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"Small Town" - John Mellencamp Live at Town Hall 7.31.2003 [SoundCloud Audio Stream]

Jarrett Hoffman

by Jarrett Hoffman

Published July 03, 2014

Upon the release of June 2003's Trouble No More, an album of covers of folk and blues classics, John Mellencamp played only two shows, one of which was an intimate performance at New York City's Town Hall on July 31. That night, he played songs from the album, as well as a few of his own tunes and a Bob Dylan cover in front of only 1,500 people.

Finally the rest of us will get to hear what poured out of the heartland rock legend that night with the release of John Mellencamp Performs Trouble No More Live At Town Hall, out on July 8th. To tide you over, we have a gem of a live take in "Small Town," one of the Mellencamp originals.

Simple and plain-spoken, "Small Town" is classic Mellencamp. It's a tribute to small town life, from birth to expected death. While the studio version, originally released on Mellencamp's 1985 Scarecrow, has a fast groove fit for a drive, the live take is stripped down and pulled back, more like a nighttime stroll, wistful of where the song came from.

All 15 songs from the album will be available digitally and on CD, while the vinyl will highlight 10 of them, including the three Mellencamp originals and the singer's take on Bob Dylan's iconic "Highway 61 Revisited." Check out the complete track lists for all platforms below. To pre-order, head to Amazon.

For John Mellencamp's latest music, news, and tour dates, check out his Zumic artist page.

John Mellencamp Performs Trouble No More Live At Town Hall Full Tracklist (CD and Digital):

1. "Stones In My Passway" (Robert Johnson)
2. "Death Letter" (Son House)
3. "To Washington" (John Mellencamp/Traditional)
4. "Highway 61 Revisited" (Bob Dylan)
5. "Baltimore Oriole" (Hoagy Carmichael/Paul Francis Webster)
6. "Joliet Bound" (Kansas Joe McCoy)
7. "Down In The Bottom" (Willie Dixon)
8. "Johnny Hart" (Woody Guthrie)
9. "Diamond Joe" (John Mellencamp/Traditional)
10. "John The Revelator" (Traditional)
11. "Small Town" (John Mellencamp)
12. "Lafayette" (Lucinda Williams)
13. "Teardrops Will Fall" (Marion Smith)
14. "Paper In Fire" (John Mellencamp)
15. "Pink Houses" (John Mellencamp)

John Mellencamp Performs Trouble No More Live At Town Hall Full Tracklist (Vinyl):

Side One
1. "Stones In My Passway" (Robert Johnson)
2. "Death Letter" (Son House)
3. "Joliet Bound" (Kansas Joe McCoy)
4. "Highway 61 Revisited" (Bob Dylan)
5. "Baltimore Oriole" (Hoagy Carmichael/Paul Francis Webster)
Side Two
6. "Diamond Joe" (John Mellencamp/Traditional)
7. "Down In The Bottom" (Willie Dixon)
8. "Small Town" (John Mellencamp)
9. "Paper In Fire" (John Mellencamp)
10. "Pink Houses" (John Mellencamp)

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Source: Universal Music Enterprises SoundCloud
Via: Billboard

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