Track Listing For John Mellencamp ‘Sad Clowns & Hillbillies’ Featuring Carlene Carter

JohnMellencamp-SadClownsAnother date has just been added to Carlene’s Calendar as she will be appearing with John Mellencamp at the Iowa State Fair on Saturday, August 19!

In other news, the track listing and cover art for the new Sad Clowns & Hillbillies album is now out (below) and you can pre-order on iTunes, Amazon, etc. As you can see, Carlene is featured on five tracks, including two (“Indigo Sunset” and “My Soul’s Got Wings”) that we have heard in video clips from the last tour, and “Sugar Hill Mountain” from the Meg Ryan film Ithaca soundtrack. Carlene previewed another powerful song that she wrote on the album, “Damascus Road,” last September at the Bluebird Cafe tribute to her late friend, Susanna Clark. The fifth track that features Carlene on the album is called “What Kind of Man Am I.”

Sad Clowns & Hillbillies – John Mellencamp featuring Carlene Carter
1. Mobile Blue, John Mellencamp 3:02
2. Battle of Angels, John Mellencamp 3:58
3. Grandview (feat. Martina McBride), John Mellencamp 3:51
4. Indigo Sunset (feat. Carlene Carter), John Mellencamp 3:32
5. What Kind of Man Am I (feat. Carlene Carter), John Mellencamp 4:09
6. All Night Talk Radio, John Mellencamp 5:08
7. Sugar Hill Mountain (feat. Carlene Carter), John Mellencamp 3:07
8. You Are Blind, John Mellencamp 3:20
9. Damascus Road (feat. Carlene Carter), John Mellencamp 4:15
10. Early Bird Cafe, John Mellencamp 4:06
11. Sad Clowns, John Mellencamp 2:41
12. My Soul’s Got Wings (feat. Carlene Carter), John Mellencamp 2:57
13. Easy Target, John Mellencamp 2:42

And from Carlene’s interview with the Columbia Daily Tribune last fall: “He (John Mellencamp) is part of the soundtrack to my life, like he is to a lot of people,” she said, sharing her memories of dancing to his hits and singing them loudly while driving in her convertible decades ago. The pair have traveled extensively together since. Carter opens the show for Mellencamp and, at some point in the set, they do a few songs together. They have become quite natural singing partners. “I don’t have a hard time figuring out where he’s going to go; it’s like I already know where he’s going,” Carter said. Carter and Mellencamp have more in common than musical sensibility. Both have lived and made work with a similar sense of purpose and stubbornness. “We both have been uncompromised artists. I think we have that in common, almost like little rebels,” she said.

Fans at the last leg of the Plain Spoken tour got to hear the duo sing two of their collaborations from the forthcoming album: the beautiful ballad “Indigo Sunset”; and the up-tempo gospel “My Soul’s Got Wings” with Mr. Mellencamp’s music for lyrics by one of his heroes, Woody Guthrie. (In the unbroken musical circle, Mr. Guthrie adapted the melody to his most famous song, “This Land is Your Land,” from a song recorded by The Carter Family.)

The Sad Clowns & Hillbillies tour starts June 5 in Colorado, and along with Mr. Mellencamp and Carlene will include Very Special Guest Emmylou Harris and Indianapolis folk-pop sister duo Lily & Madeleine. Emmylou of course is a long-time friend of Carlene, and was the first to record “Easy From Now On” which Carlene wrote with the late Susanna Clark back in 1977. Substituting for Emmylou at the 2 Oregon dates (June 10 and 11) will be singer-songwriter Jewel (who played Carlene’s mother June Carter Cash in the 2013 Lifetime Television movie “Ring of Fire”). The 5 Fair dates in August and September will include just Mr. Mellencamp and Carlene. All of the info as always is on Carlene’s Calendar.

Tickets for the tour will be available to the general public beginning Friday, February 24 at 10 am. and VIP pre-sale tickets will be available beginning Wednesday, February 22 at 10 am until Thursday, February 23 at 10 pm. Every online ticket comes with 1 physical CD of the Sad Clowns & Hillbillies album.

June 05 – Greenwood Village, CO – Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre
June 07 – Boise, ID – Outlaw Field at the Idaho Botanical Garden **
June 08 – 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 01 – Lenox, MA – Tanglewood
July 03 – Vienna, VA – Wolf Trap ***
July 06 – Philadelphia, PA – The Mann Music Center
July 07 – Bethel, NY – Bethel Woods Center for the Arts **
July 08 – Canandaigua, NY – CMAC
July 11 – New York, NY – Forest Hills Stadium
August 04 – West Allis, WI – Wisconsin State Fair *
August 05 – Davenport, IA – Mississippi Valley Fair *
August 29 – St Paul, MN – Minnesota State Fair *
August 31 – Allentown, PA – The Great Allentown Fair *
September 01 – Essex Junction, VT – Champlain Valley Fair *

# Jewel is Special Guest for this show, Emmylou Harris will not be performing
* Emmylou Harris and Lily and Madeleine will not be appearing
** Public & Pre-Sale Ticket on sale date TBA
*** July 03 – Vienna, VA – Wolf Trap on sale March 18 at 10 am