02/26/2010 - By Adam Sheets - Sometime in the next week as part of my job, I will be writing a newspaper
review of the new Johnny Cash album. However, I will probably not post it here
because it will probably not live up to the high standards of this site. To be
honest, I'm not really looking forward to it.
"What?," you ask, "You're not looking forward to new Johnny Cash?!" Of course I
am looking forward to the music itself; in fact, I can hardly wait until
tomorrow for the release, but what I am not looking forward to is writing a
review whose intended audience is people who did not know Johnny Cash ever
existed until after he was dead.
That is why I am thankful for No Depression and the great work done by all of
you here. You guys actually care about quality music and a good blog post or
video on this site can brighten up a bad day. I'm hoping the following can maybe
do the same for one of you.
Prior to my discovery of more “underground” America Read More
02/18/2010 - John's official Fan Club, ClubCherryBomb.net, is partnering with Rock Fest to make available a limited number of one day VIP tickets only for PAID Club members. They will include a July 17th ticket in the reserved seating area right in front of the stage, along with complimentary lunch, dinner, drinks, VIP area and parking. This is a limited offer and only available here. Typically VIP tickets are only sold in a package for all four nights but Rock Fest and Club Cherry Bomb have come together for this exclusive offer for the PAID club member!
The one day VIP tickets will be $176.50 plus taxes and fees each and will be sold directly via phone by Rock Fest using a PAID Club member exclusive password. The presale will begin on Friday February 19th, please watch the Club TOUR page for details. Visit their Read More
02/18/2010 - John Mellencamp and his band will headline Rock Fest 2010 in Cadott WI on Saturday, July 17th. Rock Fest is four day music festival.
Rock Fest officials tell Mellencamp.com that attendee surveys over the past few years have had John at the top of the wish list for future fests. The venue is a naturally sloping amphitheater that can hold 25,000+ in the audience.
Tickets to the festival go on sale this Saturday, February 20th, at 8 AM CT. Please visit www.rock-fest.com for ticket pricing, complete line up and camping information. Read More
02/15/2010 - By Mike Leonard - Commentary - There was a point before the musical program
at the White House last week when John Mellencamp looked around the room and
wondered, “What am I doing here?”
The singers and performers assembled were mostly African-American and rightly
so. The program was put together in recognition of Black History Month and
titled, “In Performance at the White House: A Celebration of Music from the
Civil Rights Movement.”
Morgan Freeman, Smokey Robinson, Natalie Cole, Yolanda Adams, the Five Blind
Boys from Alabama. That all made sense. All had either lived through the civil
rights era of the late 1950s and ‘60s or lived it vicariously through family
members and mentors.
Of the three white entertainers there, Bob Dylan clearly belonged. When he wrote
“The Times They Are A-Changin’,” the civil rights movement was very much on his
Joan Baez helped galvanize the aspirations of blacks and whites with her
ethereal version of the spir Read More
02/12/2010 - A complete, unedited version of John's performance of "Born in the U.S.A." from December's Kennedy Center Honors segment celebrating the music of honoree Bruce Springsteen has surfaced.
The four-minute clip really stretches out the song, which opens slowly with John on acoustic guitar, Kenny Aronoff clapping tambourines, and Andy York inserting electric guitar licks before the houseband gradually joins in, maintaining a mostly acoustic simmer for the first two before John cuts it off for at the two-minute mark for 30 seconds of a cappella Vietnam reminiscence. He then kicks it off into the full-fledged rock anthem made famous in Springsteen's hit version.
“I was very proud and humbled to have been able to play ‘Born In The U.S.A.’ in a different fashion--that I think was true to the feelings that Bruce had when he wrote it,” Mellencamp told us shortly after the program was taped on Dec. 6. “As just some kid in New Jersey making records, I bet he never imagined in his wilde Read More
02/10/2010 - Accurate predictions of the second major snowstorm in a week caused the
scheduled Feb. 10 taping of “In Performance at the White House: A Celebration of
Music from the Civil Rights Movement” to be moved a day ahead. But John's
performance of "Keep Your Eyes On The Prize," the hymn that became a major civil
rights anthem and was recorded by the likes of Mahalia Jackson, Odetta and Pete
Seeger, was commended by both The Washington Post and The New York Times.
John prefaced a simmering rendition of the classic--which featured his acoustic
guitar part on his vintage 1932 Martin buttressed by Andy York's electric guitar
play--with a brief personal remembrance.
"In 1966 I was 14 years old," he said, then asked the attendees in the East Room
of The White House whether they had any children, and if so, if they'd let their
own 14 year-old "get in a car with a bunch of 21 year-old guys and go to a bar
and play when they were 14, or go to a college and pl Read More
02/09/2010 - John returns to Washington, D.C. along with notables like Bob Dylan and Smokey Robinson, for the 2010 White House Music Series which begins this Wednesday, February 10th.
Hosted by President and Mrs. Obama in the White House East Room, the “In Performance at the White House: A Celebration of Music from the Civil Rights Movement” concert event will celebrate Black History month. Other artists slated to perform include Dylan, Robinson, Natalie Cole, Jennifer Hudson, John Legend, Seal, the Blind Boys of Alabama and the Howard University Choir, with Morgan Freeman and Queen Latifah serving as emcees. Following opening remarks from the President, it will feature songs from the Civil Rights Movement as well as readings from famous Civil Rights speeches and writings.
John will sing “Keep Your Eyes On the Prize,” an anthem of the civil rights movement that has been recorded by the likes of Mahalia Jackson, Odetta, Pete Seeger, and Mavis Staples. Read More
02/04/2010 - Last week’s MusiCares Person of the Year gala honoring Neil Young in Los Angeles
was a joyous occasion, says Andy York, who played guitar on John’s tribute
performance of his Farm Aid co-founding partner’s classic “Down By the River.”
“Kenny Aronoff played a cocktail drumkit we brought in from Indianapolis, and
Don Was played upright bass and T Bone Burnett played this beautiful electric
vibe guitar,” says York. “We rehearsed the song a couple times during soundcheck
and it really felt like a band from the first note. It was a blast playing
John, he notes, “sang with the conviction that he’s famous for.”
He adds: “We tried to make the song more spooky even than Neil’s original—with
tremelo guitars and the cocktail drums and the upright bass all supporting
John’s vocal delivery.”
John was the first performer in an all-star lineup that also included Ozomatli,
Jackson Browne, David Crosby, Stephen Stills, Graham Nash, Sheryl Crow, Elton
J Read More
01/29/2010 - HBO Home Entertainment will release “The Official Inaugural Celebration DVD,” containing the pre-inaugural “We Are One” concert presentation along with the first-ever Neighborhood Ball and Barack Obama’s swearing-in ceremony and inaugural address, on April 13. Endorsed by the Presidential Inaugural Committee, the special edition two-disc collector’s set runs approximately 230 minutes and is priced at $19.97.
Accompanied by Andy York, John performed an exultant version of “Pink Houses” that had the huge crowd singing along with them and the Brookland Baptist Choir (Columbia, S.C.) behind them. President-elect Obama and Mrs. Obama and Vice President-elect Biden and Dr. Biden were equally thrilled.
01/27/2010 - John returns to Washington, D.C. to sing with the likes of Bob Dylan and Smokey
Robinson when The 2010 White House Music Series begins on Wednesday, February
10. He will also perform earlier that day at a companion workshop.
Hosted by President and Mrs. Obama in the White House East Room, the “In
Performance at the White House: A Celebration of Music from the Civil Rights
Movement” concert event will celebrate Black History month. Other artists slated
to perform include Natalie Cole, Jennifer Hudson, John Legend, Seal, the Blind
Boys of Alabama and the Howard University Choir, with Morgan Freeman and Queen
Latifah serving as emcees.
John will sing the hymn “Keep Your Eyes On the Prize,” which became a major
Civil Rights anthem and has been recorded by the likes of Duke Ellington
featuring Mahalia Jackson, Odetta, Bob Dylan, Pete Seeger, Bruce Springsteen,
and Mavis Staples. He will be accompanied by T Bone Burnett.
The concert will be taped live by public TV Read More
Ever since Simon Cowell’s decision to step down at the end of the current season of “American Idol,” entertainment bloggers and prognosticators have speculated as to who will take his place as the belligerent judge. And any number of stars have been suggested (or suggested themselves), everyone from La Toya Jackson to “America’s Got Talent” judge Piers Morgan (the 2-1 favorite, according to gambling site Bookmaker.com) to Elton John, whose rep quickly came out to nix the idea.
On Thursday, blogger Nicole Caminiti broached the inevitable in her “John Mellencamp: the Perfect Replacement for Simon Cowell on American Idol” piece. (LINK)
“I have followed this man's career for over 20 years and truth be told, I feel like I know him,” she wrote by way of explanation, no doubt expressing what many of Jo Read More
01/16/2010 - John will appear in DIRECTV’s first in a series of four one-hour “Farm Aid
Presents” specials taped at Farm Aid 2009, to air on The 101 Network on DIRECTV
over the next few months.
“Farm Aid Presents Jason Mraz & Friends” premieres on Monday, Jan. 18, at 9 p.m.
Eastern Time and Pacific. It features performances by John and fellow Farm Aid
board member Willie Nelson, as well as the full Farm Aid set from Mraz and songs
by Will Dailey. It airs in both high definition and surround sound.
The Mraz special will be repeated throughout the rest of January and Feburary.
DIRECTV originally aired Farm Aid 2009 live from the Verizon Wireless
Amphitheater in Maryland Heights, Mo., just outside of St. Louis. Ambassador
Entertainment Inc. produced the live presentation and the “Farm Aid Presents”
Subsequent broadcasts of “Farm Aid Presents Jason Mraz & Friends” on The 101
Network are scheduled as follows: