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07/13/2017 - Read Markos Papadatos first hand review of John's last show on the June/July Sad Clowns & Hillbillies Tour after the jump. Here is an excerpt: "The Verdict -
Overall, John Mellencamp was superlative at Forest Hills Stadium in Queens for one fun night of rock and roll. It is evident that his hits are timeless, and they will stand the test of time, and his new music was remarkable. He was able to put on a bad-ass live show in Forest Hills that garnered an A rating..." Read More
07/07/2017 - John Mellencamp once put out an album called Nothing Matters And What If It Did. But that was a long time ago in 1980, when he was known as John Cougar. Since then, the feisty Midwestern rocker has demonstrated that a great deal of things matter to him, from the plain-spoken, propulsive roots music heard on his mature albums to the workaday blue-collar men and women that have populated his songs for decades.

Thankfully, the Woody Guthrie populist from a red state also cares about entertaining his audience, and his Sad Clowns & Hillbillies tour — named after the 65-year-old Hoosier’s scrappy new album — is a well-plotted, multi-act package considerably bolstered by the presence of supporting acts Emmylou Harris, Carlene Carter, and vocal duo Lily & Madeleine. Read the complete review after the jump. Read More
07/06/2017 - Read Glenn Balboa's phone interview with John about playing Forest Hills this coming Tuesday, July 11th after the jump. Here is an excerpt: "Mellencamp says he’s interested in playing Forest Hills because of its tennis history, but “A stage is a stage.” “It’s one size fits all at this point,” he says. Read More
07/03/2017 - Jane Pauley of CBS Sunday Morning recently visited John at his Bloomington, IN property. The singer-songwriter talks to Jane Pauley about how he has suffered throughout his life, to varying degrees, from panic attacks. He also discusses creativity, from his painting, to how his gift for songwriting has evolved over time. Watch the video below and read the entire transcript of their interview together along with a bonus clip after the jump. Read More
06/30/2017 - Today, John Mellencamp journeys into the darkness of coal mining life in his reverent cover of Merle Travis' 1946 song "Dark as a Dungeon," recorded in support of National Geographic's acclaimed documentary about the mining industry, “From The Ashes.” See link to the song here and official music video featuring Mellencamp here.   Read the complete press release after the jump.

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06/28/2017 - In 1946, singer-songwriter Merle Travis wrote “Dark as a Dungeon” to describe the harsh and dangerous conditions that coal miners experienced every day. John Mellencamp recorded a special version of the song in support of From the Ashes, a new documentary about the legacy and future of the coal industry in the U.S. From the Ashes premiered Sunday June 25th on National Geographic Channel with repeats scheduled over the coming weeks. From now until July 3 you can watch the documentary on the film's website. To learn more about the film and how you can support coal dependent communities visit www.fromtheashesfilm.com.

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06/28/2017 - Read Melissa Ruggieri of the AJC's complete show review after the jump. Here are some excerpts: "he put down his guitar and expertly seethed during the still-bitter “Pop Singer” and punched the air to accentuate a note while strolling the stage for “Check it Out,” which featured lovely fiddle strains from Miriam Sturm..."

His voice a familiar, meaty rasp throughout the 90-minute show, Mellencamp unleashed his muscular defenses of the working class..." Read More
06/27/2017 - For his "Sad Clowns & Hillbillies" tour, John Mellencamp brought along Carlene Carter - the night's self-described hostess who appears on the recent album, as well as Emmylou Harris. Each iconic woman performed her own set, as well as joining in with the headliner's set. With Mellencamp dressed rather formally, this man introduced as being from Bloomington, Ind. put on a show both deep in content and emotion. Read Dan MacIntosh's complete LA Greek Theater show review after the jump. Read More
06/27/2017 - Just as Woody Guthrie and Lead Belly painted pictures of daily life and struggles in their day, perhaps the two best such troubadours of our time are Mellencamp and Willie Nelson. A person would be hard pressed to find finer realistic portrayals of our country and its people today than those being written and performed by Mellencamp. What makes his glimpses into the human condition so convincing, and so accurate is their inherent honesty. His protagonists are instantly recognizable in ourselves.

More than four decades on and Mellencamp is still gifting us illuminating portraits of who we are, how we see ourselves, and how we view the world we live in. His 23rd studio album Sad Clowns & Hillbillies, out on Republic Records, is a scintillating experience. Read Barry Kerzner's complete review after the jump. Read More
06/26/2017 - John taped an interview at his Indiana Art Studio with Jane Pauley of the CBS Sunday Morning Show, discussing his recent release Sad Clowns & Hillbillies, among other interesting and intriguing topics and even takes Jane on a motorcycle ride! CBS Sunday Morning airs at 9 AM ET. Check your local listings for airtimes.

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06/22/2017 - The Grammy-winning singer-songwriter discusses his career and latest album Sad Clowns & Hillbillies. Watch John's sit down interview with Tavis Smiley HERE Read More
06/17/2017 - Read David Masciotra's indepth interview at John's Belmont Mall studio after the jump. Here are some excerpts: "As night comes to America, I visit John Mellencamp in his Indiana studio, where the art of tragedy and triumph rule..."

“For me, it was the most natural thing in the world. I was singing in bar bands since I was 15, and playing soul music and rock music, but also, around the same time, I started singing folk songs, and with just my guitar I’d play some hotel or lounge. Back then, you could turn on the radio, and on the same station you could hear a rock song, a soul song, a folk song. So, for me it’s all always just been music.” Read More
06/15/2017 - Read Felice Lineberry's complete Marymoor Park review after the jump. Here is an excerpt: "At the end of the show, Mellencamp addressed the crowd about the past. “So there really is no past,” he exclaimed after questioning why we always reminisce about days gone by. “You bring it along with you, it’s part of you. You know it’s just part of our lives...” Read More
06/14/2017 - John Mellencamp has never been known to pull his punches. “I saw through the music business very early, with the ‘Johnny Cougar’ thing,” he says, referring to the cringeworthy stage name given to him by a former manager in the 1970s. “I had the reputation of being very difficult—but I’m not, really. I’m just doing what most guys don’t do, which is stand up for yourself.”

Rather than succumb to the constant chart-driven pressures of the hitmaking machine, Mellencamp did indeed stand up to reclaim his name in the ensuing decade, establishing himself as one of our most poignant observational songwriters in the process. And his skill at depicting the litany of American tomfoolery and social malaise is once again on pointed display in Sad Clowns & Hillbillies. Read Mike Mettler's insightful interview with John after the jump. Read More
06/13/2017 - We will be offering a limited number of tickets, including covered reserved seats, non-roof covered reserved seats and general admission lawn tickets in a Mellencamp.com free member pre-sale on Thursday, June 15th, beginning at 10 AM ET through Thursday, June 22nd ending at 10 PM, or whenever our allotment runs out - supplies are limited. The pre-sale tickets will be offered through Live Nation using a password posted on the TOUR page for logged in members. Read THIS tutorial to learn how our pre-sale works. Please watch our TOUR page for more details.

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