On Friday evening, John Prine and Sturgill Simpson joined forces for a co-headlining performance at the legendary Radio City Music Hall in New York City. For many fans, the bill took on a very special meaning, with Prine serving as one of the largest icons in country music since the early 1970’s and Simpson representing a new generation of talented country acts. The show also doubled as an album release party for John Prine’s brand-new album, The Tree of Forgiveness, marking the celebrated singer-songwriter’s first new album in thirteen years.
Prine laid out a characteristically standout performance, offering a mix of songs off The Tree of Forgiveness interspersed between classic numbers from across his half-century-long career. During the show, Prine was also eager to share the spotlight, inviting out his co-headliner, Sturgill Simpson, in addition to another force to be reckoned with, Brandi Carlile.
Midway through Prine’s set, Brandi Carlile came out to perform four songs—”I Have Met My Love Today”, “Summer’s End”, “In Spite Of Ourself”, and “Angel From Montgomery”. Carlile’s appearance was not too surprising, especially given that Prine and Carlile collaborated together earlier in the week during a performance on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert.
After the pair’s gorgeous rendition of “In Spite Of Ourselves”, Carlile left the stage, leaving Prine on his own for a rendition of “Sam Stone” off his debut self-titled 1971 album. Following this tune, Prine welcomed Sturgill Simpson back onto the famed Radio City Music Hall stage, with the duo teaming up for renditions of “Speed of the Sound of Loneliness”, “Please Don’t Bury Me”, and “Pretty Good”. After a solo rendition of “Lake Marie”, both Brandi Carlile and Sturgill Simpson returned to the stage to help John Prine close out the celebratory show and album release party with a rendition of Prine’s brand-new song, “When I Get To Heaven”.
Setlist: John Prine | Radio City Music Hall | New York, NY | 4/13/2018
Set: Six O’Clock News, Knockin’ On Your Screen Door, Bruised Orange (Chain of Sorrow), Your Flag Decal Won’t Get You Into Heaven Anymore, Caravan of Fools, Egg & Daughter Nite, Lincoln Nebraska, 1967 (Crazy Bone), Grandpa Was a Carpenter, Hello in There, Boundless Love, Summer’s End #, I Have Met My Love Today #, Angel From, Montgomery #, In Spite of Ourselves #, Sam Stone, Speed of the Sound of Loneliness &, Please Don’t Bury Me &, Pretty Good &, Lake Marie, When I Get to Heaven #&
# with Brandi Carlile | & with Sturgill Simpson
You can check out videos of the performance below, courtesy of ratbstard718.
“Crazy Bone Egg & Daughter Nite”
“Grandpa Was A Carpenter”
“Hello In There Hello”
“In Spite Of Ourselves”
“Speed of the Sound of Loneliness”
“Please Don’t Bury Me”