John Paul White (The Civil Wars) adds midwest tour dates

Article Contributed by Sacks and Company | Published on Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Grammy Award winner John Paul White is set to continue his North American tour in support of his new solo album The Hurting Kind (out now on Single Lock Records) with a run of newly-confirmed Midwest performances kicking off July 12 at the Woody Guthrie Folk Festival. See below for a complete list of tour dates. Purchase tickets here, and The Hurting Kind is available here.

While recently testing out the new material on the road for the first time, White’s live performance received critical praise with Glide Magazine noting that “the 90-minute set left the audience shouting for more” and Americana Highways raving that “this is going to be one of those reviews that I won’t be able to capture and convey just how good it was…it truly was a special evening, one that bordered on magical.”

Leading up to the sessions for The Hurting Kind, White was inspired by artists like Jim Reeves, Patsy Cline, Roy Orbison, Chet Atkins and Bill Porter. Drawing on these timeless influences, White sought out classic writers like Whisperin’ Bill Anderson and Bobby Braddock to collaborate with. “Coming out of each and every one of these situations, I got a resounding thumbs-up that I was on that right track,” says White of the collaborations. “I didn’t need anybody else’s approval after that.”

The Hurting Kind was recorded at Sun Drop Sound, White’s new home studio that he converted from an old, turn-of-the-century home in the historic district of Florence, AL, and at legendary FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, AL.  The record was co-produced with Ben Tanner (Alabama Shakes) and features additional contributions from a core group of musicians including Jon Radford (Leigh Nash, Odessa) and Reed Watson on drums, Pat Bergeson (Chet Atkins, Emmylou Harris) on electric guitar, Jon Estes (Robyn Hitchcock, Kesha) and David Hood (Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section) on bass and Lillie Mae (Jack White) on fiddle, plus guest vocals from Lee Ann Womack and background vocals from Erin Rae and The Secret Sisters. 

With The Hurting Kind, White draws on the lush, orchestrated music made in Nashville in the early 1960s, writing about overwhelming love, unraveling relationships and the fading memory of a loved one.

“I approached this album differently on the songwriting side before I ever got into the studio,” says White. “I really wanted there to be a torch song quality to it, the classic timeless quality. To not be afraid of the big note, and not be afraid of the drama.”

White grew up in tiny Loretto, Tennessee, and now lives in Florence, Alabama, not far from Muscle Shoals. He has cultivated his career in Nashville for two decades, first as a songwriter for a major publisher, then as half of The Civil Wars—a groundbreaking duo that won four Grammy Awards before disbanding in 2012. White’s collaborations include contributions to recordings by Rodney Crowell, Hiss Golden Messenger, Rosanne Cash, Jason Isbell, Candi Staton and Emmylou Harris, and production work with Lera Lynn, Lindi Ortega, Dylan LeBlanc, Penny & Sparrow and Donnie Fritts’ Oh My Goodness, which also marked White’s debut as a producer. White is also a partner in Single Lock Records, an independent record label based in Florence, Alabama.

In 2016, White released Beulah to widespread critical acclaim with Rolling Stone praising, “the strength of White’s songwriting lies in the masterful balance he strikes between character and confession.” The Hurting Kind is White’s third solo album.

JOHN PAUL WHITE—THE HURTING KIND

1. The Good Old Days

2. I Wish I Could Write You a Song

3. Heart Like a Kite

4. Yesterday’s Love

5. The Long Way Home

6. The Hurting Kind

7. This Isn’t Gonna End Well (featuring Lee Ann Womack)

8. You Lost Me

9. James

10. My Dreams Have All Come True

JOHN PAUL WHITE LIVE

May 8

Washington, DC

Union Stage

May 9

Annapolis, MD

Ram’s Head

May 10

Ardmore, PA

Ardmore Music Hall

May 11

New York, NY

Bowery Ballroom

May 13

Boston, MA

Once

May 15

Pittsburgh, PA

Spirit (Hall)

May 16

Louisville, KY

Headliners Music Hall

May 17

Atlanta, GA

Terminal West

May 18

Birmingham, AL

Lyric Theatre

May 25

Martinsville, OH

Nowhere Else Festival

June 1

Nashville, TN

Grand Ole Opry

June 5

Little Rock, AR

South On Main

June 6

Denton, TX

Andy’s Bar

June 10

Phoenix, AZ

Musical Instrument Museum

June 11

San Juan Capistrano, CA

The Coach House

June 12

Solana Beach, CA

Belly Up

June 14

Los Angeles, CA

The Troubadour

June 15

Santa Cruz, CA

Rio Theatre

June 16

San Francisco, CA

The Chapel

June 18

Portland, OR

Mississippi Studios

June 19

Seattle, WA

Tractor Tavern

June 20

Spokane, WA

The Bartlett

June 23

Denver, CO

Bluebird Theater

June 25

Kansas City, MO

Knuckleheads

June 26

St. Louis, MO

Delmar Hall

June 27

Lexington, KY

Manchester Music Hall

June 29

Nashville, TN

Musicians Corner

July 12

Okemah, OK

Pastures of Plenty: Woody Guthrie Folk Festival

July 13

Memphis, TN

Levitt Shell/Overton Park

July 14

Paducah, KY

Maiden Alley Cinema

July 16

Newport, KY

Southgate House Revival

July 17

Knoxville, TN

The Open Chord

July 18

Abingdon, VA

Abingdon Market Pavilion

July 21

Marietta, OH

People’s Bank Theatre

July 22

Ann Arbor, MI

The Ark

July 23

Indianapolis, IN

Hi-Fi

July 25

Chicago, IL

Lincoln Hall