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John Mellencamp Announces ‘Sad Clowns & Hillbillies’ Album, 2017 Summer Tour

Photo credit: Marc Hauser
Photo credit: Marc Hauser

On April 21, John Mellencamp will release his 23rd album, Sad Clowns & Hillbillies. He announced the news today along with a five-week tour of the U.S.

He’ll begin on June 5 at Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre in Greenwood Village, Colo., and conclude on July 11 at the Forest Hills Tennis Stadium in Queens, N.Y., with a handful of fair dates in August and September. He’ll be joined by Carlene Carter, who is featured prominently on the new record. Opening up on most days will be country legend Emmylou Harris, although Jewel will fill in for her during the two shows in Oregon, and Lily & Madeleine, a folk-pop sister duo from Indianapolis.

You can see all the dates below and get full details about ticketing, including pre-sale information and VIP packages, at his website. All who purchase tickets will receive a CD copy of Sad Clowns & Hillbillies, which a press release we received says “returns Mellencamp to the musical eclecticism that is, itself, a reflection of his wide-ranging musings on life. Sad Clowns & Hillbillies showcases a poet who has wisely used the years between youth and the present day to become an absolute master of songwriting and interpretation. That passion and experience resonates most beautifully in this showcase of his music.”

Last month, Mellencamp released a song called “Easy Target,” which he called a “reflection on the state of our country.” It’s unknown as of now if the song will be included on Sad Clowns & Hillbillies.

John Mellencamp ‘Sad Clowns & Hillbillies’ 2017 Tour Dates

June 5 — Greenwood Village, CO — Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre
June 7 — Boise, ID — Outlaw Field at the Idaho Botanical Garden
June 8 — Redmond, WA — Marymoor Park
June 10 — Troutdale, OR — McMenamins Edgefield
June 11 — Bend, OR — Les Schwab Amphitheater
June 13 — Saratoga, CA — The Mountain Winery
June 14 — Saratoga, CA — The Mountain Winery
June 17 — Murphys, CA — Ironstone Amphitheatre
June 18 — Los Angeles, CA — Greek Theatre
June 21 — Grand Prairie, TX — Verizon Theatre
June 22 — Sugar Land, TX — Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land
June 24 — Saint Augustine, FL — Saint Augustine Amphitheatre
June 25 — Boca Raton, FL — Mizner Park Amphitheatre
June 27 — Atlanta, GA — Chastain Park Amphitheatre
June 28 — Cary, NC — Cary’s Koka Booth Amphitheatre
June 30 — Gilford, NH — Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion
July 1 — Lenox, MA — Tanglewood
July 3 — Vienna, VA — Wolf Trap
July 6 — Philadelphia, PA — The Mann Music Center
July 7 — Bethel, NY — Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
July 8 — Canandaigua, NY — CMAC
July 11 — New York, NY — Forest Hills Stadium
Aug. 4 — West Allis, WI — Wisconsin State Fair
Aug. 5 — Davenport, IA — Mississippi Valley Fair
Aug. 29 — St Paul, MN — Minnesota State Fair
Aug. 31 — Allentown, PA — The Great Allentown Fair
Sept. 1 — Essex Junction, VT — Champlain Valley Fair

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