John Mellencamp and Republic Records have "tied the knot," so to speak, by announcing an unprecedented "lifetime" recording contract. Mellencamp will release the new effort Plain Spoken, his 22nd full-length album, in the fall. The album is described in a press release as "a stunningly elegant and soul-searching gem" that is produced by T Bone Burnett. Plain Spoken will be Mellencamp's first new music since 2010's No Better Than This.
Republic Records co-founder and chief executive Monte Lipman commented, "Not only has he served as an ambassador of social consciousness in America, but he has also provided the soundtrack of a generation. We're thrilled to be working with John Mellencamp as part of this historic deal."
Universal Music Enterprises continues to represent the artist's extensive catalog. Mercury/UME will also release his new live album, John Mellencamp Performs Trouble No More Live at Town Hall, on July 8.
Meanwhile, Mellencamp will be playing a run of shows this summer, kicking off at the Winstar Casino in Thackerville, OK for two nights on June 20 and 21. He has dates booked through August 1 in Windsor, ON. Fans can expect a more extensive tour once the new album is released.