John Prine wins "Artist of the Year" at 2018 Americana Awards

Article Contributed by Sacks and Company | Published on Thursday, September 13, 2018

John Prine won “Artist of the Year” at last night’s Americana Music Honors & Awards. This is Prine’s third time receiving the prestigious award following previous wins in 2017 and 2005.  

The award celebrates a landmark year for Prine, whose critically acclaimed new album, The Tree of Forgiveness, recently debuted at #5 on the Billboard 200 chart with over 54,000 equivalent albums sold in its first week—a career high chart position and sales week for the legendary singer, songwriter and performer. The album also debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Americana/Folk Albums chart, #2 on Billboard’s Country Albums chart and #2 on Billboard’s Rock Albums chart. Moreover, Prine received the BMI Troubadour Award earlier this week, becoming only the second artist ever to receive the honor.

Released on his own independent label, Oh Boy Records, the album is Prine’s first album featuring new material in over 13 years and was produced by Grammy Award winning producer Dave Cobb (purchase/stream here).

In celebration of the album, Prine’s extensive nationwide tour is currently underway including a newly confirmed New Year’s Eve show at Nashville’s Opry House with Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats and special guest Iris DeMent. Of his recent sold out show at Radio City Music Hall, Rolling Stone declares, “…a night of joy and love at one of the most biggest shows of the veteran singer-songwriter’s career.” All 2018 shows are now on-sale. See below for complete details. Every concert ticket sold will include a copy The Tree of Forgiveness (CD only).

Last month, Prine released the official music video for his song, “Egg & Daughter Nite, Lincoln Nebraska, 1967 (Crazy Bone).” Watch/share HERE. Created By Neighborhoods Apart Productions, the video was directed and animated by Josh Britt and Neilson Hubbard. The video for “Knockin’ On Your Screen Door,” also premiered earlier this summer (watch/share HERE). Directed by David McClister, the video was filmed at some of Prine’s favorite places throughout Nashville and features special guests Dan Auerbach, Dave Cobb, Elizabeth Cook, David Ferguson, Jason Isbell, Jeremy Ivey, Margo Price, Amanda Shires, Sturgill Simpson and more.

Additionally, earlier this year, Prine performed the album’s first single, “Summer’s End,” on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” with special guests Sturgill Simpson and Brandi Carlile (watch HERE). Rolling Stone also recently premiered a short documentary on Prine and the new album, entitled “John Prine: The Road to The Tree of Forgiveness” (watch HERE). Moreover, Prine’s NPR Music “Tiny Desk Concert” can be viewed HERE and his recent interview on NPR’s “Fresh Air” with host Terry Gross can be heard HERE.


September 14—Huntsville, AL—Von Braun Center (with Kelsey Waldon) 

September 15—Memphis, TN—Orpheum Theatre (with Kelsey Waldon) SOLD OUT

September 19—Eugene, OR—Hult Center (with Todd Snider)

September 21—Portland, OR—Schnitzer Theatre (with Todd Snider) SOLD OUT

September 22—Seattle, WA—Paramount Theatre (with Todd Snider) SOLD OUT

September 28—Columbus, OH—Ohio Theatre (with Lilly Hiatt)

October 3—Knoxville, TN—Tennessee Theatre (with Kelsey Waldon) SOLD OUT

October 5—Nashville, TN—Ryman Auditorium (with Hiss Golden Messenger) SOLD OUT

October 6—Nashville, TN—Ryman Auditorium (with Shovels and Hope) SOLD OUT

October 19—Los Angeles, CA—Ace Theatre*

October 25—Cleveland, MS—Bologna Performing Arts Center SOLD OUT

October 26—Merridian, MS—MSU Riley Center (with Valerie June)

November 7—Breckenridge, CO—Riverwalk Center (with Nathaniel Rateliff) SOLD OUT

November 8—Grand Junction, CO—Avalon Theatre (with Nathaniel Rateliff) SOLD OUT

November 10—Denver, CO—Buell Center (with Nathaniel Rateliff) SOLD OUT

November 16—Kansas City, MO—Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland (with Conor Oberst)

November 17—Omaha, NE—Orpheum Theatre (with Conor Oberst)

December 7—Toronto, ON—Sony Centre for the Performing Arts

December 8—London, ON—Centennial Hall

December 12—Las Vegas, NV—Westgate Theatre (with John Paul White)

December 14—Phoenix, AZ—Celebrity Theatre (with John Paul White)

December 15—Tucson, AZ—Fox Theatre (with John Paul White)

December 31—Nashville, TN—Opry House (with Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats and special guest Iris DeMent) SOLD OUT 

*Across the Great Divide: a benefit concert for the Americana Music Association & the Blues Foundation, with Bob Weir, Lucinda Williams, Lee Ann Womack and more