Cougar evolution

It’s a long time gone since Johnny Cougar first hit the scene. 

And while the man can still rock “Pink Houses” when the motivation is right, John Mellencamp is not the same performer that he was in the ’80s while reeling off a string of hits under the John Cougar Mellencamp moniker.

That’s not necessarily a bad thing.  While you can still catch up on some essential material from his earlier career, it’s refreshing to see and hear a creative artist like Mellencamp evolve instead of just parodying his earlier successes.

John Mellencamp

John Mellencamp

Mellencamp refers to his latest album, Life, Death, Love and Freedom, as a collection of “modern electric folk songs” and in this NPR interview with Fresh Air host Terry Gross, he provides candid insight into his past, present, and future.  Best of all, the 40 minute segment also includes solo acoustic versions of four songs off the album.

If you don’t have the 40 minutes now, bookmark the link and click here for a great editorial piece that Mellencamp provided last month to the Huffington Post on “The State of the Music Business”. 

The man may be “Small Town”, but he is definitely not small-minded.  Great to see the one-time pop star (and Farm Aid co-founder) continue to use his voice in meaningful and important ways.

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~ by acm213 on April 1, 2009.

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