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07.25.2015 - David Lindquist of the Indianapolis Star interviews John where he confirms some exciting news: "Plans to make a duets album with Carter"

"Then it’s off to Australia for more than a dozen shows"

Candid talk is a defining Mellencamp trait, and “Plain Spoken” is the name of the album he released last September. An 80-date tour to promote the album wraps up on Aug. 4 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

The Seymour, Ind., native is performing a wealth of folk and country-blues tunes in a show the 63-year-old characterizes as being “age appropriate.Read the complete article after the jump. Read More

07.24.2015 - Kelli Skye Fadroski of The Orange County Register spoke with John in a recent phone interview about his successful music career, the set list for the Plain Spoken North American tour, and Ghost Brothers of Darkland County among other topics. Read this honest interview with John after the jump. Here is an excerpt: "The 63-year-old has done it all in these past four decades, he said, by sticking true to his motto: “Try to be honest and never kiss ass.” Read More

07.22.2015 - Read Jeff Bakers full show review after the jump, here is an excerpt: This is how a classic rock legend gets it done in concert: Start with a money's-worth opening act, Carlene Carter... Hire a crack six-piece band, men and women, black and white, and rehearse them until they're tight as a bass string. Dress them like the professionals they are, in suits and dresses, and make sure they move in the country-bluegrass tradition: upstage for a solo, fall back for support, everybody forward at the big moments. Have them come out first and play you on, the way Merle Haggard and George Jones did it. Start with a couple of your strongest new tunes that show you're still relevant, mix in a few hits early on, end with a roaring river of your best stuff, peak after peak until the crowd can't take it anymore. Leave them satisfied but wanting more. Encores are for amateurs. You've played 20 songs in two hours and given more than enough. Pay close attention to everything: pacing, lighting, sound, presentation. It's about pride. You are a star. This is what you do. Own it. Read More

07.21.2015 - AXS.com's Rick Hinton writes about the end of John's 2015 North American Tour: The final concert of the North American leg of John Mellencamp’s Plain Spoken Tour arrives in Indianapolis at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Tuesday, August 4, 2015. Hometown Indiana boy Mellencamp—“The Voice of the Heartland”—will circle back to where the tour originated in January of 2015 in his home state of Indiana (South Bend) to culminate at its final show in downtown Indianapolis. Read More

07.13.2015 - One of the most important musical acts of his generation, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee John Mellencamp lives up to the billing and then some.

Read Christopher Tesmmer's complete show review after the jump. Here is an excerpt: "Mellencamp’s band was beyond reproach and clearly some of the best musicians at their respective instruments. It would be near impossible to think of any way the music or the show itself could have been improved.." Read More

07.08.2015 - The fifth and final North American leg of John Mellencamp's incredible 80 show 2015 Plain Spoken Tour kicks off this week in Canada. The final leg heads to the West Coast after 6 shows in Canada and circling back to where the tour began in John's home state of Indiana. The final performance will be held in Indianapolis, at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse on August 4th with a portion of the ticket sales being donated to the Riley Children’s Foundation, which supports Riley Hospital for Children (rileykids.org). To be part of this special end of the 2015 tour show purchase tickets HERE. Read More

06.24.2015 - Read Chery Frishman's of AXS.com complete review after the jump. Here are some excerpts: "He came out with the same charm and confidence he has always had. Mellencamp owned the stage..."

"He kept the audience hanging on every word and singing and dancing with his music..." Read More

06.19.2015 - With a voice now more gravel than sweet and a frame suggesting he has experienced every one of his 63 years, John Mellencamp and a six-member band brought the tour behind his 2014 work Plain Spoken to the Merriam Theater this past Tuesday. Bluesy, inventive and energetic, it was one of my favorite concerts so far this year. Read the Chris Sikich's complete blog review after the jump. Read More

06.14.2015 - Seeing John Mellencamp live illustrates why his latest album hit the Billboard top 20 and what likely prompted Republic Records to offer him a lifetime contract.

His songs continue to age remarkably well and sound of-the-moment, whether new or old. Read Hays Davis' complete show review after the jump. Read More

06.11.2015 - Putting John Mellencamp in an opera house seems like the proverbial bull in the china shop scenario.

The dude refers to himself as the Little Bastard, after all. And the hard-hitting heartland rock on which he's staked his reputation is more punky than Puccini, more R.O.C.K. (in the U.S.A.) than "Rigoletto." Somewhere Giuseppe Verdie may be rolling in his grave.

But Mellencamp's early two-hour show on Wednesday night, June 10, proved well-suited for the Detroit Opera House. Read the complete Detroit Opera House review after the jump. Read More

06.10.2015 - At the conclusion of his set Tuesday night at DeVos Performance Hall, John Mellencamp waxed amusingly and philosophically about nostalgia. He went on about how older folk – a camp he admits he pitches his tent in now – tend to go on and on about "old times," then followed it with a nostalgia number about nostalgia, "Cherry Bomb," a bit of delicious Midwestern corn that created many memories for people who blared their car radios in the 1980s. Read More

06.08.2015 - John Mellencamp used to feel at home playing the biggest arenas and amphitheaters that could hold him during his Rock and Roll Hall of Fame career.

Nowadays, however, the “Small Town” guy likes the smaller places.

Some of it is pragmatic, he freely acknowledges. The albums and radio play are not as abundant as they were during the multiplatinum ’80s heyday of “American Fool,” “Uh-Huh,” “Scarecrow” and “The Lonesome Jubilee.” Fortunately, however, that dovetails with a time in his life when Mellencamp, at 63, has less interest in playing the big rock shows. Read Gary Graff's complete interview after the jump. Read More


06.08.2015 - At 63, Mellencamp is far removed from the youthful roar that identified his youth – precisely why he dropped the "Cougar" from between "John" and "Mellencamp." He's touring theaters instead of arenas, writing contemplative records instead of slick, catchy ones. He claims he was never comfortable with fame. His songs have never been more sincere (although they've never been phony, even the massive, evergreen hits).

If you think this is an elaborate way of calling the guy old, well, you're wrong. He's more credible and authentic than ever – and here are five reasons why: Read More

06.05.2015 - Celebrating roughly four decades as a touring musician, John Mellencamp played to a packed house at the Overture Hall in Madison, Wis., on June 2. Touring in support of his latest album Plain Spoken, his 22nd studio release, Mellencamp’s show drew from every aspect of his accomplished career. Read Deaniel DeSlover's complete 5 Star review after the jump. Read More

02.23.2015 - When you hear the unfiltered roughness in John Mellencamp's voice during “The Isolation,” you're quickly aware that this popular roots rock singer from Indiana wasn't kidding when he titled his new album, Plain Spoken. With its added wheezy harmonica solo, Mellencamp gives this song a truly Dylan-esque sincerity. It comes off a lot like recent Dylan music, where the man has become quite the self-reflective one. Read Dan MacIntosh's complete review of Plain Spoken after the jump. Read More

01.04.2015 - The Plain Spoken tour begins on January 21st! “The Voice of the Heartland” will play 80 shows including multiple dates in the artist’s hometown of Bloomington, Indiana; Nashville, Chicago, Minneapolis, New York, and more. The special guest is Carlene Carter. The tour will kick off on January 21st in South Bend, Indiana at the Morris Performing Arts Center. The final performance held in Indianapolis at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse on August 4th is a benefit show for Riley Children’s Foundation (rileykids.org). $5.00 per ticket will be donated to the charity.

Tickets are ON SALE NOW for the entire 2015 Tour! Head to the TOUR page to learn more.

Read the complete press release and see the tour dates after the jump. Read More

11.21.2014 - John Mellencamp's new album Plain Spoken is now available from Republic Records and will be followed by an 80 city North American Tour starting in January. This is his 22nd full-length album and first release for Republic Records. Plain Spoken includes ten stunningly elegant and soul-searching Americana gems from “The Voice of the Heartland”, John Mellencamp, while celebrating his skill not just as a song craftsman but as a world-class entertainer.

Learn more about Plain Spoken, including the track listing and read the incredible lyrics HERE. Read More

11.20.2014 - Watch John's latest music video for "Troubled Man" from his new album Plain Spoken
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09.23.2014 - We are VERY excited about John's tour and new album Plain Spoken! John will be performing a number of these incredible new songs on his 80-city North American Tour. The shows on this tour will feature both classics and new material. It will be a night filled with incredible music, words, and performances.

GET TO KNOW THESE SONGS BEFORE THE TOUR! We want to remind you that included with each ticket you purchased for the 2015 North American Tour is a digital download of the new album, so DOWNLOAD YOURS TODAY! If you bought multiple tickets, be sure to share your extra digital download codes with your family, friends and co-workers! And if you have already purchased your tickets and haven't received your digital download codes, email help@mellencamp.com for downloading assistance!

Ticket buyers will receive an email once the album has been released and the download is ready. Purchases after Sept. 23 will receive the download within 7 days of order. One download code per ticket for online and phone purchases only; does not apply to box office or outlet ticket purchases. This promotion is available until August 4th, 2015 and is valid for United States and Canadian residents only. Read More

09.09.2014 - Myplaydirect.com is offering an exclusive John Mellencamp Ultimate Signed Bundle that includes a Plain Spoken Vinyl, a John Mellencamp Crosley Record Player, and a SIGNED Plain Spoken Lyric Packet (limited to 300).

INTERNATIONAL NOTE: MyPlayDirect.com is taking orders from buyers outside of North America for Plain Spoken and the Ultimate Signed Bundle!

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