John Prine, Shovels & Rope returning to New Orleans in December 2016


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Folk and country singer-songwriter John Prine returns to New Orleans this winter with alt-country duo Shovels & Rope. The bands perform at the Saenger Theatre on Friday, Dec. 2.

The Grammy Award-winning songwriter last appeared in New Orleans with his often-funny, mostly heartbreaking storytelling over two nights at the Civic Theatre in 2014, performing as a rollicking, stripped-down trio weaving raspy anecdotes through two hours of his songs, buoyed by three-part harmonies and his low growl.

Shovels & Rope — South Carolina's husband-and-wife duo Cary Ann Hearst and Michael Trent — was set to perform at Hogs for the Cause April 1 but bad weather forced the gates to close. The band's frequent New Orleans tour stops (including its 2015 Jazz Fest debut) have balanced its punk barnburners with brooding, Southern gothic-inspired country blues. Read the band's Gambit interview here.

Tickets are $63.50-$103.50 and go on sale 10 a.m. Friday, April 15.

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