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 on: Today at 12:42:58 am 
Started by sharonc - Last post by Smalltownboy
I bought the CD today at Red Cat Records in Vancouver, Canada.  Love it!



Mike

 22 
 on: April 28, 2017, 11:13:18 am 
Started by sharonc - Last post by sharonc
Go to this link to read on line and get working links  https://t.e2ma.net/message/u6duo/il5vvd

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 Mellencamp.com for all of the details!

SAD CLOWNS & HILLBILLIES IN STORES TODAY
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 NPR.org'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

 

TODAY: SAD CLOWNS & HILLBILLIES ALBUM PREMIERE ON SIRIUSXM OUTLAW COUNTRY CHANNEL 60!
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.

TODAY: JOHN TO GUEST ON SIRIUSXM'S SHOW DEBATABLE
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.

MONDAY: JOHN APPEARING ON NPR'S WORLD CAFE
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 XPN.org by choosing WXPN from the ‘Listen Live’ drop-down at the top of the page.

WEDNESDAY: MELLENCAMP ON NBC'S THE TODAY SHOW
John will be performing on NBC's The Today Show on Wednesday morning May 3rd! Stay tuned for additional details next week.

READ JOHN'S ROLLING STONE Q&A
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!



 
SAD CLOWNS & HILLBILLIES TOUR UPDATES
On Tuesday, May 2nd at 10 AM CT the Mellencamp.com 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.

REMEMBER TO GRAB YOUR VIP TICKET BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE!
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 Mellencamp.com 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!

JOHN MELLENCAMP SAD CLOWNS & HILLBILLIES 2017 SUMMER TOUR DATES
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 Mellencamp.com Web Team - help@mellencamp.com



                    




 






 23 
 on: April 28, 2017, 07:25:19 am 
Started by TonyBClubManager - Last post by TonyBClubManager
TODAY: SAD CLOWNS & HILLBILLIES ALBUM PREMIERE ON SIRIUSXM OUTLAW COUNTRY CHANNEL 60! 
Friday evening at 5pm ET, John will appear at the SiriusXM Studios premiering his new release Sad Clowns & Hillbillies on Outlaw Country Channel 60.  If you don't have an account, you can listen to the interview HERE when you sign up for a free trial. 

TODAY: JOHN TO GUEST ON SIRIUSXM'S SHOW DEBATABLE
Catch John on Friday, April 28th, at 6 PM ET onSiriusXM's Volume (Channel 106). He will be on Debatable where the news of the day is discussed, disputed, dissected and sometimes destroyed by hosts Mark Goodman and Alan Light every afternoon.

 24 
 on: April 27, 2017, 08:57:22 pm 
Started by racketeer - Last post by racketeer
I am not too good with C.D.s I scratch within a few plays.
However, I caught the You Tube studio mix and I absolutely flipped out!
It's so very good and descriptive, fun to hear... and the emergence of Martina McBride makes it
as a really cool duet effort. For awhile I was again satisfied with "sugar town", as John Mellencamp's voice renewed my struggles to live independently even in the lower sector.
I relate, of course!
Later, Racketeer

 25 
 on: April 27, 2017, 01:02:44 pm 
Started by TonyBClubManager - Last post by TonyBClubManager
SAD CLOWNS & HILLBILLIES STREET TEAM RETAIL CHECKS PARTICIPANTS WANTED

Sad Clowns & Hillbillies comes out THIS FRIDAY April 28th!  We need fans to help out with a JM Street Team project by checking local retailers, focusing on your local Walmart, Barnes and Nobles, Target and Best Buy stores. We need you to confirm that Sad Clowns & Hillbillies is available for purchase between Friday April 28th through May 12th 

Fans will submit their observations via an online form. Fans who submit 5 or more checks will receive a PERSONALIZED & AUTOGRAPHED SAD CLOWNS & HILLBILLIES CD COVER from John, along with being entered into a random drawing for some cool prizes! Anyone who submits even just one store check will be eligible for the random prizes, so be sure to check your local store this weekend!

Three fans will win an autographed John Mellencamp 1978 - 2012 box set
 Two fans will win A Sad Clowns & Hillbillies Merch bundle
 1 fan will win the grand prize of an AUTOGRAPHED GUITAR!

If you are interested in helping out please email help@mellencamp.com with the words "RETAIL CHECKS" in the subject of your email. Be sure to tell us what city and state's stores you will be checking. We will reply with more info!

Each participant will be required to email a photo of their store selling the album along with the address of each store checked.

The place to learn more and turn your checks in is here: https://goo.gl/forms/iLffTHmv0RAaazEz1

 26 
 on: April 27, 2017, 08:25:54 am 
Started by sharonc - Last post by sharonc
John stopped by the Late Night With Seth Meyers show last night in support of his new release Sad Clowns & Hillbillies coming out this Friday, April 28th. John performed an acoustic "Jack & Diane" and Martina McBride joined him on stage for their hit "Grandview"

 

 27 
 on: April 26, 2017, 10:42:23 pm 
Started by walktall2010 - Last post by walktall2010
John Mellencamp: Sad Clowns & Hillbillies Review
By Ben Salmon  |  April 26, 2017


Heartland rocker. Hoosier hit-maker. Political populist. One-time “next Springsteen.” Farm Aid founder. Rock and Roll Hall of Famer. After 40 years and 23 albums, John Mellencamp’s place in the pantheon of late 20th century pop music is well established.

But for the past decade or so, The Artist Formerly Known As The Coug has downshifted significantly, digging into raw American folk, blues and roots music. He started in earnest with 2010’s No Better than This, recorded with old-fashioned technology in historic spaces, and continued through 2014’s aptly named Plain Spoken.

Mellencamp’s new album, Sad Clowns & Hillbillies, isn’t quite as slowly paced and sparsely produced as its predecessors, but it does further the man’s late-career move toward a space that’s about as far from pop stardom as you can get. This time, veteran country artist and longtime Mellencamp touring partner Carlene Carter is a prominent contributor, writing some songs, co-writing others and singing on several.

Early on, Sad Clowns sounds like Mellencamp’s version of The Mountain, Steve Earle’s excellent 1999 bluegrass one-off recorded with the Del McCoury Band. Opening track “Mobile Blue” isn’t exactly a traditional string-band jam, but it does prominently feature the whine of a fiddle and mandolin as Mellencamp tells a typical blue-collar tale. Next up, “Battle of Angels,” does the same while following a more familiar bluegrass groove. It’s one of Sad Clowns’ strongest moments.

But 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 like something out of the man’s fertile mid-’80s period, which produced weighty hits like “Rain on the Scarecrow” and “Paper in Fire.” Mellencamp didn’t write “Grandview” all by himself (he shares the credit with his cousin, Bobby Clark), but he does inject it with a satisfying shot of gritty sincerity (and trailer lust) that ought to tickle any old Mellencamp fan’s hippocampus.

Sad Clowns & Hillbillies is a solid effort with as many peaks and valleys as southern Indiana. “Indigo Sunset” is a soulfully beautiful duet with Carter, highlighted by some sweet vintage organ burble. “My Soul’s Got Wings” is a guitar-driven gospel tune with a glorious singalong chorus. The Carter-led “Sugar Hill Mountain” benefits from its woozy Dixieland vibe. And the topical closer “Easy Target,” with its late-night Tom Waits feel and Black Lives Matter lyric, finds Mellencamp decrying “the war on easy targets” and “our country’s broken heart.”

That list that kicked off this review? Add to it: Perpetually underrated songwriter. Sad Clowns is proof Mellencamp still knows how to do it.

https://www.pastemagazine.com/articles/2017/04/john-mellencamp-sad-clowns-hillbillies-review.html

 28 
 on: April 25, 2017, 05:50:48 pm 
Started by sharonc - Last post by sharonc
JOHN PERFORMING AT THE iHEART RADIO THEATER TRIBECA THIS THURSDAY - BROADCAST ON RADIO STATIONS NATIONWIDE!
John Mellencamp is releasing his brand new album this Friday and he is kicking off the celebration with NYC's Q104.3, this Thursday night, right downstairs from their studio.  John will talk with Jim Kerr and perform a set that includes new songs from  Sad Clowns & Hillbillies at the iHeartRadio Theater in TriBeCa!


The special will air online and on radio live at 7 PM EDT on iHeartRadio.com. The show will be broadcast on radio stations live across the country, along with with iHeartMedia’s Classic Rock, Classic Hits, Oldies and Variety Hits Radio Stations on the iHeartRadio app, iHeartMedia’s all-in-one digital music and live streaming radio service.  Find your local radio station(s) broadcasting the show HERE. https://www.iheart.com/live/country/US/city/new-york-ny-159/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_content=HERE&utm_campaign=SadClownsiheart
 


JOHN ON LATE NIGHT WITH SETH MEYERS WEDNESDAY
John will be the musical guest on NBC TV's  Late Night With Seth Meyers this Wednesday, April 26th two days before the release of his 23rd full length record Sad Clowns & Hillbillies.  Check your local listings for air times.



SAD CLOWNS & HILLBILLIES ALBUM PREMIERE ON SIRIUS XM OUTLAW COUNTRY CHANNEL 60 FRIDAY!
Friday evening at 5pm EDT, John will appear at the SiriusXM Studios premiering his new release Sad Clowns & Hillbillies on Outlaw Country.  If you don't have a SiriusXM account, you can listen to the interview when you sign up for a free trial. https://player.siriusxm.com/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_content=HERE&utm_campaign=SadClownsiheart#/login


NPR MUSIC FIRST LISTEN: JOHN MELLENCAMP SAD CLOWNS & HILLBILLIES
 Check out John's incredible new release Sad Clowns & Hillbillies in its entirety on NPR First Listen streaming this week, plus read Jim Allen's complete review of the forthcoming album released this Friday, April 28th on Republic Records on Mellencamp.com.
 

SAD CLOWNS & HILLBILLIES STREET TEAM RETAIL CHECKS PARTICIPANTS WANTED
Sad Clowns & Hillbillies comes out THIS FRIDAY April 28th!  We need fans to help out with a JM Street Team project by checking local retailers, focusing on your local Walmart, Barnes and Nobles, Target and Best Buy stores. We need you to confirm that Sad Clowns & Hillbillies is available for purchase between Friday April 28th and Monday, May 1st.

Fans will submit their observations via an online form. Fans who submit 5 or more checks will receive a PERSONALIZED & AUTOGRAPHED SAD CLOWNS & HILLBILLIES CD COVER from John, along with being entered into a random drawing for some cool prizes! Anyone who submits even just one store check will be elegible for the random prizes, so be sure to check your local store this weekend!

Three fans will win an autographed John Mellencamp 1978 - 2012 box set
 Two fans will win A Sad Clowns & Hillbillies Merch bundle
 1 fan will win the grand prize of an AUTOGRAPHED GUITAR!

If you are interested in helping out please email help@mellencamp.com with the words "RETAIL CHECKS" in the subject of your email. Be sure to tell us what city and state's stores you will be checking. We will reply with more info!

Each participant will be required to email a photo of their store selling the album along with the address of each store checked.
 


Thank you for your continued support!!

TonyB & SharonC - The Mellencamp.com Web Team - help@mellencamp.com
 
 

 

 29 
 on: April 25, 2017, 05:46:59 pm 
Started by sharonc - Last post by sharonc
Sad Clowns & Hillbillies comes out THIS FRIDAY April 28th!  We need fans to help out with a JM Street Team project by checking local retailers, focusing on your local Walmart, Barnes and Nobles, Target and Best Buy stores. We need you to confirm that Sad Clowns & Hillbillies is available for purchase between Friday April 28th and Monday, May 1st.

Fans will submit their observations via an online form. Fans who submit 5 or more checks will receive a PERSONALIZED & AUTOGRAPHED SAD CLOWNS & HILLBILLIES CD COVER from John, along with being entered into a random drawing for some cool prizes! Anyone who submits even just one store check will be elegible for the random prizes, so be sure to check your local store this weekend!

Three fans will win an autographed John Mellencamp 1978 - 2012 box set
 Two fans will win A Sad Clowns & Hillbillies Merch bundle
 1 fan will win the grand prize of an AUTOGRAPHED GUITAR!

If you are interested in helping out please email help@mellencamp.com with the words "RETAIL CHECKS" in the subject of your email. Be sure to tell us what city and state's stores you will be checking. We will reply with more info!

Each participant will be required to email a photo of their store selling the album along with the address of each store checked.

 30 
 on: April 25, 2017, 04:51:44 pm 
Started by hoss13820 - Last post by hoss13820
I saw in the NPR review that Izzy Stadlin and Stan Lynch play on Grandview.  I know they both played on Miss Missy on the 98 self titled record. With that said I must ask if this is an older recording, dug up for this record? John does sound 20 years younger on the vocal, and does not sound like the grizzled style on Easy Target. 

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