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InMellencamp released Scarecrowwhich peaked at No. A Salute to '60s Rock " No. According to the February edition of Creem MagazineMellencamp wanted to incorporate the sound of classic '60s rock into Scarecrowand he gave his band close to a hundred old singles to learn "almost mathematically verbatim" prior to recording the album. Take an old Rascals song for example — there's everything from marching band beats to soul music to country sounds in one song.
Learning those opened the band's vision to try new things on my songs. It wasn't let's go back and try to make this part fit into my song, but I wanted to capture the same feeling — the way those songs used to make you feel. After a while, we didn't even have to talk about it anymore. If you listen to the lead Larry [Crane] plays on 'Face of the Nation,' he never would have played that 'cause he didn't really know who the Animals were.
He's young, and he grew up listening to Grand Funk Railroad. You hear it, and it's like 'where did that come from? Scarecrow was the first album Mellencamp recorded at his own recording studio, jokingly dubbed "Belmont Mall", located in Belmont, Indiana and built in Mellencamp sees Scarecrow as the start of the alternative country genre: "I think I invented that whole 'No Depression' thing with the Scarecrow album, though I don't get the credit," he told Classic Rock magazine in October Part of the No Depression mythology requires either a tragic early death or decades of unacknowledged masterpieces created during a life of grueling poverty.
Prior to the —86 Scarecrow Tour, during which he covered some of the same s rock and soul songs he and his band rehearsed prior to the recording of ScarecrowMellencamp added fiddle player Lisa Germano to his band. Germano would remain in Mellencamp's band untilwhen she left to pursue a solo career. We had a very distinct vision of what should be happening here.
At one point, The Lonesome Jubilee was supposed to be a double album, but at least 10 of the songs I'd written just didn't stick together with the idea and the sound we had in mind. So I just put those songs on a shelf, and cut it back down to a single record.
Now, in the past, it was always 'Let's make it up as we go along' — and we did make some of The Lonesome Jubilee up as we went along. But we had a very clear idea of what we wanted it to sound like, even before it was written, right through to the day it was mastered. As Frank DiGiacomo of Vanity Fair wrote in" The Lonesome Jubilee was the album in which Mellencamp defined his now signature sound: a rousing, crystalline mix of acoustic and electric guitars, Appalachian fiddle, and gospel-style backing vocals, anchored by a crisp, bare-knuckle drumbeat and completed by his own velveteen rasp.
During the —88 Lonesome Jubilee Tour, Mellencamp was joined onstage by surprise guest Bruce Springsteen at the end of his May 26, gig in Irvine, Breeza* & Jp Dj - You No, for a duet of Bob Dylan 's " Like a Rolling Stone ," which Mellencamp performed as the penultimate song during each show on that tour. InMellencamp said: "'Big Daddy' was the best record I ever made. Out of my agony came a couple of really beautiful songs.
You can't be 22 years old and had two dates and understand that album. Mellencamp was heavily involved in painting at this time in his life and decided not to tour behind Big Daddystating: "What's the point?
This other step that people keep wanting me to take to become another level of recording artist — to be Madonna? To sell out? To bend over? To kiss somebody's ass? I ain't gonna do it. Mellencamp's album, Whenever We Wantedwas the first with a cover billed to John Mellencamp; the "Cougar" was finally dropped for good. Inhe released Human Wheelsand the title track peaked at No.
We explored what a lot of these current bands are doing — these young black bands that are doing more than just sampling. The album also contained two protest songs in "L. Others have just one guitar, bass, and drums, which I haven't done since American Fool. With guitarist Andy York now on board as Larry Crane's full-time replacement, Mellencamp launched his Dance Naked Tour in the summer of Κάνε Κότσο Τα Μαλλιά Σου - Μαριάννα Χατζοπούλου - 12 Μεγάλες Επιτυχίες, but suffered a minor heart attack after a show at Jones Beach in New York on August 8 of that year that eventually forced him to cancel the last few weeks of the tour.
It was just a terrible lifestyle. He returned to the concert stage in early by playing a series of dates in small Midwestern clubs under the pseudonym Pearl Doggy. In Septemberthe experimental album Mr. Happy Go Luckywhich was produced by Junior Vasquezwas released to critical acclaim. The arrangements are more ambitious, with programs and loops going right along with real drums and guitars.
Happy Go Lucky spawned the No. After the release of Mr. Happy Go Lucky and a subsequent four-month Family Tree - Aura (22) - Next Exit from March—July to promote it, Mellencamp signed a four-album deal with Columbia Recordsalthough he wound up making only three albums for the label. Donovan made a record inSunshine Supermanand I wanted to start with that same kind of vibe—Eastern, very grand stories, fairy tales.
InMellencamp covered his own songs as well as those by Bob Dylan and the Drifters for his album Rough Harvest recorded inone of two albums he owed Mercury Records to fulfill his contract the other was The Best That I Could Doa best-of collection. In Mayhe gave the Indiana University commencement address, in which he advised graduates to Fliptrix - Polyhymnia it like you feel it!
In AugustMellencamp played a series of unannounced free concerts in major cities on the East Coast and in the Midwest as a way of giving back to fans who had supported him the previous 24 years. With a lo-fi setup that included portable amps and a battery-powered P.
To anybody who's said thank you to me, I say, 'You're very nice, but, really, thank you. The early 21st century also found Mellencamp teaming up with artists such as Chuck D and India.
Mellencamp embarked on the Cuttin' Heads Tour in the summer ofbefore the album was even released. He opened each show on this tour with a cover of the Rolling Stones ' " Gimme Shelter " and also played a solo acoustic version of the Cuttin' Heads track "Women Seem" at each show. The album was also dedicated to Mellencamp's friend, Billboard magazine editor-in-chief Timothy Whitewho died from a heart attack in Columbia Records executives, who were in attendance at the benefit shows, were so impressed with Mellencamp's live renditions of "Stones in My Passway" that they convinced him to record an album of vintage American songs, which ultimately became Trouble Fresh - Willie Peyote - Non è il mio genere, il genere umano More.
Trouble No More spent several weeks at No. Mellencamp participated in the Vote for Change tour in October leading up to the U. Presidential election. InMellencamp toured with Donovan and John Fogerty. The first leg of what was called the Words and Music Tour in the spring of featured Donovan playing in the middle of Mellencamp's set. Mellencamp would play a handful of songs before introducing Donovan and then duetting with him on the hit "Sunshine Superman".
Mellencamp would leave the stage as Donovan played seven or eight of his songs backed by Mellencamp's band and then return to finish off his own set after Donovan departed. On the second leg of the tour Brooklyn Bounce - Best Of Brooklyn Bounce the summer ofFogerty co-headlined with Mellencamp at outdoor amphitheaters across the United States. Mellencamp released Freedom's Roadhis first album of original material in over five years, on January 23, He intended for Freedom's Road to have a s rock sound while still remaining contemporary, and he feels that goal was achieved.
I think we came up with a pretty timeless sounding album", Mellencamp told his online radio station in late Although Mellencamp had always been outspoken and adamant about not selling any of his songs to corporations to use in commercials, he changed his stance and let Chevrolet use "Our Country" in Chevy Silverado TV commercials that began airing in late September I'm taking heat because no one's ever done this before.
People have licensed songs that have already been hits, but nobody's licensed a brand-new song to a major company, and people don't know how to react. On August 13,Mellencamp began recording his 18th album of original material, titled Life, Death, Love and Freedom.
The album, which was released on July 15,was produced by T Bone Burnett. The first song with video, "Jena", was introduced on Mellencamp's website in October A video for the song was filmed in Savannah, Georgia on June 9, Karen Fairchild of Little Big Town is featured in the video.
She harmonizes with Mellencamp on "My Sweet Love" and provides background vocals to three other songs on Life, Death, Love and Freedomwhich became the ninth Top 10 album of Mellencamp's career when it debuted at No. On September 3,Mellencamp made available on his website a home-video recording of his solo acoustic cover of Bob Dylan's " The Times They Are A-Changin' " as a sign that the Presidential Election was going to bring about change in America.
The show featured performers returning to small venues where they performed during the early stages of their careers. Mellencamp had last played at the Crump Theatre on October 4, The program aired on December 11, and also featured an in-depth documentary tracing Mellencamp's roots.
Crow joined Mellencamp on stage to duet on "My Sweet Love" during the last seven shows. Mellencamp participated in a tribute concert for Pete Seeger 's 90th birthday on May 3, at Madison Square Garden in New York City which raised funds for an environmental organization founded by Seeger to preserve and protect the Hudson River.
In the summer ofMellencamp embarked on a tour of minor league ballparks with Bob Dylan and Willie Nelson that ran from July 2 — August Mellencamp recorded the album using a Ampex portable recording machine and only one microphone, requiring all the musicians to gather together around the mic. The album was recorded in mono. Mellencamp wrote over 30 songs for the record only 13 made the final cutand he wrote one song specifically for Room at the Gunter Hotel Mellencamp told the San Antonio Express-News :.
Live at the Royalwhich peaked at No. On December 6,Mellencamp performed " Born in the U. A career-spanning box set of album tracks and demos titled On the Rural Route was released on June 15,nine weeks before No Better Than This hit stores. Mellencamp, who co-headlined 11 shows in the summer of with Bob Dylanlaunched the No Better Than This theater tour on October 29, in his hometown of Bloomington, Indiana.
On this tour, which ran through the summer of and covered the entire United States and Canada and much of Europe, Mellencamp opened each concert with a showing of a Kurt Markus documentary about the making of No Paper In Fire - John Cougar Mellencamp - Performs Trouble No More Live At Town Hall Than This called "It's About You" before hitting the stage to play three different sets: a stripped-down acoustic set with his band, a solo acoustic set, and a Sci-Fi Tone 1 - No Artist - 101 Digital Sound Effects - Sounds Of Horror electrified rock set.
Mellencamp played for over two hours and included 24 songs in his setlist on the tour. One reviewer called the opening gig of the European leg of the tour "maybe the best Paper In Fire - John Cougar Mellencamp - Performs Trouble No More Live At Town Hall ever in Denmark.
The tour finally concluded with a tour of Canada in the summer of Mellencamp took part in two Woody Guthrie tribute concerts in as part of a year-long celebration surrounding the year anniversary of the folk icon's birth. The album captures his live performance at Town Uprising - Roxanna - Voodoo Funky Blue Night in New York City on July 31,in which he performed every track from his Trouble No More covers album in addition to a rendition of "Highway 61 Revisited" by Bob Dylan and reworked versions of three of his own songs.
In OctoberMellencamp revealed that he was working on a new album, and he offered this update on the project to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune : "I've had a I.C.E.
Tech - Noise & Music rehearsals with the band, and T Bone [Burnett] and I go in the studio in January. I'm not part of the music business. I want to write my songs, do some little shows.
T Bone Burnett is going to come out to Indiana sometime in early January and we're gonna go into the studio for however long it takes to make a new album. I haven't done one in five years. In JanuaryMellencamp began recording the project, which would ultimately be titled Plain Spoken and would become his 20th album of original material and 22nd studio album overall.
The album was released on September 23, In the summer ofMellencamp conducted a brief show tour. During these concerts, which primarily took place at casinos and festivals across the United States and Canada, he gave the first taste of Plain Spoken by playing "Troubled Man," the album's first track and first single. Outside of the Plain Spoken Tour, Mellencamp's most noteworthy live performance in came on February 6, when he paid tribute to Bob Dylan at the annual MusiCares Person of the Year event by performing piano-and-vocal rendition of "Highway 61 Revisited" the piano was played by Troye Kinnett from Mellencamp's band.
USA Today wrote: "The musical high point in a night of many highlights was probably John Mellencamp's interpretation of 'Highway 61 Revisited;' with a vocal tone and timbre that channeled Tom Waits', he made this usually scorching rocker into a blues dirge. Never has Mellencamp sounded so artful. After a star-studded lineup paid tribute to Dylan with cover versions of some of his greatest songs, Dylan closed the evening with a minute speech that included a reference to Mellencamp's song "Longest Days".
Dylan said: "And like my friend John Mellencamp would sing—because John sang some truth today—'one day you get sick and you don't get better. I ain't lying. In DecemberMellencamp began recording a duets album with Carlene Carterwho was his opening act for all shows on the Plain Spoken It Takes One To Know One - Chris Thile & Michael Daves - Sleep With One Eye Open and would join Mellencamp for two songs during his set.
John got the idea to do an album together. I was blown away. I think we're onto something really interesting, but I won't give the surprise away. It's different, because I've never really sat down and tried to write duets. That's going to be a fun challenge. While it is considered a duets project, Carter gave Pacific Paper In Fire - John Cougar Mellencamp - Performs Trouble No More Live At Town Hall the first piece of insight that the album wouldn't consist strictly of duets.
Some are duets and some are by themselves—it's different, but really kind of the way John and I roll. We are very like-minded and on musical ground that really feels right. It's been quite a wonderful ride.
I know this sounds crazy, but it happens a lot, I think, to songwriters—you can't tell it by looking, but I was working out—and all of a sudden I just started singing 'easy targets' and I thought, 'oh no, now I've got to stop what I'm doing" and it took me The melody came [intact], the lyrics It started out like 'Look, lets go back and do an old country religious record.
We'll try to write songs that sound like those songs, but they'll be new. The leg of the tour concluded on September 3 in Canfield, Ohio. Carter did not accompany Mellencamp on the Canadian Style Identified - Crown Court - Ruck And Roll of the tour.
Instead, a minute documentary film was shown before Mellencamp hit the stage each night. Mellencamp released a compilation album of cover songs titled Other People's Stuff on December 7, In two separate television interviews, Mellencamp teased a new musical he is working on based on his No. This is also a story about a town in free-fall, and the tough choices people make, not always in their best interests. Mellencamp lives five miles outside of Bloomington, Indianaon the shores of Lake Monroe but he also has a vacation home on Daufuskie Island, South Carolina.
Mellencamp was married to Priscilla Esterline from until and to Victoria Granucci from until He married fashion model Elaine Irwin on September 5, On December 30,Mellencamp announced that he and Irwin had separated after 18 years of marriage. Mellencamp has five children from his three marriages: My Island - Various - The BIMM Album 2015 Brighton / Bristol Michelle from his marriage to Esterline; daughters Teddi Jo and Justice from his marriage to Granucci; and sons Hud and Speck from his marriage to Irwin.
After his divorce from Irwin, Mellencamp began dating actress Meg Ryan. In SeptemberMellencamp reportedly started dating former supermodel Christie Brinkley.
In Julyit was reported that Mellencamp and Ryan had reunited and were dating again. InMellencamp became one of the first entertainers to speak out against the Iraq War when he released the song "To Washington", which was also critical of the U. Presidential elections. Bush "The bloody red eyes of the rodeo clown". However, Army officials barred Baez from performing. He told Rolling Stone magazine:. According to a February 8,Associated Press report, Mellencamp's camp asked that the campaign for presidential candidate Sen.
McCain's campaign responded by pulling the songs from their playlist. Mellencamp's publicist, Bob Merlis, noted to the Associated Press:.
Merlis also noted that the same songs The Black Leaves - Endless Road been used, with Mellencamp's approval, by John Edwards's campaign ; in response, the McCain Paper In Fire - John Cougar Mellencamp - Performs Trouble No More Live At Town Hall ceased using the songs.
Mellencamp also performed "Our Country" at a rally for Hillary Clinton in IndianapolisIndiana, on May 3,although he never came out in support of either Obama or Clinton during the primaries. InMellencamp's music was used by the National Organization for Marriage at events opposing same-sex marriage. Mellencamp's views on same sex marriage and equal rights for people of all sexual orientations are at odds with NOM's stated agenda" and requesting that NOM "find music from a source more in harmony with your views than Mr.
Mellencamp in the future. Mellencamp's musical style has generally been described as rock  heartland rock roots rock   and folk rock. Noted art writer Hilarie M. Sheets, a contributing editor to ARTnews who writes regularly for The New York Timescalled Mellencamp "a natural storyteller" in a essay she wrote about his artwork.
Known over the course of his successful four-decade music career for his acutely observed songs about the American landscape and its cast of characters, Mellencamp has been equally productive as a painter mining similar terrain. Mellencamp's interest in painting began in early life, but was superseded in the s by his skyrocketing musical career. However, throughout his life, Mellencamp has continued to seriously explore painting.
Mellencamp's late mother, Marilyn, loved to paint landscapes and flowers and her son fell in love with both art and music at an early age. Mellencamp came to New York in the mids with the intention of studying painting if his music-career aspirations didn't pan out.
Inhe joined the Art Students League and had his first formal training with portrait painter David Leffel, who taught him the technique of painting dark to light in the manner of Rembrandt and other old masters.
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