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06.24.2015 - Read Chery Frishman's of AXS.com complete review after the jump. Here are some excerpts: "He came out with the same charm and confidence he has always had. Mellencamp owned the stage..."

"He kept the audience hanging on every word and singing and dancing with his music..." Read More

06.19.2015 - With a voice now more gravel than sweet and a frame suggesting he has experienced every one of his 63 years, John Mellencamp and a six-member band brought the tour behind his 2014 work Plain Spoken to the Merriam Theater this past Tuesday. Bluesy, inventive and energetic, it was one of my favorite concerts so far this year. Read the Chris Sikich's complete blog review after the jump. Read More

06.14.2015 - Seeing John Mellencamp live illustrates why his latest album hit the Billboard top 20 and what likely prompted Republic Records to offer him a lifetime contract.

His songs continue to age remarkably well and sound of-the-moment, whether new or old. Read Hays Davis' complete show review after the jump. Read More

06.11.2015 - Putting John Mellencamp in an opera house seems like the proverbial bull in the china shop scenario.

The dude refers to himself as the Little Bastard, after all. And the hard-hitting heartland rock on which he's staked his reputation is more punky than Puccini, more R.O.C.K. (in the U.S.A.) than "Rigoletto." Somewhere Giuseppe Verdie may be rolling in his grave.

But Mellencamp's early two-hour show on Wednesday night, June 10, proved well-suited for the Detroit Opera House. Read the complete Detroit Opera House review after the jump. Read More

06.10.2015 - At the conclusion of his set Tuesday night at DeVos Performance Hall, John Mellencamp waxed amusingly and philosophically about nostalgia. He went on about how older folk – a camp he admits he pitches his tent in now – tend to go on and on about "old times," then followed it with a nostalgia number about nostalgia, "Cherry Bomb," a bit of delicious Midwestern corn that created many memories for people who blared their car radios in the 1980s. Read More

06.08.2015 - John Mellencamp used to feel at home playing the biggest arenas and amphitheaters that could hold him during his Rock and Roll Hall of Fame career.

Nowadays, however, the “Small Town” guy likes the smaller places.

Some of it is pragmatic, he freely acknowledges. The albums and radio play are not as abundant as they were during the multiplatinum ’80s heyday of “American Fool,” “Uh-Huh,” “Scarecrow” and “The Lonesome Jubilee.” Fortunately, however, that dovetails with a time in his life when Mellencamp, at 63, has less interest in playing the big rock shows. Read Gary Graff's complete interview after the jump. 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

06.05.2015 - Celebrating roughly four decades as a touring musician, John Mellencamp played to a packed house at the Overture Hall in Madison, Wis., on June 2. Touring in support of his latest album Plain Spoken, his 22nd studio release, Mellencamp’s show drew from every aspect of his accomplished career. Read Deaniel DeSlover's complete 5 Star review after the jump. Read More

05.31.2015 - Mellencamp opened the down-home, two-hour concert with “Lawless Times” and “Troubled Man,” two songs from his latest album, the very fine “Plain Spoken.”

“Thank you very much. I’m John Mellencamp,” he said, as if his self-identification was necessary.

He promised fans songs they know, songs they don’t know, songs they could sing along to and songs they could dance to, as he demonstrated that with a little jig all his own. Read Kevin Johnson's of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch complete show review after the jump. Read More

05.31.2015 - When John Mellencamp sang "Longest Days" on David Letterman's The Late Show recently as part of a series of "A-list" well-wishers to send the storied career comedian off into retirement, he revealed again why his huge talent has reached the souls of so many.

The Grammy award-winning artist with the raspy vocals is one of the most successful live concert performers in the world. Mellencamp started early and was fronting a soul band by age 14. Read the complete July 13th, TCU Place show preview after the jump. Read More

05.13.2015 - Whether you walked into the Benedum to see an older, grayer John Mellencamp dig into Americana roots or kick it out like old times on "Pink Houses," you walked out happy Tuesday night.

The Indiana rocker has made one of the more artful transitions from arena spectacle to theater show, offering something rich and beautiful while also bringing the rock. Read Scott Mervis' complete review of the Benedum Theater show after the jump. Read More

05.04.2015 - John Mellencamp was one of the organizers of that event along with Willie Nelson and Neil Young. But Mellencamp, an Indiana native, didn’t need Dylan’s comments to make him aware of the dire problems that farmers faced. Earlier that year during sessions for his new album, he laid down a fierce, downcast track written from the perspective of a man pushed to the brink by the pressures of making a living via agriculture.

The album, Scarecrow, was released around the same time as the Farm Aid show and would be a massive hit with a bevy of smash singles. Read the complete article, read the lyrics and watch the "Rain On The Scarecrow" video after the jump.

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05.03.2015 - Read Jane Steveson's complete review of the Sony Centre show after the jump. Here are some excerpts: "The Indiana-born musician and his six-piece band, including a drummer who played on two different kits, delivered a high energy, sonically creative set...""there was really never a dull moment..."

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04.28.2015 - John was the musical guest on David Letterman this Monday, April 27th. John is one of many A-list stars appearing during Dave's final weeks before retiring from the Late Show. His first appearance with Dave was over 30 years ago, they bonded over being fellow Hoosiers, and John has been a regular guest over the years. Watch John's last performance and interview on late night TV with Dave.

"Longest Days"

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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

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 (rileykids.org). $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

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 help@mellencamp.com 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 - Myplaydirect.com 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: MyPlayDirect.com is taking orders from buyers outside of North America for Plain Spoken and the Ultimate Signed Bundle!

Ultimate Plain Spoken Bundle


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