John Prine has canceled a number of overseas shows in the U.K. and Australia to deal with a nagging injury. According to a post on the singer-songwriter’s Instagram, Prine will be “taking a break from touring, as being on the road has aggravated a hip injury.” The message directs fans with previously purchased tickets to reach out to the venue and consult Prine’s Facebook page for further information.
Prine’s next scheduled gig is April 26th at MerleFest, the annual bluegrass and string music gathering in North Carolina.
Last summer, the 73-year-old “Sam Stone” singer postponed a series of tour dates to undergo a stent procedure. He returned to the road and headlined his inaugural All the Best Fest in Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic in November. Prine announced the 2020 lineup for All the Best Fest last month, with Bonnie Raitt, Steve Earle, and Margo Price joining him on the bill.
Prine was the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award at January’s Grammy Awards, where Raitt performed his song “Angel of Montgomery.” He released his last album, The Tree of Forgiveness, in 2018, and guests on the track “Memories” on the upcoming LP by cult country-soul performer Swamp Dogg.
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Update: Thank you everyone for all the well wishes- everything went well with the hip surgery and I just need to rest up a little more before I can get back to doing what I love- playing shows! For those who have purchased tickets to any of the affected shows, the venue will have more specific information. Looking forward to being back on the road at Merle Fest on April 26th. Head to official FB page for more information.