John Mellencamp previewed the first taste of his upcoming album due out later in 2021. A message was posted on his official JohnMellencamp.com website reading, “Mellencamp will soon return to the studio to finish recording his 25th album. Prior to the onset of the global pandemic, he has already cut 10 tracks and plans to record another 17 for the project.” The site has a link to the new tune, a dark ballad titled, “I Always Lie To Strangers.”

Also premiered is the trailer to Mellencamp’s new concert film project, titled, The Good Samaratan Tour. The post reads, “John Mellencamp announces he’s set to unveil his new live album and documentary titled The Good Samaritan Tour this spring. The documentary, which will be narrated by Academy Award winner Matthew McConaughey, chronicles Mellencamp’s historic free tour in 2000 when he performed on street corners and in public parks across the country.”

Mellencamp’s site also states the singer/songwriter is hoping to tour in 2022, “but that all depends on the pandemic and our ability to recover from it.” He’s also planning to resume production on “an untitled original play directed by Kathleen Marshall, produced by Scott Landis, and written by Naomi Wallace.”

SIDE NOTES

  • Back in December 2018, John Mellencamp‘s latest collection, Other People’s Stuff, debuted at Number One on Billboard‘s Top Rock Albums chart.
  • The set, which is Mellencamp’s 24th album, features covers of older material recorded over the course of his career, includes such highlights as the well-worn civil rights anthem “Keep You Eyes On The Prize,” Merle Travis‘ “Dark As A Dungeon,” the great American ballad, “Wreck Of The Old ’97,” and Stevie Wonder‘s “I Don’t Know Why I Love You.”

CHECK IT OUT: The Good Samaritan Tour preview: