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10.23.2016 - America has a rich history of musical families. Clans whose songs have endured throughout generations, whose crests — if drawn up today — would be decorated with symbols of their legacy and innovation. "Sometimes a family makes music; other times, music makes the family..."

“ Over the past three years, Carter has gained a brother — and their bond proves that music can be almost as thick as blood.

Rock and Roll Hall of Famer John Mellencamp has become more than a friend — he is more like an adopted sibling, and his belief in her has energized this chapter of her career. Read Aarik Danielsen's complete interview with Carlene Carter and Mike Wanchic after the jump. Read More

10.22.2016 - As the honorary mayor of Tent City, Ken Leslie the creator of Veterans Matter introduces John to speak before the Walk To End Veteran Homelessness in Toledo, Ohio on Oct 21st, just a few hours before his sold-out concert at the Stranahan Theatre. Since 1990, Tent City has been Toledo’s annual event to help the homeless. Mellencamp first visited Toledo in 2007 and was the inspiration for the sponsor of Tent City and 1Matters.Org.

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10.20.2016 - Read Dan Kane's complete review of the Akron Civic Theatre show on October 19th after the jump. Here is an excerpt: "Mellencamp accompanied himself on acoustic guitar for "Jack and Diane," and with piano backing crooned a nightclub number in a style reminiscent of Tom Waits. His rendition of Robert Johnson's "Stones in My Passway" was impassioned blues. He sang "Pop Singer," which denounces shallow radio pap, with sly humor. Read More

10.20.2016 - From the moment he strolled out on stage with his Fender Telecaster until the final notes of his last song 95 minutes later, John Mellencamp had the sold-out crowd at the F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts in Wilkes-Barre on Friday, Oct. 14 in the palm of his hand.

Sometimes they sang along, sometimes they danced, sometimes they just sat and listened intently to his words at the second show of the seventh and final leg of the “Plain Spoken” tour.

.Read the complete show review with a link to photos from the evening after the jump. Read More

10.15.2016 - “Ladies and Gentlemen, from Bloomington, Indiana, please welcome Mr. John Mellencamp,” echoed throughout the F.M. Kirby Center.

The lights on the stage rose and a six-piece band stood together on stage. Chords from “Lawless Times” shook the theater as guitar and fiddles were met with cheers and claps.

Then, out walked the man of the hour, which brought everyone to their feet as he bowed to his fans.

John Mellencamp wowed a sold-out crowd at the F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts Friday evening as a part of his seventh and final leg of the Plain Spoken Tour. Read the complete Kirby Center review after the jump. Read More

10.12.2016 - John kicked off his 2016 Fall Plain Spoken Tour at The Hanover Theatre in Worcester, MA last night to rave reviews. Read Jim Perry's of Worcester Magazine complete review of the show after the jump. Here are some excerpts: "He continues to prove that he is an artist who does not sit on his laurels, but continues to grow..."

"His backing band was stellar, bringing out every nuance the songs demanded, and you could tell immediately this was going to be a night of serious music..."

"He caressed the audience as if they were hanging out in his living room..." Read More

10.12.2016 - John Mellencamp rocked the Hanover Theater Tuesday night, kicking off the final leg of his “Plain Spoken” tour on his only stop in New England scheduled during the extended performances.

He is touring with an entourage of stellar musicians on accordion, violin, guitar, keyboard, bass and drums performing heartland rock with traditional instrumentation on his "Plain Spoken" Tour, named for his 2015 album. Read Paula Owen's complete review after the jump. Read More

09.20.2016 - Luminaries from the film, music and writing worlds honored Tom Waits and folk singer John Prine for their songwriting at the Song Lyrics of Literary Excellence Awards on Monday, September 19th.

John Mellencamp, Elvis Costello and Roseanne Cash took turns performing renditions of the artists' songs before a crowd of more than 500 people at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum. John opened the ceremony with an a cappella version of Prine's 1978 song "Sabu Visits the Twin Cities Alone," which imagines the later years of an Indian child actor from the early 1940s. Mellencamp called the lyrics "sophisticated but simple." "Who writes songs like that?" he said. "Two people come to mind — God and John Prine." Read the complete article and view a photo slide show after the jump. Read More

09.19.2016 - Farm Aid 2016 celebrated its 31st show with its annual concert this past Saturday, Sept. 17th in Bristow, VA at the Jiffy Lube Live. John's rocking performance was a highlight of a day packed with great music. Watch "Small Town" and the rest of John's set after the jump.

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09.16.2016 - When John Mellencamp took the stage at the first Farm Aid on Sept. 22, 1985, he had no idea that it would become an annual event.

"We thought we'd do this concert, idealistically believing that it was the right thing to do, and laws would be passed protecting people," Mellencamp, 64, tells PEOPLE exclusively. "We thought that one concert would do it. But then we found out very rapidly that we were entering into an arena that was much more complicated and filled with more political and economical factors than we could have imagined." Read this enlightening interview after the jump. Read More

08.29.2016 - John Mellencamp, Jackson Browne and Fleetwood Mac's Lindsey Buckingham are featured on the official soundtrack to the Showtime series Roadies, which was just released digitally and will be available for purchase as a physical album Friday, September 2. The record is made up almost entirely of new live performances by various artists, many of whom made cameo appearances on the show.  Purchase the official soundtrack now on Apple Music.  Purchase “Longest Days” from John's July 31, 2016 appearance HERE.

Roadies creator, writer and director Cameron Crowe explains of the show’s music, “Great care was taken that the songs chosen for each artist have another meaning, a thread to our story or characters. The only rule was: no lip-syncing to playback. Not even to live versions recorded in a previous take. These would be authentic live performances. Real performances. That’s where the magic happens, for an audience and even a crew.” Read More

07.13.2016 - John Mellencamp’s Plain Spoken Tour has been called “a triumphant, career-spanning show” (Hollywood Reporter) and a “superb performance…still full of fiery defiance” (Boston Globe). Following a run of more than 100 sold-out shows, Mellencamp announced today the seventh and final leg of the Plain Spoken tour, with support artist Carlene Carter, kicking off October 11 at the Hanover Theater in Worcester, MA.

Plain Spoken Tour
Tickets on sale Fri., April 29 at 10am local time unless otherwise noted.
Tues 11-Oct Worcester, MA The Hanover Theatre
Wed 12-Oct Utica, NY The Stanley Theatre
Fri14-Oct Wilkes-Barre, PA FM Kirby Center
Sat 15-Oct Atlantic City, NJ Borgata Event Center
Tues 18-Oct Hershey, PA Hershey Theatre
Wed 19-Oct Akron, OH Akron Civic Theatre
Fri 21-Oct Toledo, OH Stranahan Theatre
Sat 22-Oct Niagara Falls, NY Seneca Niagara Casino
Tues 25-Oct Chicago, IL The Chicago Theatre
Wed 26-Oct Richmond, KY EKU Center For The Arts
Fri 28-Oct Columbia, MO Jesse Auditorium
Sun 30-Oct Ames, IA Stephens Auditorium
Tue 1-Nov Lincoln, NE Lied Center for the Performing Arts
Wed 2-Nov Sioux Falls, SD Washington Pavilion
Fri 4-Nov Grand Forks, ND Chester Fritz Auditorium
Read the complete press release after the jump. Read More

05.12.2016 - Just in time for Father's Day five John Mellencamp albums have been scheduled for reissue on 180-gram vinyl LPs on June 10 by Mercury/UMe. New lacquers for American Fool, Uh-Huh, Scarecrow, The Lonesome Jubilee, and Big Daddy were cut from their original analog master tapes by Chris Bellman at Bernie Grundman Mastering, with the vinyl LPs manufactured by Record Industry. The albums are available now, individually and gathered in a limited edition 5-LP vinyl box set, The Vinyl Collection 1982-1989. Read the complete press release after the jump.

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04.21.2016 - General public tickets will go on sale Friday, April 29th for the Fall 2016 Plain Spoken Tour! Watch's TOUR page closely for updates.

We will once again be offering pre-sale ticket access for free members of Learn how to join and use our pre-sales HERE. Pre-sales begin on Wednesday, April  27th at 10:00 AM local time and last through Thursday, April 28th at 10:00 PM, (except Worcester will begin May 4th @ 10:00 AM local time and last through May 5th @ 10:00 PM. Niagara Falls, NY will be May 18th @ 10:00 AM local time and last through May 19th @10 PM local time) Ticket limit will be 6 tickets per website member per show..

Will go on sale Wednesday, April 27th at at 10:00 AM local time (except Worcester which will begin Wednesday, May 4th @ 10:00 AM local time. - LEARN MORE. Package limit is 6 per person per show.

The general public ticket on-sale for all shows is scheduled for Friday, April 29th at 10:00 AM local time (except Hershey & Lincoln at 12:00 PM local, Worcester May 6th @ 10:00 AM local time, Niagara Falls, NY May 20th @12 PM local )

Purchase links will be available on's TOUR page.

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04.21.2016 - Each ticket package includes one concert ticket - price includes all fees and service charges except for facility fees - Limit of 6 packages/tickets per order. Each package includes:

• One Amazing Top Price Reserved Ticket in the First Ten (10) Rows *
• One Limited Edition, Silkscreened John Mellencamp Art Work Poster (Designed Exclusively for the Plain Spoken Tour)
• One Exclusive John Mellencamp VIP Gift (Created Exclusively for Diamond Package Purchasers)
• One Commemorative John Mellencamp VIP Tour Laminate
* Venue seating configurations can vary market-by-market

Continuing reading after the jump for complete details and pricing on the Diamond Package! Read More

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