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John Mellencamp on World Cafe | Friday, December 10, 2010

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With multiple Grammy nominations, decades of famous music, and an induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame by his good friend and fellow musician Billy Joel, John Mellencamp is nothing short of legendary. This singer-songwriter has been called the father of Americana — his innovative Appalachian folk-rock sound spurred on the explosion of heartland rock in the nation during the last quarter-century.

Mellencamp's latest and 21st official studio release, No Better Than This, came out this past August. Produced by T-Bone Burnett, the album is (as you might expect) raw and powerful. Mellencamp traveled across the country, recording the album in several historic locations. The end result is what he rightfully describes "as American folk as I've ever seen."

Check out the playlist below:

Elton John Ballad of a Well-Known Gun  Tumbleweed Connection
Erland & the Carnival  Trouble in Mind  Trouble in Mind EP
Stornoway  I Saw You Blink  Beachcomber's Windowsill
Mumford & Sons  The Cave  Sigh No More
John Mellencamp  Save Some Time to Dream  Recorded Live for the World Cafe
John Mellencamp  The West End  Recorded Live for the World Cafe
John Mellencamp  Small Town  Recorded Live for the World Cafe
John Mellencamp  Longest Days  Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Loreena McKennitt  All Soul's Night  The Visit
Paul Simon  Getting Ready for Christmas Day  So Beautiful or So What
RL Burnside  It's Bad You Know  Come On In
Janelle Monae  Shape of Things to Come  Shape of Things to Come Single
Jefferson Airplane  3/5 of a Mile  Surrealistic Pillow
Free Energy  Dream City  Stuck on Nothing
The Shins  New Slang  Garden State Soundtrack
Bryan Ferry  You Can Dance  Olympia
Belle & Sebastian  I Want the World to Stop  Write About Love 
The Swell Season  Low Rising  Strict Joy
G. Love  Fixin' to Die  Fixin' to Die
The Band  The Shape I'm In  To Kingdom Come
Old 97's  Every Night Is Friday Night (Without You)  The Grand Theatre Vol. 1
Glossary  Save Your Money for the Weekend  Feral Fire