Sad Clowns & Hillbillies John Mellencamp

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Label: Republic

Genre: Rock

Subgenre: Singer

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  • 1Mobile Blue03:03
  • 2Battle Of Angels03:58
  • 3Grandview03:52
  • 4Indigo Sunset03:32
  • 5What Kind Of Man Am I04:10
  • 6All Night Talk Radio05:09
  • 7Sugar Hill Mountain03:08
  • 8You Are Blind03:21
  • 9Damascus Road04:16
  • 10Early Bird Cafe04:07
  • 11Sad Clowns02:42
  • 12My Soul's Got Wings02:58
  • 13Easy Target02:43
  • Total Runtime46:59

Info for Sad Clowns & Hillbillies

Am 28.04.2017 erscheint das 23. Album von John Mellencamp: “Sad Clowns & Hillbillies” feat. Carlene Carter, Tochter der June Carter Cash und Stieftochter des Johnny Cash.

Mit diesem Werk stellt Mellencamp erneut seine musikalische Vielseitigkeit unter Beweis und verleiht seinen vielschichtigen Betrachtungen über das Leben ein Sound-Gewand. John Mellencamp gilt als typischer und authentischer Repräsentant der amerikanischen Musik und Meister des Storytellings, der sich dem traditionellen Rock & Roll verschrieben hat. Er vermag es, bittersüße Songs, in denen sowohl das Glück, als auch die Melancholie eine Rolle spielen, zu schaffen. Des Weiteren ist er eine Stimme des politischen Protests. Seine Anliegen und seine Lebenserfahrung scheinen auf wunderbare Art in seinem musikalischen Werk durch. - “Sad Clowns & Hillbillies” wurde von John Mellencamp selbst produziert.

Mellencamps neue Single “Grandview” ist eine Kollaboration mit dem Country-Star Martina McBride. Er veröffentlichte den Titel “Easy Target” vorab bereits im Januar. Dieser Song ist als politisches Statement gemeint und setzt Mellencamps künstlerischen Auftrag fort, sich durch Musik auch gesellschaftlich zu äußern. Das Video zu diesem leidenschaftlichen und direkten Titel wurde am Abend von Donald Trumps Amtseinführung veröffentlicht und thematisiert sowohl die „Black-Lives-Matter“-Bewegung (mehr darüber: als auch die Waffengewalt in den USA.

“Sad Clowns & Hillbillies“ ist das Nachfolgealbum des 2017 erschienenen und von der Kritik hochgelobten Albums “Plain Spoken“, das Mellencamps viertes US-Top-20-Album in Folge seit seinem 2007 veröffentlichten Werk “Freedom Road“ darstellte.

John Mellencamp, vocals, guitars
Andy York, acoustic guitar, electric guitar
Mike Wanchic, acoustic guitar, electric guitar
John Gunnell, bass
Dane Clark, drums
Miriam Sturm, violin
Troye Kinnett, keyboards
Lily & Madeleine, background vocals

Recorded 2015–2016 at Belmont Mall Studio in Belmont, Indiana

John Mellencamp
Born October 7, 1951 in Seymour, Indiana, John Mellencamp fell in love with music at an early age and was gigging in local bars and fronting a soul band by the time he was 14. His professional music career began in earnest in 1976 when MCA Records released his first album, The Chestnut Street Incident. His manager dubbed him Johnny Cougar out of his belief that nobody would buy a record by anybody named Mellencamp. John protested but was overruled and eventually, of course, reclaimed his birth name as his public name.

After releasing a few albums, he broke out in 1979 with his first hit, "I Need A Lover" In 1982 his fifth album American Fool was the year's best-selling album on the strength of two huge hits, "Hurts So Good," and the number 1 single "Jack & Diane,"

The albums that followed in the 80's, Uh-Huh, Scarecrow, Lonesome Jubilee, and Big Daddy, were released under the name John Cougar Mellencamp. Hit singles during this period included "Crumblin Down," "The Authority Song," "Small Town," "Rain On The Scarecrow," "Lonely Ol Night," ""R.O.C.K. In The U.S.A.," "Paper In Fire," "Check It Out," "Cherry Bomb," "Pop Singer," and "Jackie Brown."

Mellencamp took the music on the road with a band that many considered the best in the business, playing approximately 1,000 shows around the globe during the decade. In 1985, John's concern for the plight of the American farmer, which had been voiced in the Scarecrow album, brought him together with Willie Nelson and Neil Young in launching Farm Aid. It became an annual event and has helped make people aware of the issues farmers face and how they affect on the entire nation.

By the early 1990's "Cougar" was finally gone from John's name and a string of successful albums as John Mellencamp--Whenever We Wanted, Human Wheels and Dance Naked (including the number 2 single "Wild Night")--were released. In 1991 John made his film debut, starring in and directing Falling From Grace, a modest box office success that was well received by critics.

John suffered a mild heart attack while touring in 1994 in support of Dance Naked. This forced him to take a break from his music career, but he returned strong in 1996 and released Mr. Happy Go Lucky, which featured the hit "Key West Intermezzo" (I Saw You First). Healthier and happier, he returned to touring in 1997 and continued to write and record frequently. Releases included 1998's John Mellencamp, 1999's Rough Harvest, 2001's Cuttin Heads, and 2003's Trouble No More . Hit singles during that time ranged from "Your Life Is Now" to "I'm Not Running Anymore" to "Peaceful World." John continued to tour throughout 1999, 2001, 2002, 2005 and 2006.

He received the 2001 Billboard Century award in recognition of all that he had accomplished over the course of his career and was honored with the Woody Guthrie Award in 2004. Previously, he was awarded a Grammy and had been nominated a total of 11 times. In 2007 the ASCAP Foundation honored John Mellencamp with its Champion Award in recognition of his outstanding use of music in service to humanity. Other recipients of this prestigious award have included Tony Bennett, Billy Joel and Arlo Guthrie. He was honored by The Americana Music Association with it's Lifetime Achievement Award for Songwriting three years later with the award presented in Nashville by Rosanne Cash. He was recognized with the John Steinbeck Award by San Jose State University's Steinbeck Center. The award, subtitled "In The Souls of the People," is given to individuals who have contributed to society in the spirit of the author John Steinbeck. Other recipients have included Arthur Miller, Sean Penn, Michael Moore, Bruce Springsteen, Ken Burns, Joan Baez, Sean Penn and Studs Terkel. John was presented with the award at a program of song and conversation at San Jose's historic California Theatre in July of 2012. Visit:

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