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10.29.2014 - Stephen King and John Mellencamp were in Orono Tuesday promoting their musical, Ghost Brothers of Darkland County. TV5’s Caitlin Burchill sat down with the two greats to talk about the play, among other things. Watch the video interview HERE on WABI TV. Read the text from the interview after the jump. Read More

10.27.2014 - The full cast has been announced for the 2014 Fall Tour of the southern Gothic, supernatural Musical Ghost Brothers of Darkland County featuring Actor/Writer/Producer Billy Burke (The Twilight Saga) and Actress/Writer/Singer Gina Gershon (Killer Joe, House of Versace, Boeing, Boeing) in the lead roles. Ghost Brothers of Darkland Countywas written by best-selling author Stephen King, with music by Rock and Roll Hall of Famer John Mellencamp, and musical direction by Grammy Award-winning T Bone Burnett. Please note, John does not perform as part of the show.

The tour kicks off right outside Bangor, ME at the Collins Center For The Arts in Orono, ME, on November 8, before travelling through cities such as Toronto, Chicago, New York, and Los Angeles.

For ticketing information, please visit aeglive.com or ghostbrothersofdarklandcounty.com and our Ghost Brothers mini site. Read the complete touring cast press release on Mellencamp.com Read More

10.24.2014 - There hasn't been a "Cougar" in John Mellencamp's name for nearly 25 years, but that doesn't mean his feistiness has gone away.

The Seymour, Ind. born Mellencamp, 63, hates being idle, still smokes cigarettes 20 years after a heart attack and refuses to stop rockin' out for his fans in the Midwest and beyond.

"If I’m not taking any risks, I’m not having any fun," Mellencamp told MLive.com over the phone Wednesday. "Playing it safe is for sissies."

Ghost Brothers of Darkland County the supernatural, gothic production stars Billy Burke and Gina Gershon and will make a Nov. 26 stop at Detroit's Fisher Theater.

Eric Lacy of MLive.com caught up with Mellencamp to get details about his latest project which he created the music and lyrics for his fondest Detroit memories and much, much more. Read the complete interview after the jump. Read More


10.20.2014 - Listen to "Lawless Times," "The Brass Ring," and "Troubled Man" on The Alternate Root three incredible tracks off of Plain Spoken. Read the complete review after the jump. Here are some excerpts: "Dusty Americana sweeps across thunder clouds of rhythm set against the dark background of electric guitar..."

"John Mellencamp sings as the lead character in his songs and that potential for personal has the songs as stories told by a friend..." Read More

10.20.2014 - John Mellencamp recently joined host David Dye for a session of NPR's World Cafe radio show. The session included John playing and discussing songs from his new album Plain Spoken. The episode will debut on Tuesday, October 28, 2014. It can be heard on over 200 NPR stations nationwide, check local listings. Online and worldwide the show can be streamed at 2 PM EST. The show will be made available for on demand listening HERE after it streams live Read More

10.10.2014 - Jim Abbott of the Orlando Sentinel spoke with John on Thursday, Oct 9th during a press conference at The Museum of Art Deland about his art and current exhibit "The Paintings of John Mellencamp" opening on Friday, Oct. 10th. The exhibition will contain roughly 50 oil and mixed media paintings, showcasing recent works of art never before exhibited at other museums. Read the complete interview after the jump. Read More

10.10.2014 - John talks about his life and art at a press conference at the Museum of Art - DeLand on Thursday, October 9th. "The Paintings of John Mellencamp" opens today, October 10th through December 28th. . The exhibition will contain roughly 50 oil and mixed media paintings, showcasing recent works of art never before exhibited at other museums. Read the complete interview and view photos of John during the press conference and some of his paintings on Daytona Beach News Journal site. Read More

10.09.2014 - "Since 1932, ACA Galleries has championed art with a social message, and John Mellencamp continues this tradition. His powerful paintings speak to the plight of humanity: a voice that is especially relevant in our time.” – Jeffrey Bergen, chairman ACA Galleries, New York.

“The Paintings of John Mellencamp,” which currently is touring the country exhibiting more than 40 works of art opens Friday, Oct. 10, at the museum’s DeLand Downtown location and will continue through Dec. 28.



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10.07.2014 - Read Jay Robert's compelling 5 out of 5 star review after the jump. Here are some excerpts:"There’s not a lot of extraneous noise in the songs. The “formula” seems to be steeped in the “Keep It Simple” standard. This allows for the music and lyrics to be the focus, instead of being the afterthought of the bells and whistles..."

"I’ve held the Mellencamp albums The Lonesome Jubilee and Human Wheels as the prime examples of the artist at his best. But Plain Spoken should be added to that list. It is an example of what music can do when in the hands of someone at the height of their craft. It is startling brilliant collection of songs that can connect with listeners on a deeply emotional level..."

"Plainly stated, Plain Spoken is magnificent..."

"Mellencamp has written and recorded a sublimely brilliant album..." Read More

10.03.2014 - Just as John was getting ready to promote his new release Plain Spoken he had a life changing experience. In the early 1950s, most babies born with spina bifida did not live long. But singer John Mellencamp survived after a pioneering operation. Last month, after more than 60 years, he finally met the doctor who saved him, reports CBS News correspondent Anthony Mason. Last month, at the Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis,

Watch the video interview below and read the full article with John's performance of "Troubled Man" after the jump.


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09.26.2014 - John performed "Troubled Man" with Andy York and Miriam Sturm in accompaniment on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, Thursday, September 25th. One of his many media appearances in support of the new release Plain Spoken. John sat in with The Roots band and played classic Mellencamp songs in and out of commercial breaks. Watch the entire episode HERE

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09.26.2014 - John appeared on The Today Show in support of his new release Plain Spoken. He spoke with Matt Lauer, about the release, his career, and on being "age appropriate". Watch the classic "Small Town" below and check out his "Troubled Land" performance and interview after the jump.

"Small Town" Live On The Today Show
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09.26.2014 - It's no surprise John Mellencamp who is known for his candor called his new album, released Sept. 23 on Republic, Plain Spoken. The rock'n'roots legend, who turns 63 on Oct. 7, continues to be an open book on everything from his new lifetime recording contract to an invaluable lesson he learned from James Brown. Read Chuck Arnold's interview with John after the jump. Read More

09.24.2014 - On Wednesday morning, September 24th John appeared on the Howard Stern Show to promote his new release Plain Spoken.  List to the interview HERE and read the highlights from the live interview HERE on HowardStern.com Read More

09.23.2014 - 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.

INTERNATIONAL RELEASE DATES: Plain Spoken is available in many European and Scandinavian as well as Japan and Australia. Read More

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

09.23.2014 - At 62, John Mellencamp has spent his nearly 40-year career figuring out exactly where he fits in the American grain, and he’s never inhabited traditional folk and blues-imbued settings as personally as on his 22nd album. Singing with gruff directness, the recent divorcé deals with relationship struggles (the somber “Tears in Vain”), as well as broader societal and moral worry (the hard-driving “Lawless Times”). He recorded the album in Indiana with executive production by T Bone Burnett, who has brought his stripped-down approach to Mellencamp’s recent albums. “I don’t trust myself, I don’t trust you,” he intones darkly. It’s a lonely old night, as he used to sing, and a raw one. Read More

09.22.2014 - On Tuesday, Jim Kerr sat down with John to talk about his new album, as well as share some needle drops of new tracks from the album, and he even surprised the crowd with a performance that included "Small Town," "Troubled Man," and "Jack & Diane." Listen to the interview HERE and watch John's performance of "Jack & Diane," "Small Town," and "Troubled Man" on iHeart.com.  Read More

09.22.2014 - On Monday, John did a live 30 minutes interview with Marc Lamont Hill at HuffPost Live. You can watch it HERE.

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09.21.2014 - Watch John's latest music video for "Troubled Man" from his new album Plain Spoken
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09.19.2014 - The rock icon talks with Esquire's Dan Hyman about his decades-long career, not giving a shit, the dangers of the Internet, and his grandfather's advice. Read this compelling interview after the jump. Here are some excerpts " I have a bunch of information in my head that I'm not afraid to put in song or onto a canvas..."

"What I'm drawing from now and what I was drawing from as a kid are totally two different things. Because what kind of person's interests stay the same their entire life?..." Read More

09.19.2014 - USA Today's Elysa Gardner spoke with John about his new album. Read the complete piece after the jump. Here is an excerpt: "I didn't sit down and decide I was going to make an album about certain topics," says Mellencamp, 62, of the release, out Tuesday. "My mind is just open to ideas. I don't understand when people talk about having writer's block. I think, you're thinking too much! Just let it come to you." Read More

09.18.2014 - Read Melissa Locker's interview with John about his new album Plain Spoken, his career, The Bachelor, and why rock has been dead for a long time after the jump. Read More

09.10.2014 - John Mellencamp has announced dates for his upcoming Plain Spoken tour beginning in January 2015 throughout the summer. “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

09.10.2014 - There is a limited number of Diamond Ticket Packages remaining  for John's 2015 Plain Spoken Tour, so be sure to act fast before they are gone -- many shows packages have already sold out! The Diamond Packages are amazing seats with exclusive and limited edition commemorative items and are THE way to get an up-close and personal experience with John and the band! To be part of this intimate experience click HERE to learn more about the Diamond Package! Put a Diamond Package at the top of your holiday wishlist!

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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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09.08.2014 - Four years after his last record, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer John Mellencamp is back with more stirring songs about American life in his newest album, Plain Spoken.

You can listen to the record’s second track, “Sometimes There’s God,” exclusively on Parade.com

The melancholy song about struggling with religion joins nine other thoughtfully crafted, rustic tracks on Plain Spoken, Mellencamp’s 22nd full-length studio album that comes almost 40 years after his first album’s release.

"Sometimes There's God"


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08.18.2014 - John will return from a four-year recording hiatus on September 23rd with Plain Spoken, his first album under a groundbreaking "lifetime contract" with Republic Records. Listen to an exclusive stream of its lead single, the acoustic guitar-driven "Troubled Man" on RollingStone.com Read More

07.18.2014 - Read Andy Greene's of Rolling Stone magazine complete review after the jump. Here are some excerpts "excellent live album..."

"Just 11 years later, the concert already feels like a time capsule of a bygone era...” Read More

06.16.2014 - John Mellencamp Performs Trouble No More Live At Town Hall documents John performing material from his 2003 studio album Trouble No More, a collection of classic folk and blues songs that had been an inspiration to and influence on Mellencamp. The live album comes from a July 31, 2003 New York City show at Town Hall, one of only two shows performed upon the release of Trouble No More. The album, to be released on July 8, 2014, features many of the songs from the Trouble No More album as well as rootsy versions of  "Small Town" "Paper In Fire" and "Pink Houses" along with an inspired cover of "Highway 61 Revisited."

The CD and digital audio packages both feature the complete 15-song concert, while the vinyl LP highlights 10 performances from the show are available now at Amazon.com Read the complete press release and track listings after the jump

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