CLOSE The new studio album by John Mellencamp includes news tunes, covers and a single recovered

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John Mellencamp talks about his technique to life

. Friends brought bongos and congas to the Mellencamp house in Seymour to bang out rhythms along with records made by blues singer Odetta and pop diva Julie London.(Coincidentally, prominent Mellencamp fan Matthew McConaughey was jailed in 1999 for playing the congas while using no clothing).3. She was a rebel Known for fighting authority given that becoming a recording artist in the late 1970s, Mellencamp may have chosen up a rebellious streak from this mother. He discusses Marilyn Lowe Mellencamp (1928-2012)carrying a picket indication outside a canning factory in Austin, Ind.,(a village 40 miles north of Louisville)in 1945. 4. Early eye-opener Mellencamp sang in a mid-’60s band known as Crape Soul

(wordplay inspired by

“crepe sole “shoes ). The group featured 2 vocalists: Mellencamp, who is white, and Fred Booker, who is black. Mellencamp says he and other band members carried switchblades to be prepared for turmoil associated with racial discrimination against Booker.5. Straight time Mellencamp abandoned drugs and alcohol around the

age of 21, after a losing lead to a bar battle left him”unrecognizable. “6. Amazing reconciliation Mellencamp discusses another remarkable punch, one delivered by his daddy in response to an opening salvo by 17-year-old John. While father and child didn’t speak for numerous years after the occurrence, Mellencamp states Richard’s gesture that’s led to decades of interpersonal consistency

. 7. That’s rough It’s amusing to

hear Mellencamp talk about the “crude”inspiration for his Grammy-winning single,”Harms So Good. “”

I was playing in these bars and I simply couldn’t think the lows that people would go to with each other, “he says throughout “Plain Spoken.” “The thing that surprised me is that it fit my character completely. I fit right in with all that. “8. Creative breakthrough It’s not shocking to hear Mellencamp designate 1983 single” Pink Houses “as the start of his prime as a songwriter

. He states he developed from”unschooled songwriter”to

“artisan”to “pure art.”9. Modern music “Plain Spoken”opens with guidance Mellencamp got from folk-music icon Pete Seeger:”Keep it small.”This philosophy describes why Mellencamp chooses to play theaters and why he’s never ever accepted an offer to perform for 10s of thousands of fans at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. “I seem like we’re just bring the dead carcass of rock ‘n’ roll around and getting the cash that’s left over from the

past,”Mellencamp states.”It’s simply all nostalgic now. “10. Supporting cast”Plain Spoken “succeeds at showcasing the fantastic artists in Mellencamp’s band, particularly keyboard gamer Troye Kinnett on”

The Full Catastrophe,”guitar player Andy York on a cover of Robert Johnson’s”Stones in My Passway “and violin gamer Miriam Sturm throughout a crucial overture.” Easy Target”is not carried out during the film.< a href = data-track-label =newrecircinline > Download the IndyStar Things To Do App Call IndyStar press reporter David Lindquist at(317 )444-6404. Follow himon Twitter: @ 317Lindquist. Check out

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