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02/15/2018 - Read David Masciotra's complete review of Plain Spoken From The Chicago Theatre after the jump. Here are some excerpts: "John Mellencamp has made it clear that not all – not even the majority – of his songs are actually about him, but in the true tradition of the authentic artist, he has given himself to his audience...:

"Mellencamp has an insistence – exciting to me and many others, but perhaps frustrating to some – of never doing anything according to convention. The new documentary is a unique presentation of the work and mind of a musician, unlike any other concert film..." Read More
02/08/2018 - John Mellencamp celebrates The Man In Black on the upcoming 'Johnny Cash: Forever Words' project. This album features 16 new songs based on unknown poetry, letters, and lyrics written by Cash. The album is being released April 6, 2018 and features John and band performing "Them Double Blues."

When Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash passed, they left behind what John Carter Cash, their son and Johnny Cash: Forever Words co-producer, describes as a "monstrous amassment” of things, including a treasure trove of undiscovered material that includes Johnny Cash’s handwritten letters, poems and documents, penned across the entirety of his life. Pre-order the album now HERE and read the complete press release that includes the track listings and all of the incredible artist's that were part of this amazing project.

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02/06/2018 - John will be inducted into the prestigious Songwriters Hall of Fame on Thursday, June 14th at the 49th Annual Induction and Awards Dinner in New York City. The 2018 roster of Songwriters Hall of Fame inductees "is a prodigious representation of creators of cross-genre hits, certain to resonate with everyone," said SHOF co-chairs Kenneth Gamble & Leon Huff. President/CEO Linda Moran says "each year, the slate of songwriters we induct is more diverse and illustrative of the history and contributions that we strive to acknowledge and honor. We could not be more excited to preside over this year’s event and to give these songwriters their due respect." Read the official press release that includes a complete list of all the inductees after the jump. Read More
02/02/2018 - John was the musical guest performing a moving "Easy Target" off his most recent release Sad Clowns & Hillbillies on CBS' The Late Show with Stephen Colbert Thursday night. Watch this incredible performance below.

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02/02/2018 - Just days before the Super Bowl, John Mellencamp sank to his knees in support of the Black Lives Matter movement after performing a political ballad on the “Late Show With Stephen Colbert.

The singer-songwriter sang the violin-and-piano dirge “Easy Target,” with the lyrics “In the street and the gutters/ The cotton fields in this land/ Here’s an easy target.” At the end, he knelt and lifted his right fist into the air.

The song comes from Mellencamp’s album “Sad Clowns & Hillbillies,” which came out late last year.

Former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick started the kneeling movement at the national anthem to protest racial inequality and police mistreatment of black males. The protests prompted President Donald Trump to say players should be fired for not standing during the anthem.

“Taking the knee started purely and simply as a protest of racial and social injustice,” Mellencamp told The Associated Press. “Sadly it was politicized by the current administration. The song is simple and the protest is pure.” Read More
01/29/2018 - John will be the musical guest performing "Easy Target" off his most recent release Sad Clowns & Hillbillies on CBS' The Late Show with Stephen Colbert Thursday night. The show airs at 11:35 PM ET.  Read More
01/28/2018 - John Mellencamp brings a particularly strong outing from his recent, acclaimed “Plain Spoken” tour to Netflix, singing songs that span his entire career, from the pop hits of the ’80s to his more recent experiments with old-fashioned Americana. But there’s a twist here that sets it apart from other concert films: Throughout the performance, Mellencamp is heard in voice-over, telling stories about his childhood and his early adventures in the music business. It takes a song or two to adjust to hearing what amounts to a DVD commentary track for a rock ’n’ roll show, but soon the star’s singing voice and speaking voice become an engaging duet, revealing the deeper meanings and motivations behind a great singer-songwriter’s work. Read More
01/23/2018 - John Mellencamp’s self-narrated musical odyssey, Plain Spoken: From The Chicago Theatre surpasses the confines of a concert film or documentary – it’s a portrait of one of music’s most celebrated songwriters. The cinematic film presents John, with his full band, performing at the landmark Chicago Theater on October 25, 2016, just 250 miles to his home in Bloomington, Indiana. The footage, serving as an undercurrent to his story, is blanketed with highly personal voice-overs from the man himself on his Midwestern upbringing, career, and his outlook on life. It’s more than watching John Mellencamp live – it’s experiencing John Mellencamp. Read the complete press release after the jump. Read More
12/11/2017 - "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus" from the A Very Special Christmas benefit album. The video was filmed at soundcheck during the 1987 Lonesome Jubilee tour.

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11/10/2017 - "Indigo Sunset" one of the songs from John's recent album Sad Clowns & Hillbillies is on the soundtrack to National Geographic's series The Long Road Home. Click HERE to listen and/or download for purchase. Watch behind the scenes and complete episodes of the series HERE. Read More
11/07/2017 - Penning some of the most recognizable, influential, and enduring anthems in the American Songbook, John Mellencamp has just received a 2018 nomination for the Songwriters Hall of Fame® in the “performing songwriters” category.

This adds to an impressive history of accolades and honors for Mellencamp. His signature plain spoken writing style and unmistakable delivery launched countless classics singles into the Top 10 such as Pink Houses, Jack and Diane, and Small Town. Read the complete press release after the jump. Read More
10/03/2017 - Tom Petty was the Edward Hopper of American songwriters. He was a certain kind of bird that had no legs, so he could never land on this earth; he lived his whole life in the sky. And now he will spread his wings and sleep on the wind. His name is written in the stars.

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09/26/2017 - John performed "Easy Target," one of the new songs from his recent release Sad Clowns & Hillbillies at The Cutting Room in New York City, during his visit at the MSNBC's Morning Joe program. The recorded performance aired during MSNBC's exclusive broadcast of the Global Citizen Festival.


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09/21/2017 - Joe Scarborough of MSNBC'S Morning Joe sits down with the one and only singer/songwriter John Mellencamp for a talk about Mellencamp 's new music, his politics, activism in the age of Trump and the history of Farm Aid . Watch the complete interview below.

While at The Cutting Room, John performed "Easy Target," one of the new songs from his recent release Sad Clowns & Hillbillies. The recorded performance will air on Saturday, September 23rd at 3:45PM, ET during MSNBC's exclusive broadcast of the Global Citizen Festival beginning at 3PM, ET with hosts Chris Hayes and Joy Reid. Click HERE to discover how to watch the concert and John's performance.

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." Watch John's entire set HERE on Farm Aid's youtube channel. Read More
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