John Mellencamp’s New Career-Spanning 4 CD Box Set

John Mellencamp

On June 15th John Mellencamp will release a career-spanning 4 CD set entitled On The Rural Route 7609. This unique 54 track collection lines up to be more than just a “greatest hits” package sprinkled with a few outtakes. The collection features four CD’s that set up to serve as individual albums chronicling the progression of one of America’s true songwriters. Mellencamp, over the years, has developed the ability to talk to the common man through his songs. His honesty and passion for a more simple way of living have been blasting through radios for over 30 years. On The Rural Route 7609 serves as a true inside look to what has driven Mellencamp and what keeps him pushing his boundaries as he moves forward with his artistry.

Mellencamp has always been outspoken, never one to shy away from controversy or to hold back on his beliefs. Below are a few comments from the 72-page booklet that accompanies On The Rural Route 7609.

“Pink Houses” 1983

“I could have written a better last verse for that,” Mellencamp says of his 1983 hit. “We recorded in this broke-down house. The engineer was in the kitchen, the band was in the living room. I walked in, played it a couple of times, and bam! We were amateurs, but we were the best amateurs in the country.”

“Peaceful World” (acoustic version) 2001

“All of these songs start in the same place, as folk songs,” Mellencamp says – and there’s no better example than this meditative acoustic number, which took on new meaning after 9/11. But the cut brings back unpleasant memories; to Mellencamp’s disgust, a record exec criticized the song because it featured an African-American singer (India Arie) and the lyrics tackled racism in the U.S. “When I heard that, I said, ‘I can’t be with Columbia anymore. Get me outta here.’”

“Some Day the Rains Will Fall” 2010

The newest tune on the box set is an outtake from his upcoming LP, cut in the same San Antonio hotel room where Robert Johnson recorded in 1936. Although the hotel is now a Sheraton, Mellencamp says the room’s vibe is unchanged. “Can you imagine if you were able to walk into the room where Hemingway wrote his best work?” he says. “That’s the feeling.”


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