John Mellencamp’s “Scarecrow” album released in August 1985 was loaded with hits, including “Small Town”,”Lonely Ol’ Night”, and “R.O.C.K. in the USA”. His list of Top 20 hit songs is extensive enough to require the double-disc “Words and Music” compilation, but it was the album tracks starting with Scarecrow’s “Minutes to Memories”, worthy of inclusion in the great Paul Simon songbook, which revealed his songcraft to me.
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This acoustic performance of “Rain on the Scarecrow” was absolutely live on my Q102 Dallas/ Ft Worth afternoon radio show in October 1991 with Mike Wanchic on guitar and Kenny Aronoff playing alongside John Mellencamp
After delivering a hit album “Uh Huh” in 1983 containing an important song,”Pink Houses”, in August 1985 John Mellencamp proved that he could continue the streak of mass popularity even while upping his game with more timely, socially-aware songwriting on “Scarecrow”. John Mellencamp joins me here In the Studio on “Scarecrow” ‘s thirty-fifth anniversary the week of August 3.
John Mellencamp interview “In the Studio” with Redbeard on the 30th anniversary of “Big Daddy”
Here is John Mellencamp‘s live acoustic performance of “Pink Houses” on my Dallas/ Ft.Worth Q102 radio show 10-1-91 with Mike Wanchic on acoustic guitar & harmonies and the great Kenny Aronoff on tambourine. It came out so good that John Mellencamp‘s record label asked to release it as a CD single in Europe in 1992. […]
” I think Uh Huh is me finally figuring out what it is that I do,” John Mellencamp sums up his first fully realized album here on its thirty-fifth anniversary. “Took me a long time, didn’t it? Like, five albums or something,” he chuckles. When John Mellencamp’s third major label album yelded three Top Twenty […]
Just a few days prior to Christmas 1991 , John Mellencamp was rehearsing his band in his garage, literally, in the snow-covered hills of Central Indiana, in preparation for their upcoming 1992 tour . I was invited to interview him and record the band in rehearsal , thus this performance of “Jack and Diane” is absolutely live , no overdubs . In memory of accordion/keyboard player John Cascella .-Redbeard
When John Mellencamp performed a live acoustic version of “Small Town” on my Q102 Dallas radio show in October 1991, he had already become ambivalent about the effect that the 1985 ginormous hit was having on his career long-term. Mellencamp told me that day that he felt that too many people who discovered him through […]
I spent part of my Christmas holiday 1991 in an A-frame cabin with a woodburning stove in the still snow-covered woods among the hills and “hollers” of Central Indiana’s Brown County . But we weren’t there for skiing or even simply to chill out . Instead , I was there to record the private rehearsal for the upcoming John Mellencamp tour .
I spent part of my Christmas holiday 1991 in an A-frame cabin with a wood burning stove in the still, snow-covered woods among the hills and “hollers” of Central Indiana’s Brown County. But we weren’t there for skiing or even simply to chill out. Instead, I was there to record the private band rehearsal for […]