‘John Prine can make you laugh like no else can make you laugh’ – Bill Murray
Frontier Touring and Love Police are thrilled to announce a tour by one of the USA’s most remarkable songwriters: two time Grammy Award-winner and master storyteller John Prine. Prine was recently named Artist of the Year at the 17th annual Americana Honors & Awards, held at Nashville’s famous Ryman Auditorium, and just yesterday landed a nomination for the USA’s prestigious Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
The legendary Prine – long considered a “songwriter’s songwriter” – will perform six intimate theatre dates with his full band in Australia and New Zealand in February/March 2019, his first shows in both countries since 1993!
For this special tour, Frontier Touring has teamed up for the very first time with Americana-lovers Love Police, responsible for bringing some of the biggest names of the genre Down Under for two decades now.
The list of performers who’ve recorded from Prine’s extensive catalogue, 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.
‘At 71, John Prine is a virtuoso … writing about what it means to be alive.’ – Pitchfork
‘Prine and the late-Leonard Cohen are a rare breed of songwriters who can make you cry and laugh in the same song … a complete night of exquisite storytelling’ – The Times (Pittsburgh)
Joining John as special guest at all shows is Kentucky singer/songwriter Tyler Childers, who released his breakout debut Purgatory in 2017 and recently played Chicago’s Lollapalooza festival and supported Jack White in Minneapolis. Steeped in the sounds of the Appalachian south, Childers’ bluegrass-infused, semi-autobiographical tracks are co-produced by Grammy Award-winners Sturgill Simpson and David Ferguson. Says Rolling Stone of tracks such as ‘Whitehouse Road’, Childers’ music sounds like, “A raw look at the darker regions of modern-day Appalachia, where bluegrass is in the soul, but cocaine is in the blood.” Watch his NPR Tiny Desk concert here.
Touring for the first time in 25 years, these AU/NZ shows from one of America’s greatest talents will be truly unforgettable. Don’t miss John Prine, live in concert this summer!