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John Mellencamp On World Cafe | January 10, 2011

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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."

This World Cafe segment originally aired on Dec. 10, 2010. (link)

Kirsty Maccoll  Angel  Titanic Days
Warpaint  Undertow  The Fool
Old 97's  Champaign Illinois  Grand Theater Vol. 1
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
Midlake  Roscoe  The Trials of Van Occupanther
Sarah Jaffe  Clementine  Suburban Nature
Sarah Jaffe  Better Than Nothing  Suburban Nature
The La's  There She Goes  The La's
Best Coast  Boyfriend  Crazy for You
El Guincho  Novias  Pop Negro
Neneh Cherry  Sassy  Home Brew
Michael Franti & Spearhead  Say Hey (I Love You)  Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Destroyer  Chinatown  Kaputt
Fleetwood Mac  Hypnotized  Mystery to Me
Cold War Kids  Louder Than Ever  Mine is Yours
B-52's  Planet Claire  The B-52's
Death Cab for Cutie  Bixby Canyon Bridge  Narrow Stairs
Ra Ra Riot  Boy  Orchard