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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.

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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." Watch John's entire set HERE on Farm Aid's youtube channel. Read More
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 - Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats and Margo Price will join Farm Aid at its annual music and food festival at KeyBank Pavilion on Saturday, Sept. 16, the organization announced today.

“Growing up in rural Missouri farm country, family farmers were a big part of our community,” said Rateliff, who is from Hermann, MO. “I am proud to play on the Farm Aid stage again, especially in Western Pennsylvania, where agriculture is at the heart of the community.”.

Farm Aid 2017, an all-day music and food festival, will feature performances by Farm Aid board members Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young and Dave Matthews with Tim Reynolds, as well as Jack Johnson, The Avett Brothers, Sheryl Crow, Jamey Johnson, Blackberry Smoke, Valerie June, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real and Insects vs Robots. Additional artists will be announced later this summer. Read the complete press release afte 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
08/23/2017 - AXS TV will broadcast “Farm Aid 2017” live beginning at 7:00 p.m. ET. To find AXS TV in your area, visit http://www.axs.tv/. The Farm Aid 2017 webcast at www.farmaid.org will begin at 3:00 p.m. ET. Willie Nelson’s SiriusXM channel (59), Willie’s Roadhouse, will air live from Farm Aid 2017, beginning at 12 p.m. ET. SiriusXM’s Dallas Wayne will host backstage interviews with artists, local family farmers and more. All of the broadcasts will feature behind-the-scenes looks at the annual Farm Aid festival and the organization’s year-round work to strengthen family farm agriculture since 1985. 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.



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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