John Prine is a legendary songwriter, and at 71 years old is considered an icon and an inspiration by musicians around the world. He was recently nominated for entry into the prestigious Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, and is likely to be inducted.
Next year Prine is bringing his The Tree of Forgiveness tour to New Zealand, his first shows here in 25 years. Artists who have recorded from Prine’s work or appeared with him include Bette Midler, Johnny Cash, Bonnie Raitt, Tom Petty, Norah Jones, and many more.
Despite his 2946 birth in Illinois, Prine was raised in the Midwest and his music reflects his. His lyrics are filled with tales of blue collar suburbs and his music is inspired by the country tunes he grew up with.
Since his 1971 debut he’s won two Grammy, been inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, received an Americana Lifetime Achievement Award, and been honoured at the Library of Congress by US Poet Laureate Ted Kooser.
Joining Prine on the tour is Kentucky musician Tyler Childers, whose 2017 debut album Purgatory is a dark semi-biography set to bluegrass-inspired music. Childers has toured with Jack White and played at Chicago’s Lollapalooza festival.
The New Zealand legs of the tour will be in all-ages licensed arenas across three cities – Auckland, Christchurch, and Wellington – on the 27th February, 28th February, and 2nd March respectively.
Tickets go on sale today, 19th October, at midday and are available from Ticketmaster.