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07/07/2017 - John Mellencamp once put out an album called Nothing Matters And What If It Did. But that was a long time ago in 1980, when he was known as John Cougar. Since then, the feisty Midwestern rocker has demonstrated that a great deal of things matter to him, from the plain-spoken, propulsive roots music heard on his mature albums to the workaday blue-collar men and women that have populated his songs for decades.

Thankfully, the Woody Guthrie populist from a red state also cares about entertaining his audience, and his Sad Clowns & Hillbillies tour — named after the 65-year-old Hoosier’s scrappy new album — is a well-plotted, multi-act package considerably bolstered by the presence of supporting acts Emmylou Harris, Carlene Carter, and vocal duo Lily & Madeleine. Read the complete review after the jump. Read More
06/27/2017 - Just as Woody Guthrie and Lead Belly painted pictures of daily life and struggles in their day, perhaps the two best such troubadours of our time are Mellencamp and Willie Nelson. A person would be hard pressed to find finer realistic portrayals of our country and its people today than those being written and performed by Mellencamp. What makes his glimpses into the human condition so convincing, and so accurate is their inherent honesty. His protagonists are instantly recognizable in ourselves.

More than four decades on and Mellencamp is still gifting us illuminating portraits of who we are, how we see ourselves, and how we view the world we live in. His 23rd studio album Sad Clowns & Hillbillies, out on Republic Records, is a scintillating experience. Read Barry Kerzner's complete review after the jump. Read More
06/15/2017 - Read Felice Lineberry's complete Marymoor Park review after the jump. Here is an excerpt: "At the end of the show, Mellencamp addressed the crowd about the past. “So there really is no past,” he exclaimed after questioning why we always reminisce about days gone by. “You bring it along with you, it’s part of you. You know it’s just part of our lives...” Read More
05/12/2017 - Billboard Magazine's long running "Chart Beat" column (written by Keith Caulfield) reflects on John's long career in celebration of John's 19th Top 40 Album Sad Clowns & Hillbillies: "John Mellencamp featuring Carlene Carter, Sad Clowns & Hillbillies – No. 11 — John Mellencamp notches his 19th top 40-charting album on the Billboard 200 with the arrival of Sad Clowns & Hillbillies. The set, which features Carlene Carter, bows with 35,000 equivalent album units earned (of which nearly all were in traditional album sales). That sum of 35,000 copies sold is Mellencamp’s biggest sales week for any album since 2008, when Life Death Love and Freedom bowed with 56,000 sold."  More of John's chart history is available after the jump. Read More
05/09/2017 - Achieving a career best on the Billboard Top Americana Albums Chart, heartland rocker John Mellencamp debuts at #1 with his 23rd full-length album Sad Clowns & Hillbillies featuring Carlene Carter—the daughter of June Carter Cash and stepdaughter of Johnny Cash.

Storming multiple charts, Sad Clowns & Hillbillies arrives at #3 on the Top Rock Albums Chart, tying 2007’s Freedom’s Road and making for his first Top 5 bow in a decade. In addition, it lands at #5 on the Top Album Sales Chart. It also stands out as his fifth consecutive Top 20 album on the Billboard 200 Chart debuting at #11. Read More
 
   

 

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