John Mellencamp announces ‘Sad Clowns & Hillbillies’

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. The album returns Mellencamp to the musical eclecticism that is, itself, a reflection of his wide-ranging musings on life. 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 is produced by John Mellencamp.

Mellencamp’s new single, “Grandview” features 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. Fans who pre-order Sad Clowns & Hillbillies will get an instant download of “Grandview” and “Easy Target.”

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, Emmylou Harris, tour-mate Carlene Carter and Lily & Madeleine. Every online ticket purchased comes with one physical CD of Sad Clowns & Hillbillies.

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.

CD | LP

1. Mobile Blue
2. Battle Of Angels
3. Grandview featuring Martina McBride
4. Indigo Sunset
5. What Kind Of Man Am I
6. All Night Talk Radio
7. Sugar Hill Mountain
8. You Are Blind
9. Damascus Road
10. Early Bird Cafe
11. Sad Clowns
12. My Soul’s Got Wings
13. Easy Target

Tour Dates:

6/5 Greenwood Village, CO @ Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre
6/7 Boise, ID @ Outlaw Field at the Idaho Botanical Garden
6/8 Redmond, WA @ Marymoor Park
6/10 Troutdale, OR @ McMenamins Edgefield #
6/11 Bend, OR @ Les Schwab Amphitheater #
6/13 Saratoga, CA @ The Mountain Winery
6/14 Saratoga, CA @ The Mountain Winery
6/17 Murphys, CA @ Ironstone Amphitheatre
6/18 Los Angeles, CA @ Greek Theatre
6/21 Grand Prairie, TX @ Verizon Theatre
6/22 Sugar Land, TX @ Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land
6/24 Saint Augustine, FL @ Saint Augustine Amphitheatre
6/25 Boca Raton, FL @ Mizner Park Amphitheatre
6/27 Atlanta, GA @ Chastain Park Amphitheatre
6/28 Cary, NC @ Cary’s Koka Booth Amphitheatre
6/30 Gilford, NH @ Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion
7/1 Lenox, MA @ Tanglewood
7/3 Vienna, VA @ Wolf Trap
7/6 Philadelphia, PA @ The Mann Music Center
7/7 Bethel, NY @ Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
7/8 Canandaigua, NY @ CMAC
7/11 New York, NY @ Forest Hills Stadium
8/4 West Allis, WI @ Wisconsin State Fair *
8/5 Davenport, IA @ Mississippi Valley Fair *
8/29 St Paul, MN @ Minnesota State Fair *
8/31 Allentown, PA @ The Great Allentown Fair *
9/1 Essex Junction, VT @ Champlain Valley Fair *

# Jewel is Special Guest for this show, Emmylou Harris will not be performing
* Emmylou Harris and Lily and Madeleine will not be appearing

Author: Buddy Iahn

Buddy Iahn founded The Music Universe when he decided to juxtapose his love of web design and music. As a lifelong drummer, he decided to take a hiatus from playing music to report it. The website began as a fun project in 2013 to one of the top independent news sites.

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