John Mellencamp Releases New Single “The Eyes Of Portland”

Iconic Heartland artist John Mellencamp has released a brand new song, “The Eyes Of Portland,” from his forthcoming LP, Orpheus Descending, which is set to drop on June 16.

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The new album is produced by Mellencamp and marks his 25th studio LP. Previously, Mellencamp released the song, “Hey God,” which fans can see here.

The new track comes on the heels of the news that the Grammy-winning artist recently released a reissue of his popular album, Scarecrow, and has been displaying many of his paintings at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and at a gallery in New York City.

For more on the artist, check out American Songwriter’s recent profile of Mellencamp, in which he shared that he is something of a conduit for his work.

“You have to be open to the gods,” says Mellencamp, “or whatever it is that sends songwriters songs. I did not sit down and think, ‘I want to write a song called “I Always Lie To Strangers,’” but I was sitting there and all of a sudden there was a voice in my head that said, ‘John you should write these words down.’”

Check out his new song, upcoming LP tracklist, and current tour dates below.


1. Hey God
2. The Eyes Of Portland
3. Land Of The So Called Free
4. The Kindness Of Lovers
5. Amen
6. Orpheus Descending
7. Understated Reverence
8. One More Trick
9. Lightning And Luck
10. Perfect World
11. Backbone

Pre-order the album HERE.  


May 17—Palace Theatre—Columbus, OH
May 19—Peace Center—Greenville, SC
May 20—DPAC—Durham, NC
May 22—Benedum Center—Pittsburgh, PA
May 23—Benedum Center—Pittsburgh, PA
May 25—Playhouse Square—Cleveland, OH
May 26—Playhouse Square—Cleveland, OH
June 2—The Lyric—Baltimore, MD
June 3—Kimmel Cultural Center—Philadelphia, PA
June 5—Beacon Theatre—New York, NY
June 6—Beacon Theatre—New York, NY
June 7—Beacon Theatre—New York, NY
June 9—Beacon Theatre—New York, NY
June 10—Boch Center-Wang Theatre—Boston, MA
June 11—Providence Performing Arts Center—Providence, RI
June 13—Palace Theatre—Albany, NY
June 14—Landmark Theatre—Syracuse, NY
June 16—Shea’s Performing Arts Center—Buffalo, NY
June 17—Masonic Temple Theatre—Detroit, MI
June 19—Massey Hall—Toronto, ON
June 21—Devos Performance Hall—Grand Rapids, MI
June 23—Morris Performing Arts Center—South Bend, IN
June 24—Morris Performing Arts Center—South Bend, IN
June 26—The Riverside Theater—Milwaukee, WI
June 27—The Riverside Theater—Milwaukee, WI

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