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06.27.2016 - John Mellencamp, along with over 200 other artists, music-industry executives and Billboard Magazine, have signed an Open Letter To Congress: Stop Gun Violence Now. The open letter is the front and back cover of the current issue of Billboard Magazine. John's signature and the Open Letter can be seen HERE. Complete details after the jump. Read More

06.22.2016 - The Wall Street Journal’s Friday Arena section has a regular feature called Anatomy of a Song, which deconstructs the creation of memorable musical performances, WSJ writer Marc Myers breaks down "Small Town" this week. Originally written by John as a valentine to his hometown of Seymour, Ind., “Small Town” reached No. 6 on Billboard’s pop chart in early ’86 while “Scarecrow” climbed to No. 2 on the album chart.

John looked back on the song’s evolution in a recent interview. :Read the entire article after the jump or on the WSJ Website . Read More

06.20.2016 - Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young, Dave Matthews, Sturgill Simpson and Alabama Shakes to headline Farm Aid 2016

Farm Aid announced today that its annual food and music festival will take place on Saturday, Sept. 17, at Jiffy Lube Live in Bristow, Va., with tickets on sale to the public on Monday, June 27. will be offering a limited number of tickets, including covered reserved seats, non-roof covered reserved seats and general admission lawn tickets in a free member pre-sale on Thursday, June 23rd beginning at 10 AM ET through Monday, June 26th ending at 10 PM, or whenever our allotment runs out - supplies are limited. The pre-sale tickets will be offered through Live Nation using a password posted on the TOUR page for logged in members. Read More

06.06.2016 - Rock and Roll Hall of Famer John Mellencamp’s two-night, sold out run at the legendary The Chicago Theatre was a stand out on his critically-acclaimed Plain Spoken Tour, and the iconic artist will return to the venue when the tour resumes its final leg this Fall. The one-night-only performance is set to take place Tuesday, October 25, doors at 6:30pm and show time 7:30pm, with support from Carlene Carter and the show will be filmed in its entirety.

Tickets for this show, including Diamond Ticket Packages, are on sale to the general public Fri., June 10 at 10am local time. There will be a pre-sale for this show beginning Wednesday, June 8th @10 AM thru June 9th @ 10 PM (Local Venue Time). Learn how to join and access our pre-sales HERE. Read the complete press release after the jump. Read More

06.05.2016 - John Mellencamp’s Plain Spoken Tour has been called “a triumphant, career-spanning show” (Hollywood Reporter) and a “superb performance…still full of fiery defiance” (Boston Globe). Following a run of more than 100 sold-out shows, Mellencamp announced today the seventh and final leg of the Plain Spoken tour, with support artist Carlene Carter, kicking off October 11 at the Hanover Theater in Worcester, MA.

Plain Spoken Tour
Tickets on sale Fri., April 29 at 10am local time unless otherwise noted.
Tues 11-Oct Worcester, MA The Hanover Theatre
Wed 12-Oct Utica, NY The Stanley Theatre
Fri14-Oct Wilkes-Barre, PA FM Kirby Center
Sat 15-Oct Atlantic City, NJ Borgata Event Center
Tues 18-Oct Hershey, PA Hershey Theatre
Wed 19-Oct Akron, OH Akron Civic Theatre
Fri 21-Oct Toledo, OH Stranahan Theatre
Sat 22-Oct Niagara Falls, NY Seneca Niagara Casino
Tues 25-Oct Chicago, IL The Chicago Theatre
Wed 26-Oct Richmond, KY EKU Center For The Arts
Fri 28-Oct Columbia, MO Jesse Auditorium
Sun 30-Oct Ames, IA Stephens Auditorium
Tue 1-Nov Lincoln, NE Lied Center for the Performing Arts
Wed 2-Nov Sioux Falls, SD Washington Pavilion
Fri 4-Nov Grand Forks, ND Chester Fritz Auditorium
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05.12.2016 - Just in time for Father's Day five John Mellencamp albums have been scheduled for reissue on 180-gram vinyl LPs on June 10 by Mercury/UMe. New lacquers for American Fool, Uh-Huh, Scarecrow, The Lonesome Jubilee, and Big Daddy were cut from their original analog master tapes by Chris Bellman at Bernie Grundman Mastering, with the vinyl LPs manufactured by Record Industry. The albums are available now, individually and gathered in a limited edition 5-LP vinyl box set, The Vinyl Collection 1982-1989. Read the complete press release after the jump.

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04.29.2016 - On Wednesday night, April 27th John accepted the prestigious ASCAP Founders Award at the 33rd annual ASCAP Pop Music Awards. Here are some excerpts from his speech: “I never thought about being a songwriter,” said Mellencamp, accepting the ASCAP Founders Award, at the 33rd annual ASCAP Pop Music Awards. “So, when I got a record deal I thought I was just going to sing and they said: ‘No you got to write songs.'”

“Good thing for me back then there was a thing called artist development, where an artist could find himself and his voice,” the honoree added. Read's complete article on the evening after the jump. Read More

04.28.2016 - ASCAP’s highest honor, The Founders Award, went to John Mellencamp for his exceptional contributions to music. Talk show host Tavis Smiley, who presented the award, gave a moving introduction about Mellencamp’s “Authority Song” being the anthem that he and fellow students at Indiana University-- in Mellencamp's hometown of Bloomington -- adopted as they protested the death of a black student named Denver Smith, who was killed by white officers after they shot him six times in the back.

In a passionate speech, Mellencamp talked about “growing up in public with my songwriting. It was a good thing for me back then, in the early ‘70s, that there was a thing called artist development, when artists could find themselves and their voice,” he said. “I think I made five or six albums before I sold five or six albums. Lucky for me I came along at that time. Now, today, there is no artist development and I’m not sure I’d want to become a songwriter today."

Mellencamp called for the industry to come together to stop free music on the Internet before more damage is done. “If not, then the quality of songwriting and the quality of music and the quality of the future of young songwriters is going to diminish down to nothing important and it’s just going to be no artist development and our business will shrink to “do you remember when.'" He then performed “Longest Days” from his 2008 album, Life, Death, Love and Freedom. Read More

04.28.2016 - John’s granddaughter joins him for a segment during which he talks about an award from ASCAP, working with Bob Dylan, playing his old songs and performs an acoustic version of Jack & Diane

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04.21.2016 - General public tickets will go on sale Friday, April 29th for the Fall 2016 Plain Spoken Tour! Watch's TOUR page closely for updates.

We will once again be offering pre-sale ticket access for free members of Learn how to join and use our pre-sales HERE. Pre-sales begin on Wednesday, April  27th at 10:00 AM local time and last through Thursday, April 28th at 10:00 PM, (except Worcester will begin May 4th @ 10:00 AM local time and last through May 5th @ 10:00 PM. Niagara Falls, NY will be May 18th @ 10:00 AM local time and last through May 19th @10 PM local time) Ticket limit will be 6 tickets per website member per show..

Will go on sale Wednesday, April 27th at at 10:00 AM local time (except Worcester which will begin Wednesday, May 4th @ 10:00 AM local time. - LEARN MORE. Package limit is 6 per person per show.

The general public ticket on-sale for all shows is scheduled for Friday, April 29th at 10:00 AM local time (except Hershey & Lincoln at 12:00 PM local, Worcester May 6th @ 10:00 AM local time, Niagara Falls, NY May 20th @12 PM local )

Purchase links will be available on's TOUR page.

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04.21.2016 - Each ticket package includes one concert ticket - price includes all fees and service charges except for facility fees - Limit of 6 packages/tickets per order. Each package includes:

• One Amazing Top Price Reserved Ticket in the First Ten (10) Rows *
• One Limited Edition, Silkscreened John Mellencamp Art Work Poster (Designed Exclusively for the Plain Spoken Tour)
• One Exclusive John Mellencamp VIP Gift (Created Exclusively for Diamond Package Purchasers)
• One Commemorative John Mellencamp VIP Tour Laminate
* Venue seating configurations can vary market-by-market

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04.20.2016 - "I never expected to win awards," says John Mellencamp, who has nonetheless accumulated a bunch of them. "I'm just always trying to be a better songwriter." John spoke with Elysa Gardner of USA Today about the 33rd annual ASCAP Pop Music Awards in Los Angeles, the Grammy winner, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member and recipient of the Americana Music Association's Lifetime Achievement Award will add another prize to his collection: the Founders Award, the top honor assigned by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. Read the complete interview after the jump. Read More

02.23.2016 - The Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, located in Peekskill, NY, has a history of exhibitions that feature artists from the international community, some with established careers and stellar reputations as well as those just emerging onto the art stage. ‘WORD’ is HVCCA’s first exhibition purposed to highlight talented regional artists who prominently feature ‘a word’ or ‘words’ in their artistic. John, whose paintings often feature single words, phrases or full sentences, will have his work shocased as part of the exhibit. The exhibit will be on view from Feb. 27th -July 31st. Visit the HVCCA website for more information. Read the complete press release after the jump. Read More

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