Sad Clowns & Hillbillies marks the first time in a decade that a John Mellencamp studio record finds him in the producer's chair. It's the first time ever that he's shared billing on an album cover. Carlene Carter is a singer/songwriter and music biz veteran; the daughter of country music royalty – Carl Smith and June Carter Cash – making her the stepdaughter of Johnny. She and Mellencamp worked together on 2012's Ghost Brothers of Darkland County, the musical theater project he scored for Stephen King; they collaborated further on the soundtrack for Ithaca – the "Sugar Hill Mountain" reprised here is one of a handful of excellent duets between them. Things don't begin well, however. Mellencamp's attempt at Mickey Newbury's "Mobile Blue" (from his classic 'Frisco Mabel Joy album) is utterly dull despite using a full band driven…
2009 two CD set containing a pair of albums from the Country superstar, originally released on and labels at the height of his worldwide popularity between 1976 and 1983. Though achieved success at the tail end of the '60s with his band , it wasn't until he fully crossed over into the Country market that international fame came calling. Ironically, his move away from the Pop charts actually brought him more success once Country Music began to crossover into the same market he had initially given up on. Contains 's fifth and sixth albums, from 1978 and 1979. sold five million copies in the US alone and features the #1 hit title song as well as . It was also 's 1979 , while was voted of 1979.
Rusty Nail is back on the road again looking to punish injustice at every turn - and this time it's with a group of hotheaded street racers on their way to the Road Rally 1000. As they drive through a desolate shortcut on the way to the race, an encounter with Rusty
This album represents the eighth Big Sur Festival; also probably the last. The performers all appeared for union scale – fifty dollars. Columbia Records paid festival expenses. Tickets were free and all who came were welcome. The festival profits from this album go to the Institute for the Study of Non-Violence, except for Blood, Sweat & Tears' royalties which will be donated to the UNICEF fund for Bangla Desh. Listen closely; what you hear is some of the pop world's finest performers, the mountains of the California Coast, the Pacific Ocean, and thirty-five hundred people all sharing a peaceful, happy afternoon.