American Express Presents an Evening with John Mellencamp at The GRAMMY Museum
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Music Legend Sits Down for an Intimate Conversation and Performance
The Day His New Album, No Better Than This, Is Released
LOS ANGELES (July 2010) - On Aug. 17, 2010, The GRAMMY Museum will host
legendary heartland singer/songwriter John Mellencamp for an onstage interview
and performance the same day his new T-Bone Burnett-produced album, No Better
Than This (Rounder Records), is released.
"Without a doubt, John Mellencamp is one of America's greatest storytellers, so
The GRAMMY Museum is especially honored to welcome him to our stage," said
Executive Director Robert Santelli, who will moderate the evening. "A constant
innovator and student of musical legacies before him, we are especially excited
to offer fans the chance to hear from him in such a personal and profound way."
John Mellencamp's career in music has spanned more than 35 years during which
time he transitioned from pre-fab pop idol to one of the most highly regarded
mature songwriters of a generation. Mellencamp fell in love with music at an
early age and was fronting a soul band in his native Indiana by the time he was
14. He would go on to release 26 albums with domestic sales exceeding 40 million
units. He has been nominated for 13 GRAMMYs, was recipient of Billboard's
Century Award, ASCAP Foundation's Champion Award, The Woody Guthrie Award, Q's
Classic Songwriter Award, and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Mellencamp has amassed 22 Top 40 hits and holds the record for the most tracks
by a solo artist to hit #1 on the Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks Chart. Many of his
songs are a reflection of his social activism. "Rain on the Scarecrow" was a key
catalyst that launched Farm Aid in 1985. That organization, now in its 25th
year, has addressed the plight of the American family farmer since that time.
Farm Aid's annual fundraising concert, spearheaded by Willie Nelson, Neil Young,
Dave Matthews and, of course, John Mellencamp, is the longest-running benefit
series of its kind. The unique instrumentation of his band and overall approach
is widely credited with being the forbear of the Americana/No Depression genre
of rural-inflected music.
On break days during his 2009 national tour with Bob Dylan and Willie Nelson, he
recorded No Better Than This, a new album that will be released this summer by
Rounder Records. The sessions took place at the First African Baptist Church in
Savannah, GA, Sun Studios in Memphis and in the same San Antonio hotel room
where Robert Johnson recorded in 1936, all utilizing just one microphone and
recorded on a vintage mono tape recorder with the T Bone Burnett producing. A
theater tour in support of the release of No Better Than This gets underway this
fall and is expected to run through Spring of 2011.
Before an intimate audience of 200 in the Museum's Clive Davis Theater,
Mellencamp will field Santelli's questions about his remarkable career,
inspiring social activism, and the unique circumstances and locations that
provided context for the new album. After the interview, Mellencamp will take
questions from the audience and perform a few of his songs in a truly
The GRAMMY Museum launched its flagship public program, "An Evening With…," in
January 2009 with music legend Brian Wilson and continued its success with
critically-acclaimed recording artists Ringo Starr, Annie Lennox, Bob Newhart,
Tom Morello, Dwight Yoakam, Dionne Warwick, Herbie Hancock, Smokey Robinson,
Terence Blanchard, Herb Alpert and Lani Hall, George Benson, Paul Shaffer, Carly
Simon, Harry Connick, Jr. and Clive Davis. The program regularly features
award-winning and cutting-edge musicians live and onstage (including country
rocker Chris Hillman on May 20, 2010). Taking place in the Museum's
state-of-the-art Clive Davis Theater, which screens exhibit-related films during
regular Museum hours, the program provides guests unprecedented access to their
"American Express Presents An Evening With John Mellencamp" will take place at
8:00pm in the GRAMMY Sound Stage, on the second floor of The GRAMMY Museum. Doors
open at 7:30pm. American Express presale tickets are $40 and can be purchased on
Ticketmaster.com by American Express Cardmembers starting Thursday, July 15,
2010 (limit four tickets per person). Ticket purchase also includes a copy of No
Better Than This. American Express is the exclusive payment method for presale
tickets. All proceeds benefit The GRAMMY Museum.
The GRAMMY Museum is located at 800 West Olympic Boulevard, Suite A245, Los
Angeles, CA 90015. With an entrance off of Figueroa Street, the Museum resides
within the L.A. LIVE campus, at the intersection of Olympic Boulevard and
Figueroa Street in downtown Los Angeles.
About The GRAMMY Museum
Paying tribute to music's rich cultural history, this one-of-a-kind,
21st-century Museum explores and celebrates the enduring legacies of all forms
of music, the creative process, the art and technology of the recording process,
and the history of the premier recognition of excellence in recorded music - the
GRAMMY Award. The GRAMMY Museum features 30,000 square feet of interactive and
multimedia exhibits located within L.A. LIVE, the downtown Los Angeles sports,
entertainment and residential district. Through thought-provoking and dynamic
public and educational programs and exhibits, guests will experience music from
a never-before-seen insider perspective that only The GRAMMY Museum can deliver.
American Express is the Premiere Partner of The GRAMMY Museum. For more
information about American Express and music, visit www.americanexpress.com/entertainment.