John Mellencamp’s voice has settled into a growl as he pleads with God to help the human race on his new single ‘Hey God’. Troubled souls in black and white enter a church alone and plead with God for help as a firy dobro sears alongside Mellencamp’s gruff delivery. Images of police arresting men in the streets and prisoners prostrate and begging for mercy offer a stark counterpoint to the deperate churchgoers. ‘Hey God’ is the first single from his new album ‘Orpheus Descending’ due on 2nd June from Republic Records. Mellencamp produced this release, his twenty-fifth studio release at his own Belmont Mall Studios.
‘Orpheus Descending’ arrives on the heels of last year’s ‘One Eyed Jack’ as well as a book that is a collection of Mellencamp’s paintings. In addition to this prodigious output he is taking on a massive North American tour in support of the new release.
Ed Donnelly is a multi-instrumentalist, recording engineer and record producer from Los Angeles. He has worked with Willie Nelson, Crowded House, Marc Cohn, Jools Holland, Matchbox Twenty, The Cult, BoyHaunt, Gladys Knight, Trent Summar and The West Coast Mob, Smashing Pumpkins, Del McCoury, OK Go, Exodus, Molly Leach, Tom Morello, O.A.R., Madness, The Crystal Method, DrunkHungry, Deadmau5, Zac Brown, CrysP Tyger, Bighead Todd and the Monsters, Jake Shimabukuro, Barenaked Ladies, Tsar, Killola and more. Donnelly regularly performs with Nathan Jacques as well as Little Silver Hearts and records with GhostsDream. Little known fact: He previously held Top Secret Security Clearance with the U.S. Department of State and Q Clearance from the Department of Energy.
He currently runs The Barber’s Basement Recording Studio in Highland Park and is a partner in The Atmos at Lemontree Studio.