12.05.2013 - The end of the year double issue of Rolling Stone Magazine features a multi-page article about John. Entitled "John Mellencamp: My Life In 15 Songs," the article finds John reflecting back on his career by telling stories surrounding 15 notable songs from his catalog. The issue, dated Dec. 19 with Will Ferrell/Ron Burgundy on the cover, is hitting store shelves now! Read More
12.03.2013 - John was recently interviewed about his paintings by Lilly Wei for Studio International. The interview took place at the opening of John's exhibit of 40 paintings at the Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown, Ohio, which runs from November 3, 2013 to January 12, 2014.
Be sure to visit Studio International's website to view the gallery of John's paintings that accompany the article. The complete article is available after the jump. Read More
12.01.2013 - John Mellencamp 1978 – 2012, a uniquely comprehensive boxed set collection
covering the legendary singer/songwriter’s principal studio albums, will be
released by Universal Music Enterprises on December 10. Pre-orders now at
www.amazon.com ensure holiday delivery. The collection consists of a total of 19
CDs originally released over a recording career that spans 35 years.
11.19.2013 - In The Studio with Redbeard, a nationally syndicated radio program, celebrates Uh-Huh as part of their series "The Stories Behind History's Greatest Rock Bands." The special which includes music from the album along with a 1983 interview from the time of the albums release, will be airing on radio stations nationwide beginning this week (find
your local station) or you can stream the interview portion of the program online
HERE, it includes a rare live acoustic version of "Pink Houses". Read More
11.13.2013 - Longtime guitarist Mike Wanchic tells Brian Ives of Radio.com, "Mellencamp began wrestling creative control from record labels and managers on American Fool. Read the entire interview after the jump. Here are some excerpts: “That was the band, that was the sound, that was what took us to the heights that we reached. That was the core sound that we followed all the way through the ’90s: guitar, bass, drums. We’ve always been a guitar-driven band...”
“When we put together a show today, we try to project not only who we were, but who we are now. We’re still relevant, we’re still making records, we’re not a band who is purely living on their legacy...” Read More
11.08.2013 - Read Jeff Giles of
Ultimate Classic Rock , exclusive conversation with Mellencamp bandleader Mike Wanchic. Here are some excerpts: "an album that cemented his rock-star status while flashing the fierce populist streak that would come to define his music..."
“When we had success with ‘American Fool,’ it was just validation that we weren’t crazy,” says Wanchic. “We were actually doing what we set out to do — we were finally the best we could be..."
"What we ended up with was something we felt was a very clean, clear representation of who we are — which is, in my opinion, the only way you can really sustain a long career...”
"Fortunately for Wanchic and the other members of Mellencamp’s band, they had a boss that — in Wanchic’s words — “bends to no one...” Read More
11.06.2013 - Legendary recording artist John Mellencamp, has added his voice to a campaign launched by VeteransMatter.org to find permanent housing for homeless military veterans and their families. Public service announcements will air on radio stations in 110 markets across the United States from Nov. 1 through Veteran’s Day, Nov. 11.
You can help say “Welcome Home” to veterans in need by taking action at
www.VeteransMatter.org/broadcast to access PSAs, videos and images from the
campaign and the other artists involved that can be used for your radio, television, podcasts, and
social media. Please read the complete Press Release after the jump.
11.05.2013 - The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards, will take place at Wynn Las Vegas on Friday, Dec. 6. To get the night started, fans will be treated to a special performance by John. Later in the evening country music star Dierks Bentley and singer Sara Bareilles will also perform. Comedian Jay Mohr will host this year's event. The event will air on FOX Sports 2 and NASCAR.com beginning at 9 p.m. ET, with Motor Racing Network (radio) and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio also providing coverage starting at 8 p.m. ET. The Awards will re-air on FOX Sports 1 at noon ET on Sunday, Dec. 8. Read the press release on
NASCAR.com Read More
11.01.2013 - There wasn’t a guide to help Stephen King and John Mellencamp write their first
musical so, says the latter, “it took us time to figure out what was happening.”
Now, some 15 years later, the two are eager to let others see what they’ve
done with “Ghost Brothers of Darkland County,” an eerie musical about two dead
brothers and the impact they had on their family. Read More
10.31.2013 - Read Guy D'Astolfo's of Vindy.com complete article after the jump. Here is an excerpt: " “German painting remains the basic foundation for what I do, same as folk music is the foundation of my songs,” said Mellencamp. “Discovering Beckmann to me was like discovering Woody Guthrie or Bob Dylan.” Read More
10.18.2013 - The 2014 slate of nominees for induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame were announced on October 10, 2013. The organization, which is dedicated to recognizing the work and lives of those composers and lyricists who create popular music around the world, holds annual elections to determine those who will make up the roster of inductees for the following year.
Longtime Rolling Stone contributor Anthony DeCurtis commented on the singer "Mellencamp has created an important body of work that has earned him both critical regard and an enormous audience. His songs document the joys and struggles of ordinary people seeking to make their way, and he has consistently brought the fresh air of common experience to the typically glamour-addled world of popular music."
Eligible voting members will have until December 16th, 2013 to turn in ballots with their choices of three nominees from a non-performer and two from a performer category. For information to join or renew as a voting member before November 18th in order to participate in this election, please go to SONGHALL.ORG. Read More
10.08.2013 - The exhibition The Paintings of John Mellencamp, which opens at the Butler Institute of
American Art on November 3, 2013 will feature some 40 oil paintings (some never before seen by the public), and is the artist’s first art museum exhibition. The Tennessee State Museum in Nashville, presented Mellencamp’s first major museum exhibition last year.
Read the complete press release and see a few sample paintings after the jump. Read More
06.04.2013 - After thirteen years of waiting, on Tuesday Mellencamp fans everywhere will finally be able to experience the John Mellencamp, Stephen King and T Bone Burnett Southern Gothic supernatural musical Ghost Brothers of Darkland County when
Hear Music/Concord Music Group releases the all-star recording this week!
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