John Prine Welcomes Brandi Carlile And Sturgill Simpson At Radio City Music Hall


On Friday night John Prine and Sturgill Simpson teamed up for a co-headlining gig at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. The singer-songwriters each played full-length sets at the historic Art Deco designed venue, with Prine, who was celebrating the release of this first album of all-new material in 13 years, enlisting the help of both Simpson and Brandi Carlile for stretches during his.

Simpson, who headlined Radio City on his own last fall, got the night underway with a solo acoustic set that was an almost even mix of covers and originals. The 39-year-old singer dug deep showing off his musical influences touching on traditional bluegrass and classic country with covers from the likes of The Stanley Brothers, Porter Wagoner, Willie Nelson and Jimmy Martin. Simpson also delivered takes on material from his three studio albums showcasing cuts likes “Turtles On The Way Down,” “Life Of Sin” and “Long White Line” from his 2014 breakthrough Metamodern Sounds In Country Music, “Welcome To Earth (Polywog)” and “Oh Sarah” from A Sailor’s Guide To Earth and reaching back to his debut High Top Mountain for “Time After All.”

Prine, who released Tree Of Forgiveness yesterday, delivered a career-spanning set that featured some of his most beloved songs alongside selections from his newest studio effort. Prine reeled off a string of songs just with his band getting his portion of the night going with “Six O’Clock News” from his 1971 self-titled debut album. From there the 71-year-old singer-songwriter mixed old and new material with classics like “Bruised Orange (Chain Of Sorrow),” “Your Flag Decal Won’t Get You Into Heaven Anymore” and “Grandpa Was A Carpenter” with new tunes like “Egg & Daughter Nite, Lincoln Nebraska, 1967 (Crazy Bone)” and “Caravan Of Fools.”


Roughly midway through his set, Prine welcomed out Brandi Carlile to join him for a four-song stretch as his duet partner. The pair has a history of performing together, which included an appearance on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert on Thursday night. Carlile and Prine teamed up for a version of “I Have Met My Love Today,” a tune from Prine’s new album that she appears on. Carlile also assisted on “Summer’s End,” “In Spite Of Ourselves” and “Angel From Montgomery,” which she has worked into her sets a number of times over the years.

After a take on “Sam Stone,” Sturgill Simpson emerged as the two Nashville residents offered up takes on “Speed of the Sound of Loneliness” from 1986’s German Afternoons, “Please Don’t Bury Me” from 1973’s Sweet Revenge and “Pretty Good” from Prine’s debut album. Prine brought his main set to close by inviting both Carlile and Simpson back to the stage for “When I Get to Heaven” before bringing the night to end with “Standing On Peaceful Water.”

Watch fan-shot video captured by ratbastard and check out the setlists below:

[Grandpa Was A Carpenter]

[Angel From Montgomery]

[Sam Stone]


[Speed Of The Sound Of Loneliness]

[Standing By Peaceful Waters]


John Prine at 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  


Sturgill Simpson at Radio City Music Hall

  • Could You Love Me (One More Time)  
  • Come on Over  
  • Oh Sarah
  • Living the Dream
  • Lonely at the Top  
  • Your Old Love Letters  
  • Handsome Molly  
  • I'd Have to Be Crazy  
  • Breakers Roar
  • The Promise  
  • Long White Line  
  • Turtles All the Way Down
  • Just Let Go
  • Time After All
  • Welcome to Earth (Pollywog)
  • Foggy Old London  
  • Life of Sin
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