John Mellencamp’s next album, titled “No Better Than” will again be produced by T Bone Burnett, and is planned for a January 2010 release.
According to online reports, he debuted “Take Some Time to Dream” on May 17 at a political fundraiser for President Barack Obama at the Westin Hotel in downtown Indianapolis and said it will be included on “No Better Than This.”
Mellencamp will record the album at historic spots in the US, including the first African-American church in the U.S. in Savannah, Georgia, and Sun Studios in Memphis.
It’s also reported that Mellencamp will record the album using a 1951 Ampex portable recording machine and only one microphone, like the old blugrass bands usedto /still do. And album will be recorded in mono – as is Springsteen’s “Pink Cadillac – you know that’s mono everytime you hear it, right?
He’s also recording his summer tour with Willie Nelson and Bob Dylan for a video documentary, and is also videotaping the recording sessions for the new album.