[lastfm]John Mellencamp[/lastfm]‘s new album was created using a 55-year-old reel-to-reel recorder, a single microphone and three historic recording sites.
For his 25th album, Mellencamp told Billboard, “I liked the idea that there was a story behind the record other than, ‘OK, here’s just another John Mellencamp record.’ So the fact there is a back story of the Savannah church and Sun Studios and Room 414 . . . I thought those are all places I would want to visit anyway, wouldn’t it be great to just record there?”
The album’s thirteen tracks were recorded during a break from Mellencamp’s tour with [lastfm]Bob Dylan [/lastfm]and [lastfm]Willie Nelson [/lastfm]last summer.
He used locations such as the Savannah’s First African Baptist Church, which was the first African-American church in North America; Memphis’ Sun Studios, where [lastfm]Elvis Presley[/lastfm], [lastfm]Jerry Lee Lewis [/lastfm]and [lastfm]Johnny Cash [/lastfm]recorded; and the Gunter Hotel in San Antonio, where [lastfm]Robert Johnson [/lastfm]recorded in 1936.
The album hits the shelves on August 3, seven weeks after a Mellencamp boxed set is slated for release.