Heartland rocker John Mellencamp releases his 23rd full-length album Sad Clowns & Hillbillies featuring Carlene Carter—the daughter of June Carter Cash and stepdaughter of Johnny Cash—on Republic Records today. Get it HERE.
This past week, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer teamed up with NPR to stream the album early as a NPR “First Listen” where they proclaimed “By the time the album is done…what else you can do but start the damn thing over again?” In addition, he took the stage at Late Night With Seth Meyer for an interview with Meyers where he discussed how Bob Dylan first told him to start selling his now infamous paintings, performed “Grandview” joined by one of country’s biggest voices Martina McBride, and treated audiences to an acoustic rendition of “Jack and Diane.” Check out the interview here, performance of “Grandview” featuring Martina McBride here, and “Jack and Diane” here.
Next week, Mellencamp will continue his string of television appearances as he is scheduled to perform on the Today Show on May 3rd and speak with CNN New Day on May 4th.
This summer, Mellencamp will tour for 22 stops across North America for his all-new Sad Clowns & Hillbillies tour kicking off on June 5th in Denver, Colorado with special guests, Emmylou Harris, tour-mate Carlene Carter and Lily & Madeleine. Every online ticket purchased comes with one physical CD of Sad Clowns & Hillbillies. See the full tour itinerary and purchase tickets here.
Sad Clowns and Hillbillies is the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer’s follow up to 2014’s critically-acclaimed, Plain Spoken, Mellencamp’s fourth consecutive Top 20 album, dating back to 2007’s Freedom Road.
- MOBILE BLUE
- BATTLE OF ANGELS
- GRANDVIEW Featuring Martina McBride
- INDIGO SUNSET
- WHAT KIND OF MAN AM I
- ALL NIGHT TALK RADIO
- SUGAR HILL MOUNTAIN
- YOU ARE BLIND
- DAMASCUS ROAD
- EARLY BIRD CAFÉ
- SAD CLOWNS
- MY SOUL’S GOT WINGS
- EASY TARGET
ABOUT JOHN MELLENCAMP
John Mellencamp’s career in music, spanning more than 35 years, has seen him transition from pop star to one of the most highly respected singer/songwriters of a generation. Mellencamp is incredibly acclaimed; he is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, a Grammy winner, a recipient of the John Steinbeck Award, ASCAP Foundation’s Champion Award, The Woody Guthrie Award and Americana Music Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award and more recently, the Founders Award, the top honor assigned by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. He is also one of the most successful live concert performers in the world. In 1985, Mellencamp, together with Willie Nelson and Neil Young, created Farm Aid. The social activism reflected in his songs helped catalyze Farm Aid, the concert series and organization that has addressed the struggle of American family farmers for more than 25 years. John also wrote the title song for the upcoming film, The Yellow Birds, an American war film directed by Alexandre Moors and based on the novel The Yellow Birds by Kevin Powers. The film stars Tye Sheridan, Jack Huston, Alden Ehrenreich, Jennifer Aniston, and Toni Collette. John continues to focus on another facet of his artistic expression: painting. His style has progressed over the years as evidenced by several gallery shows and published portfolios, and in recent years he has increased his output by completing over 100 new works. His pieces were shown in 2012 at the Tennessee State Museum in Nashville under the title “Nothing Like I Planned: The Art Of John Mellencamp” and, more recently at the Butler Institute of American Art in an exhibition entitled “The Paintings Of John Mellencamp.” “The Paintings of John Mellencamp” traveled to the Museum of Art-DeLand, Florida and John’s art was showcased at the ACA Gallery in New York. The unique instrumentation of his band and his poignant songs about everyday life in the American heartland, are widely credited with being the forbearer of the Americana/No Depression genre of rural-inflected music. An extraordinary collaboration performed by an ensemble cast of 15 actors and a four-piece live band, comprised of members of John Mellencamp’s band is The Ghost Brothers of Darkland County, a musical with music and lyrics by John Mellencamp, a libretto by author Stephen King and production by T Bone Burnett. The show is being further developed in London, though King and Mellencamp are no longer as actively involved. Mellencamp continues his journey as the walking embodiment of heartland rock; passionate, plain-spoken, and a self-proclaimed rebel. John Mellencamp continues to live and work in Bloomington, Indiana.
Check out Sad Clowns and Hillbillies Here: https://republic.lnk.to/SadClownsHillbilliesPR