John Mellencamp

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Thu., June 22, 7:30 p.m. 2017
$39.50-$129.50

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Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land
18111 Lexington Blvd.
Sugar Land, TX  77479
They may be sparse, but whatever recent John Mellencamp interviews do exist are well worth looking up anyway, because the lifelong Hoosier is guaranteed to shoot 100 percent from the hip. Mellencamp’s disdain for the kind of narcissistic attitudes and materialistic values he witnessed up close as one of America’s biggest rock stars of the ’80s and ’90s comes through loud and clear in his latter-day music as well; even Bruce Springsteen’s post-superstardom transformation into a Guthrie-esque singing poet isn’t this radical. This year Mellencamp enlisted country-music royalty and present touring companion Carlene Carter — sounding especially like her late mother, June Carter Cash, too — for Sad Clowns & Hillbillies, an album heavy with fiddles, mandolins and talk of hauntings, trailers, angels and indigo sunsets. It’s Americana of the highest order; however great songs like “Pink Houses” and “Small Town” remain, it’s also no stretch to say that Mellencamp may be making the best music of his career.
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