10.05.2015 - It was announced today that John Mellencamp is among the A-list contenders nominated for the 2016 Songwriters Hall of Fame. Winners will be inducted next June in New York City. Eligible members have until Dec. 11 to submit their votes for three non-performing nominees, two performing nominees and one deceased nominee. Not a member? To be able to vote in the election please join
HERE. Read the complete list of nominee's after the jump. Read More
10.01.2015 - We are pleased to announce the first one man show at the prestigious ACA Galleries in New York City, John Mellencamp: The Isolation of Mister exhibition runs from October 22nd through to December 19, 2015. The list of giants of American art whose careers were established or advanced by ACA Galleries would cover several pages. They are artists who have had something to say; a social conscience to express; a radical concept of art to advocate. Mellencamp found his visual voice in Expressionism. The German Expressionism of the early twentieth century, with its anguish over human brutality and corruption, spoke to Mellencamp’s deep feelings about social justice. Mellencamp’s imagery thus takes its inspiration from the same sources as his music: the struggles of the working man and woman, oppressive authority and social struggle. Read more about the 80 years of Advocacy for American Art on the ACA Gallery Website and read the complete press release after the jump. Please note: There is no entry fee for the exhibition
09.25.2015 - Read Tom Duffy's complete 10 takeaways from Farm Aid 30, which drew an estimated 26,000 fans to the FirstMerit Bank Pavilion at Chicago’s Northerly Island article after the jump. Number 8. Mellencamp offered the most hit-laden set of the day with direct relevance to Farm Aid’s cause. Top 10 Hot 100 tracks like “Small Town” and “Rain on the Scarecrow” sounded as great as in 1985, the year Farm Aid began. As with all the artists, but particularly striking for Mellencamp, stark, beautiful and massive photos of America’s farms were projected behind his band -- the work of photographers Patty O'Brien, Audra Mulkern, Sandi Whitmore, Rod Gerst and David Sowa and the lighting/projection team led by Jason Robinson. Read More
09.21.2015 - Farm Aid celebrated its 30th Anniversary with its annual concert this past Saturday (Sept. 19) in Chicago at the FirstMerit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island. John's rocking performance was a highlight of a day packed with great music. The full lineup included: Farm Aid board members Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young and Dave Matthews (performing with Tim Reynolds), along with Imagine Dragons, Jack Johnson, Kacey Musgraves, Mavis Staples, Jamey Johnson, Old Crow Medicine Show, Holly Williams, Lukas Nelson & the Promise of the Real, Insects vs Robots, Ian Mellencamp and Blackwood Quartet! See more coverage and learn more at FarmAid.org. Watch John's complete performance in this YouTube video, after the jump we have a larger size video.
09.21.2015 - Number One: Best Blue Collar Spirit: John Mellencamp:
John Mellencamp has always seemed to relate to the average Joe American.
Maybe it's his small-town roots or down-home upbringing, but the Indiana rocker
is a blue-collar worker at heart. To that end, he has and continues to perfectly
embody the Farm Aid spirit. "Can't trust the police/With their guns or their
nights/My, my these are lawless times," he intoned with a cigarette-stained
growl on his set-opening "Lawless Times." Hits like "Small Town" and "Pink
Houses," both unleashed at Farm Aid, may have a more upbeat sentiment, but
Mellencamp is no naïve fool. As the man dressed in black professed on the Farm
Aid-appropriate "Rain on the Scarecrow:" "This land fed a nation this land made
me proud/And son I'm just sorry there's no legacy for you now." Read the complete "15 Best Things We Saw At Farm Aid 2015" after the jump. Read More
09.17.2015 - Willie Nelson and John Mellencamp stopped by Stephen Colbert’s Late Show last
night. Following a brief interview, the pair teamed up for a performance of the Willie’s classic 1965 song "Night Life." The pair used the slot as a final tune-up ahead of the 30th anniversary of Farm Aid, which takes place this Saturday (Sept. 19) in Chicago. After the jump we have links to watch the full episode online and read media coverage.
09.08.2015 - John Mellencamp is set to guest-star on Season 14 of the animated television series “Family Guy” appearing on the October 25th episode. Mellencamp, will play an animated version of himself and perform an original song in the season premiere on September 27th on Fox. Click
HERE to read the other guest-stars appearing on Season 14 of the "Family Guy." Check your local listings for channel and time. Read More
09.05.2015 - Before the No Depression movement gained recognition, before the soundtrack
to O Brother, Where Art Thou? temporarily resurrected folk music in pop culture,
and before Robert Plant won acclaim for his collaboration with Alison Krauss,
Mellencamp scored commercial hits on rock and pop radio with songs that not only
contained but prominently featured the violin, accordion, banjo, Dobro, and
other traditional instruments. Those who classify Mellencamp simply as Americana
are mistaken. Read the excerpt from "Mellencamp: American Troubadour" by David Masciotra after the jump. Read More
08.08.2015 - Proceeds from the final stop on John Mellencamp's U.S. tour in Indianapolis
Tuesday went to the Riley Hospital for Children. It was a way for the singer to
pay back the hospital that saved his life nearly 64 years ago, CBS News' Anthony
"Troubled Man" is the lead single of Mellencamp's latest album. His troubles
started right at birth.
But for most of his 63 years, the singer knew little about the surgery he had
as a newborn. Watch the video below and read the complete article after the jump.
07.31.2015 - In honor of Mellencamp’s August 4th date at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, the final show of a tour that has made a number of Indiana stops already, Jeff Vrabel, a freelance music writer for such outlets as GQ, Men's Health, Billboard and more compiled a scattered, highly unscientific, and 100 percent debatable list of Mellencamp’s best Hoosier concerts over the past four decades for the current issue of
Indianapolis Monthly. As you might suspect, the list is culled from minutes and memories, so if yours are different, you can comment on the article online. Here are his choices, presented in chronological order "because we can’t really rank them. Well, except for maybe that one.." Read the 10 Greatest Indiana Shows 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
07.21.2015 - 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
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
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
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
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