On This Date: John Prine Releases Final Studio Album ‘The Tree Of Forgiveness”

John Prine in a black suit

The last album from one of the all-time greats, John Prine.

Not a day goes by that a John Prine song doesn’t come out of my speakers. Whether it’s an oldie or one of his newer songs, there is never a wrong time to listen to John Prine.

The Tree Of Forgiveness was released on April 13th, 2018, marking the eighteenth studio album that Prine had recorded and his first studio album since his 2005 album, Fair And Square.

“The Tree of Forgiveness turns five years old today! In celebration, let’s all have a Handsome Johnny and throw the record on the turntable.”

His excitement from the video footage from release day is unmatched.

“An album release morning conversation with John, before playing Radio City Music Hall that night with his buddy Sturgill Simpson.”

Produced by the great Dave Cobb, the recording took place at the famous RCA Studio A in Nashville, Tennessee. It featured other phenomenal artists like Jason Isbell and Brandi Carlile, along with other songwriters like Phil Spector and Dan Auerbach from the Black Keys.

The songs on the album match this all-star lineup behind them, having some very recognizable singles on there like “Summer’s End,” “No Ordinary Blue,” “When I Get To Heaven,” and “Caravan Of Fools”

Thank you, Yellowstone, for bringing  “Caravan Of Fools” to the limelight during Season 4, Episode 3.

John Prine has too many great songs even to begin to list them, but this album holds a special place in my heart.

I had the album on repeat for the entire year before I caught a snippet of his set at the 2019 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival.

The few moments of “Summer’s End” I sat and listened to from afar were magical. The simplicity of John Prine’s music, but the complexity of his songwriting, is just beyond moving.

One of the best to ever do it…

Although Prine might no longer be with us on Earth, his ability to convey emotions and move people through music will live forever.

John Prine’s roots in country music are deep, just like The Tree Of Forgiveness— no better way to honor his legacy than to listen to the album all the way through.

A beer bottle on a dock



A beer bottle on a dock