15 Songs, 1 Hour 3 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

John Mellencamp has gone from heartland rocker to a folk hero reviving classic folk, country, and blues. His 2003 album Trouble No More was a quickly assembled set of covers. Eleven years later comes this live representation of the tour that supported the album’s release. His performance at New York City’s Town Hall on July 31, 2003, includes 11 of the album’s 12 songs (Bob Dylan’s “Highway 61 Revisited” replaces Skeeter Davis’ “The End of the World”). “Small Town,” “Paper in Fire,” and “Pink Houses” round out the track selection and are performed as reinvented Americana folk songs and dirty electric blues. The studio album had been solid, but these live performances loosen things up appropriately. Mellencamp is in fine voice, and whether it’s Robert Johnson’s “Stones in My Passway,” Hoagy Carmichael’s “Baltimore Oriole,” or Lucinda Williams’ “Lafayette,” he and his band—strong on accordion and stand-up bass—make it nearly sound like it’s the '50s in a juke joint down South. Except Mellencamp has a carefully planned setlist.

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EDITORS’ NOTES

John Mellencamp has gone from heartland rocker to a folk hero reviving classic folk, country, and blues. His 2003 album Trouble No More was a quickly assembled set of covers. Eleven years later comes this live representation of the tour that supported the album’s release. His performance at New York City’s Town Hall on July 31, 2003, includes 11 of the album’s 12 songs (Bob Dylan’s “Highway 61 Revisited” replaces Skeeter Davis’ “The End of the World”). “Small Town,” “Paper in Fire,” and “Pink Houses” round out the track selection and are performed as reinvented Americana folk songs and dirty electric blues. The studio album had been solid, but these live performances loosen things up appropriately. Mellencamp is in fine voice, and whether it’s Robert Johnson’s “Stones in My Passway,” Hoagy Carmichael’s “Baltimore Oriole,” or Lucinda Williams’ “Lafayette,” he and his band—strong on accordion and stand-up bass—make it nearly sound like it’s the '50s in a juke joint down South. Except Mellencamp has a carefully planned setlist.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
12 Ratings
12 Ratings
"Grimmbo" ,

“Classic Cougar!"

Like the old fashioned sepia-toned photograph that serves as the opening to “Trouble No More”; It appears that John Mellencamp has agreed to take a “Journey Through The Past!”-This is pure Heartland Americana Territory; That he has explored and mined all of his career!-Leaning towards the Pete Seeger/Bob Dylan/Neil Young digging through the Blues/Traditional/Country catalog; We can count on John to be “Bringing It All Back Home!”-(I hope he tours with this concept & A great band behind it; He always seems like a down-home honest type of Musician!)…by Grimmbo.

kyle butler ,

Why?

Love JM but why is this being released right now? Wish he would retire some of the old war horses and focus on lesser known songs. Not bad but serves no real purpose. Release a proper live album

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