi audiences, John Prine will be winding up his Australian tour where he'll be playing for his eagerly-awaiting audiences at Brisbane's The Tivoli, Melbourne's Palais Theatre and Sydney's State Theatre.

Illinois-born John Prine wrote songs that are filled with the tales of blue collar suburbs where country music—the Grand 'Ol Opry, good Southern cooking—and annual visits to Kentucky were as natural as Chicago hot dogs and baseball. As he broke into the music scene, Prine became a 2003 inductee of Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, received an Americana Lifetime Achievement Award for songwriting and was recognised at the Library of Congress by US Poet Laureate Ted Kooser. These only prove that Prine has become not just a well-loved and appreciated songwriter, but a bonafide American treasure.

From the release of his eponymous, groundbreaking debut in 1971, Prine has forged a path through the American musical landscape, with his heartfelt narratives and expressive voice. He was recently named Artist of the Year at the 17th annual Americana Honors & Awards and landed a nomination for the USA's prestigious Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In April 2018, the multi-talented icon released his first new original songs in 13 years: the critically-acclaimed 'The Tree Of Forgiveness' (Oh Boy Records/Cooking Vinyl). The album debuted at #1 on Billboard's Folk Albums chart, #2 on Top Country, and #5 on the overall Billboard 200—the highest chart positions of Prine's career.

The list of performers who've worked with Prine or appeared alongside him on his many albums, reads like a who's who of the greats: Bruce Springsteen, Johnny Cash, Bonnie Raitt, Iris Dement, Dan Auerbach, Tom Petty, the Everly Brothers, John Denver, Kris Kristofferson, Emmylou Harris, Carly Simon, Ben Harper, Lucinda Williams, Norah Jones, Bette Midler, and more.

"Prine is the king... one of the greatest songwriters and performers that ever was. His stage show is better than ever and attendance should be considered mandatory." - Dan Auerbach

"At 71, John Prine is a virtuoso... writing about what it means to be alive." Pitchfork

"Beautiful songs... nobody but Prine could write like that." - Bob Dylan

Joining John as special guest is Kentucky singer-songwriter Tyler Childers who released his breakout debut 'Purgatory' in 2017, recently played Chicago's Lollapalooza festival and supported Jack White in Minneapolis. Steeped in the sounds of the Appalachian South, Childers' debut is bluegrass-infused, semi-autobiographical tracks co-produced by Grammy winners Sturgill Simpson and David Ferguson.

Grab your tickets now and don't miss John Prine's highly-anticipated concert next year!