Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Arts Insider Pick of the Week: John Mellencamp's Plain Spoken Tour


Since the early 1980s, the Grammy-winning musician, singer, and songwriter has not only touched the heart and souls of music listeners and influenced American culture with enduring songs (like Jack and Diane, Scarecrow, and Small Town,) but he’s also become known as one of the most successful live concert performers in the world. Case in point: the following are the closing remarks from my review of his November 2011 Louisville concert date.

‘I’ve been to a lot of concerts over the years, but I have to say that at the Louisville Palace last Sunday night I experienced a unique ‘first.’ Midway through R.O.C.K. in the U.S.A., as the crowd chanted the chorus over and over with fist pumps exuberantly raised overhead, I realized that the patriotism of this former Army brat had kicked in full-force after noticing that the hair on my arms and back of my neck were standing on end.’

In 2014, Mellencamp signed a historic “lifetime recording contract’ with Republic Records for the release of Plain Spoken and all of his albums to follow. Universal Music Enterprises continues to represent the artist’s prominent catalog as well. Mercury/UME recently released his latest live album, John Mellencamp Sings Trouble No More Live at Town Hall, this past summer.

When: January 23 @ 7:30pm
Where: Louisville Palace
Contact: All Ticketmaster outlets or the box office in person

-Gioia Patton

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