John Mellencamp confirms a reissue of his beloved 1985 album Scarecrow (on Mercury/UME) and shares “Small Town (2022 Remaster)” as well as two previously unreleased versions, “Small Town (Writer’s Demo)” and “Small Town (Acoustic Version).” The Scarecrow Deluxe reissue is set for release November 4 as a box set including 2 CDs of newly remixed and remastered songs plus previously unreleased bonus tracks and alternate versions, a booklet full of rare photographs and all new liner notes by acclaimed author and music critic Anthony DeCurtis.
His eighth studio album, Scarecrow was originally released in 1985 and is one of Mellencamp’s most beloved albums. The album contains three chart topping hits—“R.O.C.K In The U.S.A. (A Salute To 60’s Rock)” “Lonely Ol’ Night” and “Small Town”—and reached #2 on the U.S. chart.
Mellencamp’s latest studio album, Strictly A One-Eyed Jack, is out now to critical acclaim. The New Yorker raves, “Mellencamp is a poet of ennui, making him an apt mouthpiece for our moment,” while Rolling Stone praises “Mellencamp has made an urgent-feeling, musically rich record…”
“With ‘Scarecrow’ he is determined to make an album that’s not about John Cougar Mellencamp, but about—yes—America. He wants to pay tribute to the heartland’s workers, to stick up for the unglamorous life and to counsel grit and steadfastness.” – Jon Pareles, New York Times
Mellencamp is a member of the Rock and Roll and Songwriters Halls of Fame, a recipient of the John Steinbeck Award, ASCAP Foundation’s Champion Award, The Woody Guthrie Award, the Americana Music Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award, and most recently, the Founders Award, the top honor assigned by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers.