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05/10/2017 - There are few musicians that can hold their own in comparison to greats such as Tom Waits or Johnny Cash, but on his; staggering, 23rd album, John Mellencamp is cementing himself as a legend. Having released his debut in 1976, it is awe inspiring to hear this latest offering. Read Rachael Scarsbrook's complete review after the jump. Read More
05/05/2017 - Read Simon Ramsay's Sad Clowns & Hillbillies review after the jump. Here are some excerpts: "It begins as an old man’s tortured confession but halfway through the band kicks in and Carter arrives to offer salvation, taking an incredibly dark piece and flooding it with redemption..."

" the album climaxes with a potent sting in its tail. Easy Target is a bitingly raw protest number about racial discrimination and poverty..." Read More
05/01/2017 - Sad Clowns And Hillbillies is the twenty-third album from Rock And Roll Hall Of Famer John Mellencamp, a remarkable achievement for a man who says he didn’t even own a guitar when he got his first record deal.

The superb new album, featuring Carlene Carter on much of the record, is vintage Mellencamp, It is a thoughtful, articulate, at times profound collection steeped in the sounds of America, from country and blues to gospel. Read Steve Baltin's complete interview after the jump. Read More
04/30/2017 - As a Rock and Roll Hall of Famer with 23 albums and a Grammy to his name, John Mellencamp has plenty to be proud of.

But after more than 40 years of churning out hits, the veteran rocker says one accomplishment stands out most.

“Still being here,” Mellencamp told the Daily News. “That’s a pretty big accomplishment to be here still. Of all the guys I started out with that are my age, there's a handful of us and that’s it. Everybody else either died, or they quit or they got smart and decided not to do this.” Read the complete interview after the jump. Read More

04/29/2017 - At 65, John Mellencamp no longer chases drama.

“I have found that life is a big enough adventure,” he says calling from his 86-acre property in Bloomington, Ind. “Young kids go to the movies to be scared. If we were together, I’d say to you, ‘Have you seen this mole on my arm?’ That’s scary enough; I don’t need to see ‘Suicide Squad.’” Read the complete LA Times Interview after the jump. Read More
04/28/2017 - John Mellencamp isn't the first musician to say he hears voices in his head. Fortunately, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer claims his visitors don't bring fear or confusion. They bring songs.

One example is "Easy Target," a track released in advance of new album "Sad Clowns & Hillbillies." Mellencamp said the bleakly sarcastic song, which refers to minority groups and the impoverished as being "created equal, equally beneath me and you," presented itself when he was devoting time to his second artistic passion of painting portraits, landscapes and social commentary. Read David Linquist's complete review after the jump. Read More
04/28/2017 - Read Ben Salmon of Paste Magazine complete review after the jump. Here are some excerpts: "just when you think Mellencamp might be retreating deeper into bygone sounds, along comes “Grandview,” an electrified blues-rocker (and duet with Martina McBride) that swaggers and smolders..."

"Sad Clowns is proof Mellencamp still knows how to do it..." Read More
04/27/2017 - "Mellencamp is a true American storyteller and the rebel with a cause is set to make his triumphant return on Friday, April 28, 2017 with his 23rd overall studio album, Sad Clowns & Hillbillies, via Republic Records..." "When it comes to a John Mellencamp album, there is simply no critiquing the musicianship. As with the entirety of this man’s extensive oeuvre of work, Sad Clowns & Hillbillies is no different: every note is pitch perfect, every melody beautifully executed..." Read Jeannie Blue's 5 out of 5 star review after the jump. Read More
 
   

 

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