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Title: Mellencamp Newsletter: Sad Clowns & Hillbillies Out TODAY!
Post by: sharonc on April 28, 2017, 11:13:18 am
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It's always a great time to be a Mellencamp fan but even more exciting now with a super busy time for John! Check out the highlights below, but be sure to visit for all of the details!

John's 23rd album Sad Clowns & Hillbillies comes out today! John is joined by his "singing buddy" Carlene Carter as his featured guest on the album. The first singles "Easy Target" and "Grandview" have received rave receptions and glowing album reviews are showing up daily!
•   Listen to SC&H on's First Listen Stream
•   Buy SC&H today online!
•   Learn about special editions of SC&H that are available, autographed editions, bonus track editions, special vinyl editions are all available
•   Read the press release announcing the album and the Wikipedia page for more details
•   If you purchased tickets to a June or July show on John's Sad Clowns & Hillbillies Tour each ticket purchased includes a CD - LEARN MORE & REDEEM TODAY
•   Watch John's interview on Late Night with Seth Meyers along with his performance of "Grandview (featuring Martina McBride)" and "Jack & Diane (acoustic)"
•   We want fans to report their CD retail buying experiences this weekend. In return, you can win an autographed Mellencamp guitar or one of many other prizes! LEARN MORE


John celebrates the release of his new album Sad Clowns & Hillbillies featuring Carlene Carter with a live in-studio visit with Mojo Nixon today at 5 PM ET on SiriusXM Outlaw Country, Channel 60 and streaming OnDemand on the SiriusXM App & Internet Radio.  If you don't have an account, you can listen to the interview HERE when you sign up for a free trial.

Catch John on Friday, April 28th, at 6 PM ET on SiriusXM's Volume (Channel 106). He will be on Debatable where the news of the day is discussed, disputed, dissected and even destroyed by hosts Mark Goodman and Alan Light every afternoon.

John will be interviewed on NPR's World Cafe this Monday, May 1st at 2 PM ET. World Cafe can be heard on over 200 stations nationwide. Listeners can tune into their local affiliate station at the scheduled World Cafe broadcast time, check local listings. To listen live online, check out the WXPN Philadelphia stream at 2 PM ET at by choosing WXPN from the ‘Listen Live’ drop-down at the top of the page.

John will be performing on NBC's The Today Show on Wednesday morning May 3rd! Stay tuned for additional details next week.

Page 18 of the May 4th issue of Rolling Stone Magazine includes a full page question and answer session between writer Brian Hiatt and John. The article speaks of how John invented modern country music and why he'll never stop smoking, among other intriguing questions. Look for the magazine on store shelves now!

On Tuesday, May 2nd at 10 AM CT the pre-sale will begin for John's two shows at the Ravinia Festival. LEARN MORE
Ticket sales begin May 1st at 7 AM ET for Davenport, IA's Mississippi Valley Fair LEARN MORE.

We are offering Front Row VIP Ticket Packages and Diamond VIP Packages for most shows on the Summer 2017 Sad Clowns & Hillbillies Tour. Limit of six (6) per order. To find out if your show has VIP packages offered, click the blue info icon on the TOUR page. There are only a handful of front row tickets left for the whole tour and very limited quantities of Diamond VIP packages left, so act quickly!

June 05 - Greenwood Village, CO - Fiddler's Green Amphitheatre
June 07 - Boise, ID - Outlaw Field at the Idaho Botanical Garden
June 08 - Redmond, WA - Marymoor Park
June 10 - Troutdale, OR - McMenamins Edgefield #
June 11 - Bend, OR - Les Schwab Amphitheater #
June 13 - Saratoga, CA - The Mountain Winery
June 14 - Saratoga, CA - The Mountain Winery
June 17 - Murphys, CA - Ironstone Amphitheatre
June 18 - Los Angeles, CA - Greek Theatre
June 21 - Grand Prairie, TX - Verizon Theatre
June 22 - Sugar Land, TX - Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land
June 24 - Saint Augustine, FL - Saint Augustine Amphitheatre
June 25 - Boca Raton, FL - Mizner Park Amphitheatre
June 27 - Atlanta, GA - Chastain Park Amphitheatre
June 28 - Cary, NC - Cary’s Koka Booth Amphitheatre
June 30 - Gilford, NH - Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion
July 01 - Lenox, MA - Tanglewood
July 03 - Vienna, VA - Wolf Trap
July 06 - Philadelphia, PA - The Mann Music Center
July 07 - Bethel, NY - Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
July 08 - Canandaigua, NY - CMAC
July 11 - New York, NY - Forest Hills Stadium
August 04 - West Allis, WI - Wisconsin State Fair *
August 05 - Davenport, IA - Mississippi Valley Fair *
August 13 - Uncasville, CT - Mohegan Sun Arena *
August 14 - Boston, MA - Blue Hills Bank Pavilion *
August 19 - Des Moines, IA - Iowa State Fair *
August 20 - Springfield, IL - Illinois State Fair *
August 26 - Highland Park, IL - Ravinia Festival *
August 27 - Highland Park, IL - Ravinia Festival *
August 29 - St Paul, MN - Minnesota State Fair *
August 31 - Allentown, PA - The Great Allentown Fair *
September 01 - Essex Junction, VT - Champlain Valley Fair *
September 03 - Canfield, OH - Canfield Fair*
# Jewel is Special Guest for this show, Emmylou Harris will not be appearing
* Emmylou Harris and Lily and Madeleine will not be appearing


Thank you for your continued support!!
TonyB & SharonC - The Web Team -



Title: Re: Mellencamp Newsletter: Sad Clowns & Hillbillies Out TODAY!
Post by: Smalltownboy on April 29, 2017, 12:42:58 am
I bought the CD today at Red Cat Records in Vancouver, Canada.  Love it!


Title: Re: Mellencamp Newsletter: Sad Clowns & Hillbillies Out TODAY!
Post by: turmbird on April 29, 2017, 02:47:25 am
It sounds great! again an excellent album, John´s creativity cannot be stopped. when listeining to the opening track "Mobile Blue", I felt like back in 1987 when "The Lonesome Jubilee" came out.
The band sounds fantastic, Carlene Carter´s contribution is worthy.
I don´t care when a song has been written or recorded. there has been speculation on when "Grandview" was recorded. I think it´s good if a song like this now is published.
maybe we can get some more details about this record and its songs here.
and I hope i can get a vinyl copy soon.

Thanks a lot for this music to all involved!

Title: Re: Mellencamp Newsletter: Sad Clowns & Hillbillies Out TODAY!
Post by: WildNight on April 29, 2017, 10:22:44 am
Hi Turmbird, I'm seeing the question pop up quite a bit regarding the Grandview recording. I don't believe the moderators have answered this. The following is from the Indystar...

Something old: “Grandview,” the current single from the album that arrives in stores today, is a sonic time traveler Mellencamp co-wrote with his cousin, Bobby Clark, in the 1990s. An early stab at recording the song featured Indiana native and former Guns N' Roses guitarist Izzy Stradlin and drummer Stan Lynch, formerly of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. Mellencamp said the "Sad Clowns" version of "Grandview" includes some vocals he recorded in the '90s and some recorded this century. Stradlin's gritty, insistent riffs and Lynch's beats were salvaged for the final version, and country vocalist Martina McBride came on board to portray Mellencamp's foil in the song's home stretch. "It took a long time to build this song," Mellencamp said.

Title: Re: Mellencamp Newsletter: Sad Clowns & Hillbillies Out TODAY!
Post by: turmbird on April 29, 2017, 04:40:13 pm
Interesting, thanks for this info!
"All Night Talk Radio" also sounds like 90s, I am not sure. "Mobile Blue" being a cover of an old country-song from 1971, this album seems to be a collection of various interesting projects.
currently i only listen to the downloads, until the vinyl version is available here in europe. no lyrics, no info on nothing.
my favourite songs after the first listening rounds: Mobile Blue, Battle of Angels, What Kind of Man Am I.

Title: Re: Mellencamp Newsletter: Sad Clowns & Hillbillies Out TODAY!
Post by: Maradona10 on May 01, 2017, 09:23:24 am
Great album. I listened after work on Friday on Spotify then grabbed the CD here at HMV in Glasgow, Scotland on Saturday afternoon.

Glad to say, I've played absolutely nothing else since.

Title: Re: Mellencamp Newsletter: Sad Clowns & Hillbillies Out TODAY!
Post by: stinco on May 02, 2017, 12:27:38 am
This album is Quality music with some great instrumentals. Grandview is excellent, but other songs grow on me as well. All Night Talk Radio is classic, both instrumentally and lyrically. And Carlene Carter's voice is the perfect harmony. Great job.
Thanks for working hard everyday, Mr. Mellencamp. Very much appreciated.

Title: Re: Mellencamp Newsletter: Sad Clowns & Hillbillies Out TODAY!
Post by: Jgmanns81 on May 02, 2017, 03:24:21 am
Loving the new album never a disappoint to get new john mellencamp music

Title: Re: Mellencamp Newsletter: Sad Clowns & Hillbillies Out TODAY!
Post by: blueridgekat on May 05, 2017, 09:33:32 am
Mine's on the way from the JM shop. Cant wait.
Love Miriam and Carlene.  You go girls !!!
Had to drive all the way to Roanoke VA last year.  Come to Knoxville TN soon John !!