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09.18.2017 - John and "one of the greatest rock bands of all time" - as Dave Matthews called them at Farm Aid 2016 - perform a dynamic set at Farm Aid 2017 in Burgettstown, PA, just outside of Pittsburgh, on September 16, 2017. Set list: "Lawless Times," "Small Town," "Stones In My Passway," "Check It Out," "Jack and Diane," "Easy Target," "Rain on the Scarecrow," "Crumblin Down," and "Pink Houses."

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09.05.2017 - John threw an impromptu concert Saturday in Cleveland, performing a short set of "Hurt So Good," "Small Town," "Authority Song," "Easy Target," "Pink Houses," "Jack & Diane," and "Cherry Bomb" on the outdoor plaza stage at the Rock Hall and Roll Hall of Fame. The 2008 inductee was in Cleveland to tour the museum and see a special exhibition devoted to his life and music. Check out all the videos from the show after the jump. Watch "Hurt So Good" and "Small Town" below.

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09.01.2017 - When John Mellencamp sang in his nostalgic 1987 hit “Cherry Bomb” that “we were young and we were improvin',” the implication was that, at his age, he was neither.

It’s hard to say whether Mellencamp, after a career of more than 40 years and now at age 65, is getting better. But his concert Thursday headlining Allentown Fair’s grandstand showed his performance skills still are great, and his music as relevant as ever — perhaps even more so in our troubled times and to an audience that also is no longer young. Read John Moser's of The Morning Call complete review after the jump. Read More

08.31.2017 - John Mellencamp’s mix of Americana story songs and heartland rock anthems make him a natural State Fair performer. It’s hard to believe he never performed at the Grandstand until last night.

With a clear sky offset by the lights of the fair’s new Ferris wheel swirling in the distance, it was a perfect summer night. Mellencamp and his band modestly took the stage with the blues shuffle of “Lawless Times.” Read the complete interview after the jump. Read More


08.30.2017 - Read Rob Hubbard's complete Minnesota State Fair show review after the jump. Here is an excerpts:“Pink Houses,” it felt like country music without the drawl and twang, an all-American sing-along with a skeptical smile. Yes, Mellencamp explores the dark side of life in the fields and hamlets, but his affection for those places came through clearly on Tuesday..." Read More

08.26.2017 - In Highland Park, Illinois at Ravinia Festival, a sold out crowd over 21,000 people awaited the entrance of John Mellencamp. Gospel music emanated out of the speakers soon giving away to the spooky sounds of sensual triumph and social trouble: The blues. In a clear reference to Muddy Waters, Mellencamp’s band, one of the best on the road, launched into the unmistakable riff of “Mannish Boy.” With guitarist Andy York screaming encouragement, similar to Johnny Winter on Muddy’s class recording, Mellencamp began to howl and growl into the microphone, his voice full of gravel and dirt and smoke and soul... Read David Masciotra complete Ravinia Festival show review after the jump. Read More

08.24.2017 - Delivered on Aug. 24, 1987, a year after his Senate testimony, The Lonesome Jubilee became another Mellencamp blockbuster. It went triple platinum and spun out two Top 10 hits in “Paper in Fire” and “Cherry Bomb.” But today fans remember the album not as a pair of hits surrounded by album cuts, but as the singer’s most unified thematic and sonic vision.

Lyrically, The Lonesome Jubilee took on unemployment, poverty, homelessness, xenophobia, racism and the heavy burden of disillusionment Mellencamp saw weighing down his generation. The pain and contemplation show right there in the song titles: “We Are the People,” “Empty Hands,” “The Real Life,” “Down and Out in Paradise,” “Hard Times for an Honest Man.” Read the entire article after the jump. Read More

08.17.2017 - Premiered live on Yahoo'sThe Katie Couric Interview "Easy Target" is John’s reflection on the state of our country. An outspoken artist, Mellencamp continues his journey to convey the truth through this passionate and plain-spoken song. Download or stream "Easy Target" on all music services including iTunes and Spotify.

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08.16.2017 -  "Easy Target" is a brand new song written by John to be performed live at 5pm ET on Thursday, January 19th one day before the 2017 Presidential Inauguration on Yahoo's The Katie Couric Interview. "Easy Target" is John’s reflection on the state of our country. An outspoken artist, Mellencamp continues his journey to convey the truth through this passionate and plain-spoken song. Download "Easy Target" on iTunes and Spotify NOW!   Check out the thought provoking lyrics below.

Easy Target

Here's an easy target
With just one quiet pop
Shot to hell anyway
No reason to stop
In the streets and the gutters
The cotton fields in this land
Here's an easy target
With a trigger, in your hand

So, Black lives matter
Who we trying to kid
Here's an easy target
Don't matter, never did
Crosses burning
Such a long time ago
400 years and we still don't, let it go

well let the poor be damned
And the easy targets too
All are created equal
Equally beneath me and you
Children crying
Under the time-keeping sun
The war on the easy targets
We won't ever, get this done

Easy targets
All along the avenue
Living here in Sucker Town,
Baby me and you
Behind the bars
To keep each other apart
Easy targets
Our Country's broken heart
Our Country's broken heart
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08.15.2017 - Read Jay Miller's complete review of the Blue Hills Bank Pavilion show after the jump. Here are some excerpts: "the secret weapons in this summer’s “Sad Clowns and Hillbillies Tour,” named after his 23rd album, which was released at the end of April, are both Mellencamp’s superb songwriting which makes those new tunes immediately compelling..."

"No doubt the most striking moment, especially this week, was when Mellencamp did his “Easy Target” from the new album, with just electric piano, violin and drums, so that it came across almost as a surreal hymn..." Read More

08.02.2017 - John Mellencamp produced an oil painting inspired by street art that pointedly declares, “Martin Luther King had a dream, and this ain’t it.” King deliberately looks nothing like the civil rights leader. Next to the painting is a bit of an artist statement from Mellencamp: “[It’s] not so much a portrait as a feeling, isn’t it? There’s no attempt to make it look like King, but the message eclipses the physical likeness. A painting has to be beautiful, even in its grotesqueness. That painting is grotesque, but I think it’s still beautiful.”

“Easy Target” on Mellencamp’s latest album, “Sad Clowns and Hillbillies,” falls into that category as well. It is a folk rock song that challenges white supremacy and the legacy of slavery in the United States.

In Mellencamp’s most potent verse, he sings, “So, Black lives matter / Who we trying to kid / Here’s an easy target / Don’t matter, never did.” “Crosses burning / Such a long time ago / 400 years and we still don’t, let it go.”

It opens like the ballad for an old time Western movie. Then, abruptly, the words, “Black lives matter,” subvert the abstract forlorn sentiment of the song, making it clear there is something deeper behind Mellencamp’s dejection and disappointment. Read the complete article after the jump.

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07.24.2017 - Over the course of a career that has spanned decades, John Mellencamp has delivered the songs in his rock’n’roll heart against an ever-moving landscape of musical styles. He has accepted his fame with dignity, managing his role as rock star with class and keeping the music a part of a fickle Pop culture by recording the way he hears a song as opposed to fitting the tracks into a popular format. That ability to follow a muse rather than running with the pack continues on the most recent release from John Mellencamp, Sad Clowns and Hillbillies. Read the complete review after the jump. Read More

07.23.2017 - The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, located in Cleveland, OH, presents a special exhibit on the life, art and music of 2008 Inductee John Mellencamp. The exhibit, which opened November 10, 2016 in the Ahmet Ertegun Main Exhibition Hall, features over 100 items, including handwritten lyrics, guitars and paintings. “In working closely with John Mellencamp to create this exhibit, it was very clear that he embodies what rock and roll is all about – rebellion, being true to yourself, and, of course, making great music,” says Karen Herman, Vice President of Collections & Curatorial Affairs at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

“I would like this exhibit to let people know, or discover, that I really have spent my entire life living the way that I want to live, and doing what I want to do,” Mellencamp says. “And, that I consider myself the luckiest guy in the world for being able to do that.” Read the complete press release on Mellencamp.com, which  includes a list of some of the artifacts from John's personal collection contained in the exhibit. Learn more about the exhibit at RockHall.com. Watch the preview below and read the complete press release after the jump.

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07.13.2017 - Read Markos Papadatos first hand review of John's last show on the June/July Sad Clowns & Hillbillies Tour after the jump. Here is an excerpt: "The Verdict -
Overall, John Mellencamp was superlative at Forest Hills Stadium in Queens for one fun night of rock and roll. It is evident that his hits are timeless, and they will stand the test of time, and his new music was remarkable. He was able to put on a bad-ass live show in Forest Hills that garnered an A rating..." Read More

07.07.2017 - John Mellencamp once put out an album called Nothing Matters And What If It Did. But that was a long time ago in 1980, when he was known as John Cougar. Since then, the feisty Midwestern rocker has demonstrated that a great deal of things matter to him, from the plain-spoken, propulsive roots music heard on his mature albums to the workaday blue-collar men and women that have populated his songs for decades.

Thankfully, the Woody Guthrie populist from a red state also cares about entertaining his audience, and his Sad Clowns & Hillbillies tour — named after the 65-year-old Hoosier’s scrappy new album — is a well-plotted, multi-act package considerably bolstered by the presence of supporting acts Emmylou Harris, Carlene Carter, and vocal duo Lily & Madeleine. Read the complete review after the jump. Read More

06.30.2017 - Today, John Mellencamp journeys into the darkness of coal mining life in his reverent cover of Merle Travis' 1946 song "Dark as a Dungeon," recorded in support of National Geographic's acclaimed documentary about the mining industry, “From The Ashes.” See link to the song here and official music video featuring Mellencamp here.   Read the complete press release after the jump.

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06.28.2017 - In 1946, singer-songwriter Merle Travis wrote “Dark as a Dungeon” to describe the harsh and dangerous conditions that coal miners experienced every day. John Mellencamp recorded a special version of the song in support of From the Ashes, a new documentary about the legacy and future of the coal industry in the U.S. From the Ashes premiered Sunday June 25th on National Geographic Channel with repeats scheduled over the coming weeks. From now until July 3 you can watch the documentary on the film's website. To learn more about the film and how you can support coal dependent communities visit www.fromtheashesfilm.com.

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06.27.2017 - Just as Woody Guthrie and Lead Belly painted pictures of daily life and struggles in their day, perhaps the two best such troubadours of our time are Mellencamp and Willie Nelson. A person would be hard pressed to find finer realistic portrayals of our country and its people today than those being written and performed by Mellencamp. What makes his glimpses into the human condition so convincing, and so accurate is their inherent honesty. His protagonists are instantly recognizable in ourselves.

More than four decades on and Mellencamp is still gifting us illuminating portraits of who we are, how we see ourselves, and how we view the world we live in. His 23rd studio album Sad Clowns & Hillbillies, out on Republic Records, is a scintillating experience. Read Barry Kerzner's complete review after the jump. Read More

06.22.2017 - The Grammy-winning singer-songwriter discusses his career and latest album Sad Clowns & Hillbillies. Watch John's sit down interview with Tavis Smiley HERE Read More

06.17.2017 - Read David Masciotra's indepth interview at John's Belmont Mall studio after the jump. Here are some excerpts: "As night comes to America, I visit John Mellencamp in his Indiana studio, where the art of tragedy and triumph rule..."

“For me, it was the most natural thing in the world. I was singing in bar bands since I was 15, and playing soul music and rock music, but also, around the same time, I started singing folk songs, and with just my guitar I’d play some hotel or lounge. Back then, you could turn on the radio, and on the same station you could hear a rock song, a soul song, a folk song. So, for me it’s all always just been music.” Read More

06.14.2017 - John Mellencamp has never been known to pull his punches. “I saw through the music business very early, with the ‘Johnny Cougar’ thing,” he says, referring to the cringeworthy stage name given to him by a former manager in the 1970s. “I had the reputation of being very difficult—but I’m not, really. I’m just doing what most guys don’t do, which is stand up for yourself.”

Rather than succumb to the constant chart-driven pressures of the hitmaking machine, Mellencamp did indeed stand up to reclaim his name in the ensuing decade, establishing himself as one of our most poignant observational songwriters in the process. And his skill at depicting the litany of American tomfoolery and social malaise is once again on pointed display in Sad Clowns & Hillbillies. Read Mike Mettler's insightful interview with John after the jump. Read More

05.12.2017 - Billboard Magazine's long running "Chart Beat" column (written by Keith Caulfield) reflects on John's long career in celebration of John's 19th Top 40 Album Sad Clowns & Hillbillies: "John Mellencamp featuring Carlene Carter, Sad Clowns & Hillbillies – No. 11 — John Mellencamp notches his 19th top 40-charting album on the Billboard 200 with the arrival of Sad Clowns & Hillbillies. The set, which features Carlene Carter, bows with 35,000 equivalent album units earned (of which nearly all were in traditional album sales). That sum of 35,000 copies sold is Mellencamp’s biggest sales week for any album since 2008, when Life Death Love and Freedom bowed with 56,000 sold."  More of John's chart history is available after the jump. Read More

05.10.2017 - There are few musicians that can hold their own in comparison to greats such as Tom Waits or Johnny Cash, but on his; staggering, 23rd album, John Mellencamp is cementing himself as a legend. Having released his debut in 1976, it is awe inspiring to hear this latest offering. Read Rachael Scarsbrook's complete review after the jump. Read More

05.09.2017 - Achieving a career best on the Billboard Top Americana Albums Chart, heartland rocker John Mellencamp debuts at #1 with his 23rd full-length album Sad Clowns & Hillbillies featuring Carlene Carter—the daughter of June Carter Cash and stepdaughter of Johnny Cash.

Storming multiple charts, Sad Clowns & Hillbillies arrives at #3 on the Top Rock Albums Chart, tying 2007’s Freedom’s Road and making for his first Top 5 bow in a decade. In addition, it lands at #5 on the Top Album Sales Chart. It also stands out as his fifth consecutive Top 20 album on the Billboard 200 Chart debuting at #11. Read More

05.05.2017 - Read Simon Ramsay's Sad Clowns & Hillbillies review after the jump. Here are some excerpts: "It begins as an old man’s tortured confession but halfway through the band kicks in and Carter arrives to offer salvation, taking an incredibly dark piece and flooding it with redemption..."

" the album climaxes with a potent sting in its tail. Easy Target is a bitingly raw protest number about racial discrimination and poverty..." Read More

05.03.2017 - On the eve of John's new release Sad Clowns & Hillbillies John performed at the iHeartRadio Theatre in Tribeca for an intimate concert for fans. He talked with Jim Kerr and performed a set including new songs and old classics. Watch the entire show below.

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04.28.2017 - John released his 23rd full-length album, Sad Clowns & Hillbillies, featuring Carlene Carter, on Friday April 28th, 2017. On the album Mellencamp returns to the musical eclecticism that is, itself, a reflection of his wide-ranging musings on life. Sad Clowns & Hillbillies showcases a poet who has wisely used the years between youth and the present day to become an absolute of master of songwriting and interpretation. That passion and experience resonates most beautifully in this showcase of his music.

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04.27.2017 - "Mellencamp is a true American storyteller and the rebel with a cause is set to make his triumphant return on Friday, April 28, 2017 with his 23rd overall studio album, Sad Clowns & Hillbillies, via Republic Records..." "When it comes to a John Mellencamp album, there is simply no critiquing the musicianship. As with the entirety of this man’s extensive oeuvre of work, Sad Clowns & Hillbillies is no different: every note is pitch perfect, every melody beautifully executed..." Read Jeannie Blue's 5 out of 5 star review after the jump. Read More

04.24.2017 - Preview John's incredible new record Sad Clowns & Hillbillies on NPR First Listen and read Jim Allen's complete review of the forth coming album being released this Friday, April 28th on Republic Records after jump. Here are some excerpts: "Sad Clowns is a record about our struggles within ourselves and with the world around us..." Mellencamp ends Sad Clowns & Hillbillies bemoaning "a country's broken heart." By the time it's done, you're in sore need of some of that salvation he and Carter were hailing a few tracks back; so what else can you do but start the damn thing over again? Read More

04.21.2017 - There are several different special editions of Sad Clowns & Hillbillies. There is a limited quantity for all of these offers! Get yours today before they are sold out!
  • Purchase at Target and receive 2 exclusive acoustic bonus tracks. John recorded his hit single "Grandview" and "What Kind Of Man Am I?" acoustic version's exclusively for Target! Purchase yours today.
  • Purchase the new album from Newbury Comics you receive a autographed Sad Clowns & Hillbillies postcard! Order yours today before they run out! This item ships to U.S. addresses only, excluding California.
  • Autographed Sad Clowns & Hillbillies CD's are available at Amazon.com and MusicValtz.com 
  • A special Red & Black Marbled Vinyl edition is available from Barnes & Noble
  • You can order digital versions of Sad Clowns & Hillbillies HERE today!
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03.03.2017 - John's new video, for his latest release, "Grandview" premiered live on PARADE.com today!  "Grandview" is about having a dream and staying connected to your dream, no matter how big or how small,” Mellencamp tells PARADE. “It’s your dream and your responsibility to make the dream come true.”

The black-and-white video showcases Mellencamp’s slick delivery with McBride’s powerhouse vocals — both dripping in heartland coolness. “Just an old country boy, wearing my Osh-Kosh boots / Walked by the trailer factory, every day on my way to school / Early on in life the only thing I wanted to do / Was to buy me a trailer and move it down to Grandview,” Mellencamp sings in the opening verse.

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