Heartland rocker John Mellencamp releases his twenty third full-length album, Sad Clowns & Hillbillies featuring Carlene Carter, the daughter of June Carter Cash and stepdaughter of Johnny Cash. Sad Clowns & Hillbillies 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 self-produced showcase of his music. The album's latest single, "Grandview" features country music star, Martina McBride while lead cut "Easy Target" served as a continuation of Mellencamp's journey to convey the truth through a passionate and plain-spoken song, focusing on the Black Lives Matter movement as well as gun violence in America.
Sad Clowns & 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.