[lastfm]John Mellencamp[/lastfm] has offered up a first look at his new album, No Better Than This, with a free stream of the title track. The song, which is available now through the singer’s official website, has also been released as the first single from the album.
For the album, Mellencamp enlisted the help of legendary [lastfm]T-Bone Burnett[/lastfm], who is known as one of the world’s foremost authorities on traditional roots music. The pair took a very traditional approach to the album, recording the songs with one microphone in historic settings such as Memphis’ legendary Sun Studios.
“John is a really great singer and I’m always happy working with him in any environment,” Burnett tells the Express-News. “The fact he chose these historic locations is a big plus. The stories that have come out of the sessions are extraordinary.”
And while Mellencamp admits there are a few “pop tunes” on the album, No Better Than This marks a turning point in his career.
“I am done being a rock star,” Mellencamp tells Rolling Stone. “I have no interest in that, in having the biggest concerts. I have only one interest: to have fun while we’re doing this and maybe have something that somebody might discover.”
No Better Than This is due out August 17.