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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

02.18.2015 - Read Andy Argyrakis' complete review of the February 17th show at the Chicago Theatre after the jump. Here are some excerpts: " “If I Die Sudden” that found Mellencamp flexing those creative muscles the furthest as he firmly plucked the six string, dipped deep into a low southern register and practically summoned the ghost of that very Man In Black..."

" the troubadour’s fondness for taking risks, the closing segment was the reward for everyone who supported his 40 million album-selling commercial prime..."

"Mellencamp has always shot straight from the heart..." Read More

02.17.2015 - Kevin Grogan, director and curator of the museum, said that although a German Expressionist influence is evident in Mellencamp’s work, the artwork can’t be categorized as one specific style. He also said the “American Dreams” exhibition in Augusta is the last scheduled museum showing of the artwork.

“The thing about Mellencamp’s work that is so great for education is that his paintings all have stories in them, and they are layered stories and the characters are all prominent in his paintings,” Coffman said. “I think his work really lends itself to that storytelling process. Most of the people really liked it. The people that might have not liked it might have said: ‘Well, I don’t think I want that hanging in my house.’ But I think for us the thing that was so cool about Mellencamp was the people really engaged in the art work, and that is important, at least from an educator’s point of view.” Read More

02.16.2015 - Mellencamp kicked off the show with “Lawless Times" off his 2014 album “Plain Spoken,” followed up by another new song, “Troubled Man.” From there it was a 30 year hop back to 1985 for “Minutes to Memories.” On the latter song, Mellencamp seemed to be channeling Tom Waits, singing with a raspy voice that perfectly matched the song’s beaten down lyrics. Read Joe Lawler's of Juice Magazine's complete Civic Center review after the jump. Read More

02.12.2015 - I’ve studied the Gospel of John before but always from afar, relying only on what I heard remotely.

Finally I had the opportunity to study it in person, to see and hear up close and confirm the messages I’d received previously.

In a way, you could call my trip to study the Gospel of John a pilgrimage. It was something I needed to do at least once in my lifetime.

I finally did Feb. 4, when I traveled to Bloomington. Read Kirk Johannesen complete "Rock & Roll Sermon" after the jump. Read More

02.10.2015 - Read Kendra Meinert's of the Press Gazette complete review after the jump. Here are some excerpts: "Like a well-worn leather jacket from those days outside the Cherry Bomb, Mellencamp's music felt as timeless as it did nostalgic..."

"At 63, there's a grizzled quality to Mellencamp's vocals that gives added weight to the richness of his words, particularly for an artist who finds himself pondering his own mortality in his music these days..." Read More

02.08.2015 - John paid tribute to Bob Dylan at Friday Night's MusiCares event. Here is a description of John's performance by USA Today: "The musical high point in a night of many highlights was probably John Mellencamp’s interpretation of “Highway 61 Revisited”; with a vocal tone and timbre that channeled Tom Waits’, he made this usually scorching rocker into a blues dirge. Never has Mellencamp sounded so artful..."

MusiCares provides a safety net of critical assistance for music people in times of need, services and resources cover a wide range of financial, medical and personal emergencies. After the star studded lineup paid tribute to Dylan, Bob himself accepted the honor with one of the longest and most impassioned speeches of his career.

Bob closed his speech with his support and appreciation for MusiCares which included a very touching mention of John, as transcribed by the LA Times: "And then one day he got sick. And like my friend John Mellencamp would sing -- because John sang some truth today -- one day you get sick and you don't get better. That's from a song of his called "Life is Short Even on Its Longest Days." It's one of the better songs of the last few years, actually. I ain't lying.." Read More

02.06.2015 - Farm Aid co-founders Willie Nelson and John Mellencamp last night announced that the 30th annual Farm Aid celebration will take place this year on Sept. 19 (no city or venue yet announced). The pair represented Farm Aid at the 17th annual GRAMMY Foundation® Legacy Concert, where the GRAMMY Foundation honored the organization for its ability to harness the power of music for social change as the longest running concert for a cause. People who wish to support Farm Aid's Music Preservation Project and find out more can do so online at Read the complete article after the jump.

Watch "A look at Farm Aid's thirty years of history working to keep family farmers on the land." Read More

02.05.2015 - Read Marcela Creps of the Bloomington Herald Times complete Indiana University Auditorium show review after the jump. Here are some excerpts: "Particularly stunning was his performance of “The Full Catastrophe...”

"Mellencamp proves that some things improve with age..." Read More

02.01.2015 - Read Chuck Yarborough's of The Cleveland Plain Dealer complete review from last's night show at the Connor Theatre in Playhouse Square after the jump. Here are some excerpts: "The show-opening "Lawless Times,'' "Troubled Man'' and especially "The Isolation of Mister'' spotlight a poet who wisely used the years between youth and middle his 60s - Mellencamp is now 63 - to become the absolute master of songwriting..."

" the man's gift not just with a melody, but with lyrics that don't just tell a story; they capture a feeling..." Read More

02.01.2015 - "Mellencamp’s racked dozens of hits over the last three decades (the 2004 two-disc retrospective Words & Music is a perfect gateway for the uninitiated). And starting with late ‘90s fare like Rough Harvest and ‘00s discs Trouble No More and Freedom’s Road, he’s only gotten better at distilling American culture into four-minute, acoustic guitar-driven masterpieces. Grizzled yet grungy, the sexagenarian Mellencamp is a little Woody Guthrie, a pinch of Pete Seeger, and a bit of Bob Dylan rolled into one ferocious firecracker..." Read the 5 Star review of John's Playhouse Square show on January 31st in Cleveland, Ohio after the jump. Read More

01.28.2015 - This month, the Morris Museum of Art in Augusta, Ga., opened an exhibit of 50 paintings by John Mellencamp. Read Ellen Gamerman's complete interview with John after the jump. “I don’t know if we’re really painters, but we paint,” Mr. Mellencamp said of prominent musicians who are stepping up to the easel. The artist, who works in a corrugated-tin studio just down the road from his home in Indiana, said creative people can find expression in more than one medium: “If you really are open to painting every day, surely you’re going to step onto something great once in a while. Surely a blind pig can find an acorn every now and then...”

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01.24.2015 - Jeffrey Lee Puckett of The Courier Journal reviews John's sold out second show on the 2015 Plain Spoken Tour at the Louisville Palace. Here is an excerpt: "Launching into “Small Town,” and it was all over at that moment: The room was his, we were a family of fans, a collection of lawless women and troubled men celebrating a moment when everything felt pretty great despite the long odds..." Read the complete review after the jump. Read More

01.22.2015 - Read Andrew Hughes of the South Bend Tribune complete review of John's opening night on the 2015 Plain Spoken Tour at the Morris Performing Arts Center after the jump. Here are some excerpts: "With 2008’s “Life, Death, Love and Freedom,” 2010’s “No Better Than This” and the September release of “Plain Spoken,” Mellencamp has delivered three of the finest albums of his career..."

"A rock band playing with maximum passion and communal bonding with the audience..."

"79 dates ahead to mine the roots of American music and investigate what it means to live and die..." 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 ( $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

01.04.2015 - 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! Read More

01.03.2015 - Rock N Roll Hall Of Famer John Mellencamp gets personal in a unique interview with Jann Wenner, the publisher of Rolling Stone Magazine, for National Public Television’s new series Speakeasy. Filmed at The McKittrick Hotel in New York City in October 2014, John answers questions and discusses his early days as Johnny Cougar, his work with Stephen King, Farm Aid, his recently released new album Plain Spoken and work as a painter. Mellencamp’s candid conversation also explores his philosophy on success, what drives his passion for expression and his uncompromising creative will. Click "read more" for a complete list of stations airing Speakeasy. Find Speakeasy on Facebook and their official website Speakeasy-TV. Be sure to check local listings for start dates & times. Watch the preview clip of the episode below.

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01.02.2015 - The Morris Museum of Art, located on the Riverwalk in Downtown Augusta, Georgia, will exhibit "American Dreams: Paintings by John Mellencamp" from January 11th through April 12th 2015. The exhibit will include 50 oil and mixed-media paintings, including several never-before seen by the public. For more information on the showing, click HERE. Mellencamp’s paintings have been exhibited previously at the Tennessee State Museum, the Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown, Ohio, and most recently at the Museum of Art in Deland, Florida. 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 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 - 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: 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

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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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 Read the complete press release and track listings after the jump

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