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John Mellencamp is known for his catchy, populist brand of heartland rock, which emphasizes traditional instrumentation. Mellencamp rose to fame in the 1980s while “honing an almost startlingly plainspoken writing style that, starting in 1982, yielded a string of Top 10 singles,” including “Hurts So Good,” “Jack & Diane,” “Crumblin’ Down,” “Pink Houses,” “Lonely Ol’ Night,” “Small Town,” “R.O.C.K. in the U.S.A.,” “Paper in Fire” and “Cherry Bomb.”
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John Mellencamp has amassed 22 Top 40 hits in the United States. In addition, he holds the record for the most tracks by a solo artist to hit number one on the Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, with seven. Mellencamp has been nominated for 13 Grammy Awards, winning one. He released his latest album, Sad Clowns & Hillbillies, on April 28, 2017, to widespread critical acclaim.
Mellencamp is also one of the founding members of Farm Aid, an organization that began in 1985 with a concert in Champaign, Illinois, to raise awareness about the loss of family farms and to raise funds to keep farm families on their land. Farm Aid concerts have remained an annual event over the past 33 years, and as of 2018 the organization has raised over $50 million to promote a strong and resilient family farm system of agriculture.
Mellencamp was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on March 10, 2008. On June 14, 2018, Mellencamp was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. His biggest musical influences are Bob Dylan, Woody Guthrie, James Brown and the Rolling Stones. Rolling Stone contributor Anthony DeCurtis said: “Mellencamp has created an important body of work that has earned him both critical regard and an enormous audience. His songs document the joys and struggles of ordinary people seeking to make their way, and he has consistently brought the fresh air of common experience to the typically glamour-addled world of popular music.”
In 2001, Billboard magazine editor-in-chief Timothy White said: “John Mellencamp is arguably the most important roots rocker of his generation. John has made fiddles, hammer dulcimers Autoharps and accordions lead rock instruments on a par with electric guitar, bass and drums, and he also brought what he calls ‘a raw Appalachian’ lyrical outlook to his songs. Mellencamp’s best music is rock ‘n roll stripped of all escapism, and it looks directly at the messiness of life as it’s actually lived. In his music, mortality, anxiety, acts of God, questions of romance and brotherhood, and crises of conscience all collide and demand hard decisions. This is rock music that tells the truth on both its composer and the culture he’s observing.”
John Mellencamp launched his Sad Clowns & Hillbillies Tour on June 5, 2017 in Denver, CO. The 2017 leg of the tour concluded on September 3 in Canfield, Ohio. Carter, Emmylou Harris, Jewel, and Lily & Madeleine served as supporting acts on the 2017 leg of the tour. Mellencamp is concluding the Sad Clowns & Hillbillies Tour with a run of Canadian shows that began September 26, 2018 in Moncton, New Brunswick and wraps up on November 14 in Abbotsford, British Columbia. Carter is not accompanying Mellencamp on the Canadian portion of the tour.
On February 1, 2018, Netflix began streaming an October 25, 2016 concert from Mellencamp’s Plain Spoken Tour at the Chicago Theatre. The 80-minute film is more of a documentary than a true concert film, as Mellencamp narrates the entire presentation with stories about his childhood, his early days in music, his relationship with his family, the music business and many more topics. A CD/DVD/Blu-Ray release of the documentary and of the concert without Mellencamp’s narration, titled Plain Spoken: From The Chicago Theatre, was released on May 11, 2018. In addition to his work on Sad Clowns & Hillbillies, Mellencamp wrote the title song to the 2017 American war movie The Yellow Birds, which was released on June 15, 2018 by Saban Films.
John Mellencamp will release a compilation album of cover songs titled Other People’s Stuff on December 7, 2018. He will embark on a 39-date theater tour in early 2019 that is being dubbed “The John Mellencamp Show.”