JOHN MELLENCAMP – ” Strictly a One-Eyed Jack “

Posted: December 13, 2021 in MUSIC

John Mellencamp has announced a new album, “Strictly a One-Eyed Jack”, which will hit shelves on January. 2022. The heartland rocker previewed the LP with a new single titled “Chasing Rainbows,” released last week. Mellencamp has kept busy in recent months, releasing a collaborative song with Bruce Springsteen titled “Wasted Days” in September. It’s one of three songs on Mellencamp’s new LP to feature the Boss, along with “Did You Say Such a Thing” and “A Life Full of Rain.”

“I would consider Bruce now, one of my better friends in the music business. Bruce and I talk quite a bit,” Mellencamp told SiriusXM’s E Street Radio. “I think he and I relate to each other because we’ve had similar experiences of growing up in a small town. Starting out, big band leaders. … He’s like my big brother now.”

Mellencamp debuted another “One-Eyed Jack” song, “I Always Lie to Strangers,” at Farm Aid in September. The performance presaged an anticipated return to the road in 2022, where Mellencamp wishes to play theatres as opposed to arenas and amphitheaters.

“I don’t like playing outside and I don’t like playing in arenas,” he told the Indianapolis Monthly. “That means it’s more work and I make less money, but I’d rather have people see something that could turn into magic rather than something that’s a drunken brawl. In arenas, there’s always people drinking and fighting and all that bullshit.”

This summer, Mellencamp also released The Good Samaritan Tour 2000 live album and documentary, chronicling the trek that saw him playing free shows in public parks and common spaces across the U.S.

“Strictly a One-Eyed Jack” due for release January 21st, 2022

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