Yesterday, at a private function for media and theater types, some of the songs from the upcoming Ghost Brothers of Darkland County were previewed.

Guarini and Lucas Kavner took to the small stage first to growl out the brooding country-roots thumper “Brotherly Love.” If you’re a fan of Mellencamp’s darker, meatier work of recent years, you’ll love the intensity of this one, a song well-sold by the handsome young men who are the titular brothers in the musical.

La Botz will play the villain in the story, so it was appropriate that “Lounging Around in Heaven,” which La Botz performed solo, seated with his acoustic guitar, is a mockery of good and an embrace of evil.

A quartet of cast members, fronted by the angelically voiced Kate Ferber, rounded out the musical appetizer with “Home Again,” a sweet, melodic hum-along also in the country-rock vein.

While Mellencamp wasn’t on site, his guitarist, Andy York, was, and backed all but La Botz with his nimble playing.

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