John Mellencamp, 'Small Town': Exclusive Premiere from His New 'Trouble No More' Live Album
July 4 is almost here and an all-American rock and roller is premiering a brand new cut from his upcoming live album: John Mellencamp.
Billboard presents a raw, stripped-down live version of Mellencamp's heartland rock essential "Small Town," performed before a crowd of only 1,500 at New York's Town Hall on July 31, 2003:
Back in 2003, Mellencamp released "Trouble No More," a covers collection featuring Mellencamp taking on 11 American folk and blues standards -- Robert Johnson’s “Stones In My Passway,” Woody Guthrie’s “Johnny Hart,” Lucinda Williams’ “Lafayette” and more. The album was an instant hit with Mellencamp fans and debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's Blues Chart. A month after its June release, Mellencamp performed the album in its entirety in the Town Hall show, along with stripped-down versions of his own hits "Small Town," "Pink Houses" and "Paper in Fire."
Now, 11 years later, that concert finally available to the masses via "John Mellencamp Performs Trouble No More Live At Town Hall," which drops July 8.
And there's more on the way. The singer-songwriter has just entered a new deal with Universal Media Enterprises, who plan to release more from his extensive catalog over the next few years.
The brand new live album can be pre-ordered via Amazon. The CD and digital versions feature all 15 songs performed in the concert, while the vinyl edition highlights 10 performances from the evening.
Here's the complete track listing from "John Mellencamp Performs Trouble No More Live At Town Hall."
1. Stones In My Passway (Robert Johnson)
2. Death Letter (Son House)
3. To Washington (John Mellencamp/Traditional)
4. Highway 61 Revisited (Bob Dylan)
5. Baltimore Oriole (Hoagy Carmichael/Paul Francis Webster)
6. Joliet Bound (Kansas Joe McCoy)
7. Down In The Bottom (Willie Dixon)
8. Johnny Hart (Woody Guthrie)
9. Diamond Joe (John Mellencamp/Traditional)
10. John The Revelator (Traditional)
11. Small Town (John Mellencamp)
12. Lafayette (Lucinda Williams)
13. Teardrops Will Fall (Marion Smith)
14. Paper In Fire (John Mellencamp)
15. Pink Houses (John Mellencamp)