Hoosier rock icon John Mellencamp will release an album of new music for the first time in nearly five years on Friday as “Strictly a One-Eyed Jack” hits streaming services and retailers.
The album was teased in September, when Mellencamp released his first duet with Bruce Springsteen, “Wasted Days”, as the lead single. Springsteen also provided backing vocals and guitar on two other tracks: “Did You Say Such a Thing” and “A Life Full of Rain”.
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“Strictly a One-Eyed Jack” is currently available for CD and digital pre-orders, with Amazon also accepting orders for a vinyl release scheduled for May 20. Mellencamp’s son, Speck, painted his cover.
It can be streamed from Friday on most major services, including Spotify, iTunes and Apple Music.
The LP is Mellencamp’s first studio album since 2018’s “Other People’s Stuff,” a collection of covers, and his 25th overall. His last new music release was 2017’s “Sad Clowns and Hillbillies”. He also released live albums in 2017 and 2021.
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Rory Appleton is the pop culture reporter at IndyStar. Reach him at 317-552-9044 and [email protected], or follow him on Twitter at @RoryDoesPhonics.