To me one of the artist who really reflects America and especially small town America is John Mellencamp.  I have listened to him since he was known as Johnny Cougar and Joan Jett was singing his songs.  He has fought the music authorities throughout his career over his name, his music.  He is one of the founders of the Farm Aid movement.  Scarecrow is my favorite album by Mellencamp, I still like to listen to this album.  One of the more endearing tracks is Grandmas’ Theme on which Laura Mellecamp, Johns’ Grandma sings the lead.  So many of the songs on the album will make you stop and think, even the rockin’ R.O.C.K. in the U.S.A., has an important message in the lyrics.  I saw John in concert in the early 80’s at Memorial Coliseum, I remember that he didn’t have an opening act and he and the band played for three hours.  I think that my brother, Tim went to the concert with me.