John Prine will usher in 2019 on the Grand Ole Opry House stage alongside Nathaniel Rateliff and The Night Sweats, Iris DeMent and anyone who is lucky enough to snag a ticket when they go on sale this week.
Nathaniel Rateliff and The Night Sweats will bring their brand of Americana to the celebratory night while Iris DeMent will add her talents as a singer-songwriter who Prine adores. Prine has worked with DeMent in duets, and he has even been quoted as saying her voice is "like an old friend I'd never met before."
As the Tennessean writes, Prine played New Year's Eve at the Opry House last year with Jason Isbell and Kacey Musgraves filling the opening slots. At midnight, Prine realized he didn't know "Auld Lang Syne," the American folk song traditionally sung on New Year's Eve, so he improvised with a modified version of "Happy Birthday" instead.
According to Ticketmaster, tickets for the New Year's Eve show will range from $81.50 to $256.50. The public sale begins on Friday, July 13 at 10:00 a.m. A presale in which fans had to register beforehand to receive a special password matched with their email address will be held, along with an Official Platinum presale, on Wednesday, July 11. A local internet presale follows on July 12 at 10:00 a.m.
Prine will play old favorites in addition to the first pieces of new material he released after 13 years on his April 2018 record, The Tree of Forgiveness. If catching his New Year's Eve show isn't possible, Prine has many tour dates planned through this year including an overseas jaunt. Though not surprisingly, his Nashville show dates in October with Hiss Golden Messenger and Shovels and Rope at the Ryman Auditorium are already sold out. This surely foreshadows the fate of his New Year's Eve show, so jump on tickets quickly if you plan on attending.
Prine will play another Tennessee date this September during the 2018 AmericanaFest in Nashville. The legendary songwriter is nominated for Artist of the Year alongside frequent collaborators Brandi Carlile, Jason Isbell and Margo Price for the 2018 Americana Honors and Awards, which will take place on Sept. 12.