JOHN MELLENCAMP – ” Sad Clowns and Hillbillies “

Posted: April 16, 2017 in ALBUMS, MUSIC
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On April 28th, Heartland rocker John Mellencamp will release 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. Sad Clowns & Hillbillies returns Mellencamp to the musical eclecticism that is, itself, a reflection of his wide-ranging musings on life. John Mellencamp is an authentic voice of American music and master storyteller with a commitment to creating traditional rock & roll, bittersweet songs of happiness and melancholia, and fervent political dissent. His passions and experiences resonate beautifully in this showcase of his music.  Sad Clowns & Hillbillies showcases a poet who has wisely used the years between youth and the present day to become an absolute master of songwriting and interpretation. That passion and experience resonates most beautifully in this showcase of his music.”

Mellencamp s new single is “Grandview” featuring Country music star Martina McBride. He released the track, “Easy Target” in January as a continuation of Mellencamp s journey to convey the truth through this passionate and plain-spoken song. The video’s release occurred on the eve of the inauguration. The song focuses on the Black Lives Matter movement as well as gun violence in America. The black-and-white video showcases Mellencamp’s slick delivery with McBride’s powerhouse vocals — both dripping in heartland coolness. “Just an old country boy, wearing my Osh-Kosh boots / Walked by the trailer factory, every day on my way to school / Early on in life the only thing I wanted to do / Was to buy me a trailer and move it down to Grandview,” Mellencamp sings in the opening verse.

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, Opening up on most days will be country legend Emmylou Harris although Jewel will fill in for her during the two shows in Oregon, and Lily & Madeleine, a folk-pop sister duo from Indianapolis.

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.

 

Sad Clowns & Hillbillies is self produced by John Mellencamp.

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