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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."

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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.

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08/16/2017 -  "Easy Target" is a brand new song written by John to be performed live at 5pm ET on Thursday, January 19th one day before the 2017 Presidential Inauguration on Yahoo's The 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 "Easy Target" on iTunes and Spotify NOW!   Check out the thought provoking lyrics below.

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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08/15/2017 - Read Jay Miller's complete review of the Blue Hills Bank Pavilion show after the jump. Here are some excerpts: "the secret weapons in this summer’s “Sad Clowns and Hillbillies Tour,” named after his 23rd album, which was released at the end of April, are both Mellencamp’s superb songwriting which makes those new tunes immediately compelling..."

"No doubt the most striking moment, especially this week, was when Mellencamp did his “Easy Target” from the new album, with just electric piano, violin and drums, so that it came across almost as a surreal hymn..." Read More
08/02/2017 - John Mellencamp produced an oil painting inspired by street art that pointedly declares, “Martin Luther King had a dream, and this ain’t it.” King deliberately looks nothing like the civil rights leader. Next to the painting is a bit of an artist statement from Mellencamp: “[It’s] not so much a portrait as a feeling, isn’t it? There’s no attempt to make it look like King, but the message eclipses the physical likeness. A painting has to be beautiful, even in its grotesqueness. That painting is grotesque, but I think it’s still beautiful.”

“Easy Target” on Mellencamp’s latest album, “Sad Clowns and Hillbillies,” falls into that category as well. It is a folk rock song that challenges white supremacy and the legacy of slavery in the United States.

In Mellencamp’s most potent verse, he sings, “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.”

It opens like the ballad for an old time Western movie. Then, abruptly, the words, “Black lives matter,” subvert the abstract forlorn sentiment of the song, making it clear there is something deeper behind Mellencamp’s dejection and disappointment. Read the complete article after the jump.

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08/02/2017 - Following the highly-successful first leg of the Sad Clowns & Hillbillies 2017 Tour, Mellencamp returns for a second round of Summer dates and will be joined by Special Guest Carlene Carter. Tickets are currently on sale for the last 12 shows, details onthe Mellencamp.com TOUR page. 

JOHN MELLENCAMP SAD CLOWNS & HILLBILLIES 2017 SUMMER TOUR DATES
August 04 - West Allis, WI - Wisconsin State Fair 
August 05 - Davenport, IA - Mississippi Valley Fair 
August 13 - Uncasville, CT - Mohegan Sun Arena 
August 14 - Boston, MA - Blue Hills Bank Pavilion 
August 19 - Des Moines, IA - Iowa State Fair  
August 20 - Springfield, IL - Illinois State Fair 
August 26 - Highland Park, IL - Ravinia Festival
August 27 - Highland Park, IL - Ravinia Festival 
August 29 - St Paul, MN - Minnesota State Fair 
August 31 - Allentown, PA - The Great Allentown Fair 
September 01 - Essex Junction, VT - Champlain Valley Fair 
September 03 - Canfield, OH - Canfield Fair Read More

07/24/2017 - Over the course of a career that has spanned decades, John Mellencamp has delivered the songs in his rock’n’roll heart against an ever-moving landscape of musical styles. He has accepted his fame with dignity, managing his role as rock star with class and keeping the music a part of a fickle Pop culture by recording the way he hears a song as opposed to fitting the tracks into a popular format. That ability to follow a muse rather than running with the pack continues on the most recent release from John Mellencamp, Sad Clowns and Hillbillies. Read the complete review after the jump. Read More
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