The crowd will be Rockin’ in the U.S.A. when Grammy award winning John Mellencamp begins his setlist of rock ‘n roll classics on Friday, Aug. 4. Mellencamp’s passion for music started at a young age, and his career in music, spanning more than 35 years, has seen him transition from pop star to one of the most highly respected singer/songwriters of a generation.
Gaining fame early on in his career, and climbing the charts with singles like “Jack & Diane” and “Hurts So Good,” he made a name for himself playing more than 1,000 shows in a decade, and eventually transitioned back to his birth name, John Mellencamp. After a brief hiatus in the early ‘90s, he found his way back into the world of rock ‘n roll, and by the early 2000s, released hits like “I’m Not Running Anymore,” “Peaceful World” and “Your Life is Now.”
In 2008, the 13-time Grammy-nominated artist was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Mellencamp has also been honored with the 2001 Billboard Century Award, the 2004 Woody Guthrie Award and the Americana Music Association Lifetime Achievement Award for Songwriting, among many other accolades.
He is also a dedicated humanitarian, launching Farm Aid in 1985 along with Willie Nelson and Neil Young, to benefit American farmers. He has also received the John Steinbeck Award and the ASCAP Foundation Championship Award. His upcoming full-length album, Sad Clowns & Hillbillies, set to be released on April 21, is his twenty-third over the course of a remarkable career.