John Mellencamp - Sad Clowns & Hillbillies Tour
Jewel, Carlene Carter
Sun, June 11
Doors: 5:00 pm / Show: 6:30 pm
Les Schwab Amphitheater
$55.00 - $299.00
This event is all ages
Every online ticket comes with 1 CD of John Mellencamp's forthcoming album, Sad Clowns & Hillbillies. You will receive an additional email with instructions on how to redeem your CD(s). Offer valid through August 11, 2017 for US/CAN residents only. One CD per online ticket. Not valid for tickets purchased via resale
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"The music looks back toward … 'Blood On The Tracks,' with strummed guitars, brushes on the drums and neck-rack harmonica, and the words ponder trouble, power, love, God, freedom and mortality." says THE NEW YORK TIMES. Plain Spoken is set to be hailed as an unparalleled new chapter in Mellencamp's distinctive songbook.
Concert goers will receive a digital download of the Plain Spoken record with purchase of tickets to the tour (One download code per ticket for online and phone purchases only; does not apply to box office or outlet ticket purchases.)
Grammy-winning musician John Mellencamp has touched the heart and souls of music listeners and influenced American Culture with enduring songs, he is also one of the most successful live concert performers in the world. A man with a conscience, he used his visibility and influence to advocate an issue that hit close to home and became one of the founding members of Farm Aid, an organization that began in 1985 to raise awareness about the loss of family farms. The Farm Aid concerts have raised over $45 million to promote a resilient family farm system of agriculture.
In 2014, he also signed a historic "lifetime recording contract" with Republic Records for the release of Plain Spoken and all of his albums to follow. Universal Music Enterprises continues to represent the artist's prominent catalog as well. Mercury/UME recently released his latest live album, John Mellencamp Sings Trouble No More Live at Town Hall, this past summer.
From the remote ranch of her Alaskan youth to the triumph of international stardom, the three-time Grammy nominee, hailed by the New York Times as a "songwriter bursting with talents" has enjoyed career longevity rare among her generation of artists. Whether alone with her guitar or fronting a band of ace musicians, Jewel has always been a charismatic live performer, earning the respect of other singer-songwriters such as Merle Haggard, Bob Dylan and Neil Young, who, not only invited her to open their shows, but mentored her in the early phases of her career. Her singular style and beauty continuously land her on the covers of such diverse magazines as Time, People, Entertainment Weekly, Vanity Fair, In Style, Glamour and Seventeen. Stuff listed her among its '102 Sexiest Women in the World' while Blender went further, crowning her 'rock's sexiest poet. '
2011 brought new joy to the singer/songwriter as she and her husband Ty Murray welcomed baby Kase Townes to the world. Soon after the singer released The Merry Goes'Round, her second childrens album with Fisher-Price® and Somerset Entertainment. The album writen while pregnant and inspired by Kase, appeals to kids and parents alike and includes over 15 songs and 4 classics such as The Green Grass Grows All Around and My Favorite Things, plus new whimsical Jewel story-telling originals. The album was named itunes Children's Album of the Year in 2011.
This September Jewel released a picture book and CD based on a song from The Merry Goes 'Round. The book titled, "That's What I'd Do" is perfect for bedtime sharing again-and-again. In addition Jewel is portraying June Carter Cash in the Lifetime movie based on her life. The film is due to be released in 2013.
After a tremendous amount of success as a singer-songwriter and over 27 million albums sold, Jewel returned to her roots with the release of her debut country album Perfectly Clear in June 2008, which garnered her a spot at #1 on the Billboard country album charts. Perfectly Clear was the debut release on the Nashville-based independent label The Valory Music Co.
Shortly after Perfectly Clear, Jewel debuted her first-ever independent release, Lullaby, in a partnership with Fisher-Price® and Somerset Entertainment. Lullaby was produced by Jewel and recorded at her home studio in Stephenville, TX. To date, it as sold over 350,000 copies. The 15-track album features 10 self-penned songs and a few standards including beautiful renditions of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" and "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star." The acoustic record is reminiscent of Jewel's twelve-time platinum album Pieces of You.
Jewel has spent a lot of time in Nashville over the last few years, and has naturally been drawn to and accepted by the Nashville music community. She has hosted the country reality show "Nashville Star" and she has made a number of appearances at Muzik Mafia events. She co-wrote and sings with new artist Jason Michael Carroll on "No Good In Goodbye" which appeared on his debut album, Waitin' In The Country (Arista Nashville). She was also invited to sing with Merle Haggard, a long time hero of hers, on his album of #1's.
In 2010, Jewel maintained her country roots as she returned to the format with her sophomore follow-up album, Sweet and Wild. The album was written and produced by Jewel. Her insightful love ballad Satisfied, received a Grammy nomination for "Best Female Country Vocal Performance."
"The theme of this album is finding what's true about you and your life, and defending it and valuing it above all else," said Jewel. "My newest country album will share so many of my personal feelings of love and happiness that I have written into the songs," said Jewel, who married her longtime boyfriend Ty Murray in the summer of 2008 and our now expecting their first child.
In the summer of 2011 Jewel was seen as host and judge on the Bravo series, Platinum Hit. The show followed 12 up-and-coming musicians as they battle through a series of innovative songwriting challenges testing their creativity, patience and drive and also featured fellow songwriter Kara DioGuardia.
Also near and dear to Jewel's heart is her charitable initiative, Project Cleanwater, which she continues to support, unwaveringly. Jewel founded Project Clean Water in 1997. Having experienced homelessness as a teenager, Jewel became ill and couldn't afford to buy the bottled water she needed for her sick kidneys. She then realized it was difficult to obtain clean water in the United States, and discovered it was a huge problem globally. She has been relentless in her efforts to bring safe water to those in need and create awareness of clean water shortages around the world.
Project Clean Water has recently partnered with Virgin Unite and the Voss Foundation to create the "Give A Drop" campaign. Donations of $5.00 can be made by texting the message "DROP" to phone number 85944. Money raised through text donations will benefit the partnership, which is currently working in Pel in the Dogon region of Mali, where 40 water retention structures were recently completed. This spring, work will also begin to help rural villages in southeast Ethiopia expand their access to clean water.
Jewel currently lives on a working ranch in Stephenville, Texas with her husband, World Champion bull-riding superstar, Ty Murray and their baby Kase Townes Murray.
Jewel's family were original pioneers of Alaska who settled there when it was still a territory. Her grandfather, Yule, drafted the Alaskan constitution and served as the state's senator. She was raised on the family ranch with the same old world traditions. Her home was located in a very remote area, far from any town, and had no running water or electricity (they used a coal stove for heat and had an outhouse).
Both of her parents, Atz and Nedra, enjoyed making local records and performing; and, along with her brothers, Jewel (her given name) accompanied her parents on tours through native villages. "At six I remember singing for Eskimos and Aleuts in remote places, taking dog sled rides through frozen tundra," she says. "We canned berries and made our own butter- ate only what we raised and stored."
When her parents divorced, she spent more than a half-dozen years with her father touring as a duet act, starting at the age of eight. "We sang in biker bars and lumberjack joints. If the cops were ever called, I'd hide in the bathroom till they were gone," she says. At fifteen, she went her own way, performing solo for the first time and earning a vocal scholarship to Interlochen, a private arts school in Michigan where she also majored in visual art. It was here she learned guitar and began writing songs, inspired by a love of reading at a young age. "Reading made me feel connected to the world," she explains. "The writers I returned to again and again were the ones that were brutally honest, willing to show themselves as heroic at times, grotesque at others. Anais Nin, Charles Bukowski, these were heroes to me."
Heartfelt songwriting became not only an emotional outlet, but a means of survival. During spring break one year she took a train and hitchhiked in Mexico, earning money as a street-corner minstrel. "I made up lyrics everywhere I went and eventually it turned into a very long song about what I saw around me," she recalls. "I made it back to school two weeks later with an unformed song called 'Who Will Save Your Soul'." She was 16 at the time and had no idea that song would, a mere three years later, become the first single from her first album, offering not just a days meal ticket, but meteoric success.
Moving to San Diego, a series of unfortunate events led to living in her car and, after it was stolen, borrowing $1,000 from a friend to buy a van to live in. She got her first regular gig at a coffeehouse in Pacific Beach, where fans soon multiplied like rabbits, building a local cult following. Label A&R guys started coming as well, and Jewel was signed to Atlantic Records close to her 19th birthday. Her first record, a deeply introspective, live, voice-and-acoustic-guitar, modern folk collection called Pieces of You, sold about 3000 copies, nearly all in San Diego, in the nine months after its February 1995 debut. So, Jewel hit the road with a vengeance, playing four shows a day in 40 cities. A folk singer at the height of grunge, she was encouraged by two acts she opened for: Bob Dylan, who actively listened to her songs and discussed lyrics with her, and Neil Young, who gave the nervous solo artist a piece of advice at Madison Square Garden: "Its just another hash-house on the road to success. Show 'em no respect!"
Hard work and heartfelt songwriting, not to mention an exquisitely expressive voice, paid off. After a year on the road, "Who Will Save Your Soul" became a major hit. And, with the release of two other hit singles, "You Were Meant for Me" and "Foolish Games," album sales went through the roof, as Blender magazine writes: "With considerably less fuss, [Pieces of You] went on to exceed the sales of Nirvanas Nevermind, moving a phenomenal 11 million units."
Hailed by The Times of London as the most sparkling female singer-songwriter since Joni Mitchell, Jewel's subsequent albums steadily built her reputation and fan base. In November 1998 came Spirit, a collection of inspirational ballads aided by sparse, supportive instrumentation. The next November she offered up Joy: A Holiday Collection, blending well-loved Christmas carols with traditional spirituals and other songs, followed in Fall 2001 by the best-selling album This Way. In June 2003, her fifth work, 0304, premiered at #2 on the Billboard 200 chart, marking both the highest-debuting and highest-charting album of her career to date. Describing it as a modern take on 40s dance hall music, Jewel brought dance beats, synthesizer flavors and layered vocal overdubs to the album, which included the top five hit single "Intuition."
Touring remains part of Jewel's essence and, through her U.S. and world tours, she has forged a powerful, intimate bond with audiences around the globe. Her extraordinary voice and engaging stage presence have earned her acclaim throughout North America, Asia, Australia and Europe.
Among her many accolades are four Grammy Award nominations, an American Music Award and an MTV Video Music Award. In 1999, she was presented the prestigious Governors Award from the Los Angeles chapter of the Recording Academy (NARAS). The award, now known as the "Recording Academy Honors" award, recognizes those whose creative talents and accomplishments have crossed all musical boundaries and have been recognized as an asset to our music community.
Her debut poetry collection in 1998, A Night Without Armor, quickly became a mainstay of The New York Times bestseller list, with 29 printings and a remarkable million-plus copies sold and is the best-selling poetry book of all time. The audiobook version received the 1999 Audie Award from the Audio Publishers Association. The following year saw the publication of her second book, the intimate journal Chasing Down The Dawn, a revealing chronicle of an artist's life on the road.
Jewel's full-length home video, "Jewel: A Life Uncommon," offered an autobiographical documentary rife with live performances, archival footage of her upbringing and interviews with the people closest to her. In 2004 came her first live DVD, "Live At Humphreys," shot three years previously in San Diego, showcasing her boundary-crossing style in an intimate concert setting.
Jewel had a song "Stay Here Forever," featured in movie and on the soundtrack of the blockbuster hit Valentine's Day. The singer's songs and ethereal voice have accompanied many other motion pictures in the past including Clueless, Batman & Robin, Phenomenon, Life or Something Like It, Sweet Home Alabama (theme song) and Ang Lee's independent civil war drama Ride With the Devil, where she earned critical praise for her acting debut alongside stars Tobey Maguire and Skeet Ulrich. Becoming a staple on television, from talk shows to Saturday Night Live and Mad TV, Jewel also guest starred on the NBC drama The Lyons Den, playing a lawyer opposite series star Rob Lowe.
Carlene shares writing credit on "Lonesome" with her great uncle A.P. Carter (recently in the Billboard Top 10 as cowriter of the pop phenomenon "Cups"), and the track features vocals by Vince Gill. Other guest artists on the CD are Willie Nelson on "Troublesome Waters," Kris Kristofferson on "Blackjack David," and "Elizabeth Cook steps in as an honorary Carter Girl," Carlene adds, "singing harmonies on six of the twelve songs." Family is represented by cousin Lorrie Carter Bennett (daughter of Anita Carter), and Carlene's husband Joe Breen, each heard on two songs.
The CD was produced by Don Was and mixed by Bob Clearmountain, both on Carlene's wish list for the project, and she says Carter Girl has "lots of fabulous musicians: Don on bass, Jim Keltner on drums, Rami Jaffee (from The Wallflowers and Foo Fighters) on keyboards. Greg Leisz plays steel guitar, acoustic, and electric too. Sam Bush is playing mandolin on three songs. Blake Mills plays most of the stringed instruments, electric guitars, and tiple, which is a kind of mandolin. I play piano, and acoustic guitars in the style of my grandma, but it's different from the 1920s! I'm really glad I was able to pull together all of these perfect people."
"Cowboy Jack Clement played acoustic guitar on 'Ain't Gonna Work Tomorrow,'" Carlene continues, "and we used an old track for that to have Helen, Anita, Momma, and me, along with Big John, singing background on the chorus. We built a new track around our vocals from the Wildwood Flower album we did back in 1986. Kind of a cool thing to have the technology to bring it as a part of this project."
Looking back on her own musical history, Carlene remembers, "I started my career singing with The Carter Family at 17. My first album came out in 1978." Recorded in England with rock band Graham Parker & the Rumour, that self-titled debut was named "Tops in Pops" by Time magazine, while Newsweek called Carlene "a stunning newcomer." At the album's release party in L.A., Dolly Parton whispered in her ear, "Keep on smiling, no matter what!" Advice, Carlene says, that has served her well. When Maybelle Carter died later that fall, Chet Flippo wrote in Rolling Stone that she "lived to see her granddaughter Carlene merge Nashville with contemporary rock and roll."
Her third album, Musical Shapes, still often cited as being ahead of its time for its blend of country and rock, was recorded with her then husband and producer Nick Lowe and his group Rockpile in 1980. Making their home in London, Carlene spent a year on the West End stage in the musical Pump Boys and Dinettes, then filled in for her aunt Anita one night when The Carter Family played Wembley with the Johnny Cash show. She ended up touring with them for the next two years, until she felt ready to go out on her own again, encouraged by Dwight Yoakam, who told her, "Carlene, there is a place for you in country music."
More advice came from the man Carlene affectionately refers to as "Big John," her stepfather Cash. "He was a huge influence on my becoming an entertainer and a strong woman, not just a chick singer-songwriter, because of his encouragement," she recalls. "'All music is good if you're being yourself,' he told me. 'Don't let labels of being country or rock ever hold you back! Just be yourself. Then you are unique and can't be held in a box musically.'"
Working with producer Howie Epstein (of Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers), Carlene Carter became Nashville's homecoming queen of 1990 when her rockin' "I Fell In Love" topped the country singles and video charts, and the album was named one of the year's 10 best by Time, People, and Stereo Review. Award nominations followed for the Academy of Country Music's Top New Female Vocalist, and Best Country Vocal Performance, Female (for the I Fell In Love album) at the 1991 Grammy Awards. Her dynamic personality made her a natural as VH1's first country video hostess with her own daily hour, The Carlene Carter Show, and she had another smash hit single and video with "Every Little Thing," from Little Love Letters, in 1993.
Producing her next album, Little Acts of Treason, in 1995, Carlene got her father Carl Smith out of retirement for a duet of his hit "Loose Talk" (#1 for 7 weeks in 1955), and included The Carter Family and Johnny Cash on "The Winding Stream." Back on television with a series of specials for TNN, Carlene Carter: Circle of Song featured many friends and family members; and she made history with two other famous Nashville daughters, Lorrie Morgan and Pam Tillis, on what USA Today called "the first all-female major country tour" in 1996. Her first "best of" collection, Hindsight 20/20, with 20 songs spanning 20 years of her recording career, was also released that year.
European tours and appearances on other albums continued, including a Waylon Jennings tribute covering his anthem "I've Always Been Crazy," but Carlene's life was devastated by the deaths of longtime partner Epstein, mother June, stepfather Cash, and sister Rosey Nix, all in 2003. Her performance of "Jackson" with Brooks & Dunn at the Johnny Cash Memorial Tribute Concert (which The Tennessean named "the show's emotional highlight"), led to Carlene being cast as her mom in Wildwood Flowers: The June Carter Story, a 2005 Nashville stage musical about June's early years with Mother Maybelle and the Carter Sisters. The show ended with Carlene's emotional tribute to her grandmother and Rosey on "Me and the Wildwood Rose" segueing into "Will The Circle Be Unbroken."
Carlene continued to honor Rosey on the title track to her next CD, Stronger, produced by old friend and musical collaborator John McFee (of The Doobie Brothers and Southern Pacific) in 2008. Elvis Costello called the record "astounding," and Bernie Taupin wrote that it was "a staggering achievement by one of the great voices and fearless hearts of country rock." USA Today said simply, "It's great to hear her again."
Carlene Carter's songs have continued to be heard again too, as "It Takes One To Know Me," her long-lost birthday present to her stepdad when she was 19, closed the Johnny Cash box-set The Legend in 2005; and "Easy From Now On," first recorded by Emmylou Harris in 1978, was included on the 2007 #1 Crazy Ex-Girlfriend CD by Miranda Lambert, who said, "That's a ridiculously great song." Another one of the current generation's strong female country singer-songwriters, Ashley Monroe, is a distant relative of both the Carter and Smith families, and as she told CMT News, "I grew up knowing Carlene was my cousin as well. Wore her little tapes out." Sirius Outlaw Country radio host and frequent Grand Ole Opry guest Elizabeth Cook says, "Carlene is my hero."
With the release of Carter Girl, Carlene is excited to be singing some of the songs from the CD to live audiences for the first time, including Farm Aid 2013 and 2014, another full circle for her since she attended the first Farm Aid in 1985. "It was the sweetest reunion to be with Willie (Nelson) again," Carlene said. "He's the last living person who knew my two sets of parents in a very close way." She also returned to the musical theater stage in the Ghost Brothers of Darkland County 2014 North American Fall Tour (written by Stephen King, with music and lyrics by John Mellencamp), and was the Special Guest on all 80 dates of the John Mellencamp 2015 Plain Spoken North American Tour, an opportunity she called "an honor and a privilege. I'm thrilled to have been chosen to share the stage with one of America's greatest songwriters. He has a strong appreciation for our Carter Family roots, and of course he and my mom were mutual admirers, as were he and 'Big John'."
Wherever she performs, Carlene knows that she is doing her part to honor those who came before her, in her own way. "From the day I first touched a guitar or piano," she recalls, "my mom said, 'You have to carry on the legacy of the Carter Family music. It's supposed to be passed on and passed around.'" Nearly a century after their first recordings changed the course of American music, that circle remains unbroken by Carlene Carter.