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05/22/2017 - To promote his new album Sad Clowns & Hillbillies, John makes an in-studio visit to The Bob and Tom Show, a popular Indiana-based morning radio program on May 5, 2017. During the course of his 90-minute appearance, John talks about a wide range of topics and delivers acoustic versions of "Grandview," "Easy Target" and "Small Town" with accompaniment from his keyboard player Troye Kinnett.

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05/16/2017 - Pick up this week's People Magazine with Goldie Hawn on the cover to read Jeff Nelson's exclusive "Scoop" interview with John on his life as a loner, his time spent in Indiana and his new album Sad Clowns & Hillbillies. Read the full web article after the jump. Read More
05/15/2017 - Farm Aid will debut its first documentary film, “Homeplace Under Fire,” at Duke University’s Griffith Film Theatre on Thursday, May 18th. The film premiere will be hosted by Farm Aid co-founder and board member, John Mellencamp. Following the screening, Farm Aid will convene a panel discussion about the issues raised in the film. Panelists will include John, the film’s director and producers, Farm Aid staff, farm advocates and farmers. To learn more about the documentary visit Homeplaceunderfire.org. and to register to attend the event click HERE.

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05/12/2017 - Billboard Magazine's long running "Chart Beat" column (written by Keith Caulfield) reflects on John's long career in celebration of John's 19th Top 40 Album Sad Clowns & Hillbillies: "John Mellencamp featuring Carlene Carter, Sad Clowns & Hillbillies – No. 11 — John Mellencamp notches his 19th top 40-charting album on the Billboard 200 with the arrival of Sad Clowns & Hillbillies. The set, which features Carlene Carter, bows with 35,000 equivalent album units earned (of which nearly all were in traditional album sales). That sum of 35,000 copies sold is Mellencamp’s biggest sales week for any album since 2008, when Life Death Love and Freedom bowed with 56,000 sold."  More of John's chart history is available after the jump. Read More
05/10/2017 - Today, CMT announced nominations for the 2017 CMT Music Awards on Tuesday, May 9th. John is nominated for for his "Pink Houses" performance with Darius Rucker on CMT Crossroads in the category CMT Performance of the Year. Voting for the CMT Music Awards is now open at CMT.com. The awards show will be broadcast live from Nashville on June 7 at 8PM ET on CMT. VOTE TODAY! Read More
05/10/2017 - There are few musicians that can hold their own in comparison to greats such as Tom Waits or Johnny Cash, but on his; staggering, 23rd album, John Mellencamp is cementing himself as a legend. Having released his debut in 1976, it is awe inspiring to hear this latest offering. Read Rachael Scarsbrook's complete review after the jump. Read More
05/09/2017 - Achieving a career best on the Billboard Top Americana Albums Chart, heartland rocker John Mellencamp debuts at #1 with his 23rd full-length album Sad Clowns & Hillbillies featuring Carlene Carter—the daughter of June Carter Cash and stepdaughter of Johnny Cash.

Storming multiple charts, Sad Clowns & Hillbillies arrives at #3 on the Top Rock Albums Chart, tying 2007’s Freedom’s Road and making for his first Top 5 bow in a decade. In addition, it lands at #5 on the Top Album Sales Chart. It also stands out as his fifth consecutive Top 20 album on the Billboard 200 Chart debuting at #11. Read More
05/05/2017 - Read Simon Ramsay's Sad Clowns & Hillbillies review after the jump. Here are some excerpts: "It begins as an old man’s tortured confession but halfway through the band kicks in and Carter arrives to offer salvation, taking an incredibly dark piece and flooding it with redemption..."

" the album climaxes with a potent sting in its tail. Easy Target is a bitingly raw protest number about racial discrimination and poverty..." Read More
05/04/2017 - If you missed John with the “Loon in the Afternoon” Mojo Nixon last week you can catch the exclusive in-studio conversation about the new album “Sad Clowns & Hillbillies” featuring Carlene Carter, who calls in during this one-hour special. The show is airing:

Thursday 5/4, 6 pm ET
Friday 5/5, 7 pm ET
Saturday 5/6, 9 am ET
Sunday 5/7, 1 pm ET
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05/03/2017 - John Mellencamp tells The Today Show that “it took about three seconds” to come up with the name of his new album, “Sad Clowns and Hillbillies.” He also talks about how he came to collaborate on it with Carlene Carter, daughter of country music legend June Carter Cash: “It was very organic, how it turned out.” Watch the interview below and view John and Carlene performing "Grandview," "Pink Houses," "Small Town," and "Indigo Sunset" from the show after the jump. Read More
05/03/2017 - On the eve of John's new release Sad Clowns & Hillbillies John performed at the iHeartRadio Theatre in Tribeca for an intimate concert for fans. He talked with Jim Kerr and performed a set including new songs and old classics. Watch the entire show below.

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05/03/2017 - Beginning Monday, May 1st listen to John's interview on NPR's World Cafe. He talks about his new album, songwriting, his mother & grandmother, and being born with Spina Bifida. It's an insightful and revealing interview. Read More
05/02/2017 - The morning after the iHeartRadio Theater event in Tribeca on April 27th John sat down for a brief interview with Jim Kerr at the Q104.3 studio. You can listen to the interview HERE. Read More
05/02/2017 - John will be performing on NBC's The Today Show tomorrow, Wednesday morning May 3rd, appearing in the 8 AM, 9 AM, and the 10 AM hours in support of his new release Sad Clowns & Hillbillies! Read More
05/02/2017 - John Mellencamp spends an awful lot of time alone, painting. Not long ago, he went 35 days without leaving his Indiana compound, a stretch so lengthy that his 85-year-old dad told him he was worried. But whether he wants them or not, songs still come to him, as his strong, country-inflected new album, Sad Clowns and Hillbillies (made in collaboration with Carlene Carter), makes clear. Read Brian Hiatt's complete interview after the jump. Read More
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