Monday, September 12, at Verizon.

John Mellencamp and John Fogerty 

Monday, September 12, at Verizon.

Beyond obvious nostalgia (and having the same first name), the pairing of classic-rock veterans John Fogerty and John Mellencamp makes a certain amount of sense. Consider that both drink from the well of rich American musical styles: country, bluegrass, folk. Remember that both got undeservedly overshadowed by their higher-profile peers — Springsteen and Petty in Mellencamp's case, the Beatles and Stones in relation to Fogerty's Creedence Clearwater Revival. Each wrote common-man protest songs that gained immediacy because they seemed to speak to red-staters directly — although, irony of ironies, those same listeners more than likely voted for Bush anyway. And, fine, both of their artistic legacies are now based on albums deep in the past. (For the record, though, Mellencamp's '90s albums are better than you remember.) Nevertheless, if you're not afraid to hang out with a crowd of people your parents' age, prepare to be consistently surprised by formidable songbooks of moral certitude and deathless hooks.

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