Released: Jan 2007
Label: Mellencamp Our Country
On his first album of fresh songs in more than five years, the Cougar preaches a softer, gentler brand of patriotism, tailored for blue-state blue collars. Here Mellencamp advocates forgiveness and tolerance in gently rocking tunes that sound as if they were written in the annex of one of his "Little Pink Houses," making the scenery down "Freedom's Road" dusty, but never drab. Listen for Joan Baez on "Jim Crow" and a searing send-up of the Bush Jr. political landscape with "Rodeo Clown."