Songwriting legend John Prine is out on tour in support of his newest album, Tree of Forgiveness, and the Grammy-winning 71-year-old stopped by New York City at the end of last week for a couple special performances, first on The Tonight Show with Stephen Colbert and the following night at Manhattan’s famed Radio City Music Hall.
Both performances featured special guests Brandi Carlile and Sturgill Simpson, two singer-songwriters who, along with many working today, owe a portion of their musical lineage to Prine. On Colbert, both Carlile and Simpson joined Prine and his band for “Summer’s End,” which appears on Tree of Forgiveness.
At Radio City, Carlile and Simpson continued their collaboration, though separately. Carlil was first up, joining Prine for another round of “Summer’s End” plus “I Have Met My Love Today,” “Angel From Montgomery” and “In Spit of Ourselves,” while Simpsons later came up for “Speed of the Sound of Loneliness,” “Please Don’t Bury Me,” “Pretty Good” and “When I Get to Heaven,” the finale of which also featured Prine’s wife Fiona and their son Jody Whelan.
See the full setlist below, along with video of the Colbert performance and from the collaborations at Radio City. Prine continues his tour next week with a run of Midwest shows starting April 25 in Milwaukee, WI.
Radio City Music Hall
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+
Notes: *w/ Brandi Carlile
^w/ Sturgill Simpson
+w/ Sturgill Simpson, Jody Whelan, Fiona Prine