Sad Clowns & Hillbillies Debuts At #1 On Billboard's Americana Chart
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"Mellencamp delivers the songs on Sad Clowns & Hillbillies in a soulful rasp alternately suggestive of Tom Waits and latter-day Bob Dylan."- NPR
MAY 9, 2017 NEW YORK, NY: 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.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer has taken over television since the record’s release. He not only performed with Martina McBride for “Grandview” and played “Jack and Diane” acoustic on Late Night With Seth Meyers, but he also granted an intimate interview, sharing a story about Bob Dylan encouraging him to begin selling his now infamous paintings. He continued the takeover with an appearances on the Today Show where he sat down to talk about Sad Clowns & Hillbillies (see interview here), and performed a song in every hour of the show with Carlene Carter including “Pink Houses,” “Grandview,” “Indigo Sunset,” and “Small Town.”
This summer, Mellencamp will tour 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. See the full tour itinerary and purchase tickets here.