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11/24/2009 - The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) today released a list of the Top 25 most-performed holiday songs of the decade penned by its members—and included songwriter credits along with the most popular artist version played on radio today.

Coming in at No. 20 is "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus," which was written by Tommie Connor and taken to the top of the charts in 1952 by the late Jimmy Boyd. But it was John’s spirited Cajun-flavored take, which was included in the first volume of the “A Very Special Christmas” compilations (released in 1989), that was cited by ASCAP as the most popular artist version played on radio today.

Headlining the list, incidentally, was “Winter Wonderland” (The Eurythmics’ version is the most popular currently).

Mellencamp’s version was part of the 1987's “A Very Special Christmas” album compilation. It was cut with his Lonesome Jubilee band and was accompanied by a video featuring his then ver Read More
11/23/2009 - The fourth volume of live performances recorded at Neil and Pegi Young’s annual non-profit Bridge School Concert was just released digitally at iTunes. The 22-track set includes John’s performance of “Jackie Brown,” which was recorded at the Oct. 29, 2005 Bridge School Benefit.

The concerts benefit the unique Bridge School learning complex in Hillsborough, Cal., which assists children with severe physical impairments and challenging communication needs. The first concert was held in 1986, and has continued each year to host an all-star lineup.

Among the other notables on “The Bridge School Collection, Volume 4” are Josh Groban, Trent Reznor, John Mayer, Tom Waits & Kronos Quartet, Jerry Lee Lewis, Ministry, My Morning Jacket, Norah Jones, Tegan & Sara, Death Cab for Cutie and Band of Horses. Proceeds from the iTunes downloads will once again be donated to the school.

This is the second time that John has been featured on a Bridge School compilation. Read More
11/15/2009 - By Jane Ammeson - Times Correspondent

The "Small Town" that John Mellencamp immortalized in his 1985 hit song wasn't just an imagined Mayberry sort of place. Mellencamp, the rock singer and songwriter known for his heartland ballads, was writing about Seymour, Ind. , a town of about 20,000 just an hour south of Indianapolis.

There have been Mellencamps in Jackson County since the 1850s when a German immigrant, Johann Herman Möhlenkamp, settled in a nearby county.

Now an audio driving tour CD, "The Roots of an American Rocker," lets travelers listen to John Mellencamp's lyrics while visiting places important to him when he was growing up.

The folksy reminiscences include those from a woman he dated during his freshman year of high school. She recalls how Mellencamp tried to win her back by playing "Working My Way Back to You" on the telephone.

Though their romance didn't work out, Mellencamp later wrote a s Read More
11/11/2009 - John is set to help honor his Farm Aid co-founder Neil Young who is to receive the 2010 MusiCares annual Person of the Year tribute. The award is given at the 2010 MusiCares Person of the Year gala dinner and tribute concert on Fri. Jan. 29, 2010 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

The annual event is part of numerous activities that make up Grammy Week, culminating in the Grammy Awards ceremonies on Sun. Jan. 31. Proceeds will go to MusiCares, the Recording Academy’s foundation that provides a safety net of critical assistance for music people in times of financial, medical and personal emergencies.

Young is being recognized for his exceptional artistic achievements as well as his philanthropic work. He joins past Person of the Year honorees including Tony Bennett, Bono, Elton John, Bonnie Raitt, Paul Simon and Stevie Wonder.

In addition to John—who will likely perform solo acoustic—the other performers include Sheryl Crow, Emmylou Harris, Norah Jones, k.d. lang, Dave Matth Read More
11/02/2009 - Fans who can't wait until tomorrow's official release of the “NCIS: The Official TV Soundtrack – Vol. 2,” featuring John's brand new song "Someday The Rains Will Fall," can take advantage of a special promotion via Amazon.com's MP3 Downloads which finds the entire album available one day early for the discounted price of $3.99. Act quickly as these deals don't last! Click HERE to go to Amazon.com

To hear a sample of the track visit the Soundtrack Website which features clips of all of the songs along with lyrics.

“Someday The Rains Will Fall”
Written and Performed by John Mellencamp

Someday the rains will fall
When you expect it least
Someday the rains will fall

When I first come down here from the country
Came to the fork in the road
One way went nowhere
And the other, it carried a heavy load

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10/30/2009 - John’s four-CD box set “On the Rural Route 7609” is now being sequenced for release next spring.

The collection, which will include versions of some of John’s classic songs other then the well known ones in general release, was being prepared for release this year. Word now is that John and Mike Wanchic are hard at work reformatting and sequencing the material.
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10/30/2009 - On Wednesday, October 28, 2009, John performed two songs at a tribute event for his friend, former NCAA and Indiana University President Myles Brand. John prefaced his solo acoustic performance of "Longest Days" from the Life Death Love and Freedom album noting the long friendship their shared and how Myles always thought everything John said was funny. John said Myles found comfort in "Longest Days" as he fought his battle, ultimately succumbing to pancreatic cancer.



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10/29/2009 - A Mellencamp-inspired audio CD “driving tour” of Jackson County, Indiana, is now available from the Jackson Country Visitor Center.

The hour-long program is entitled “The Roots of an American Rocker” and features stops at many of John’s old stomping grounds and a detailed map of his Seymour hometown. Stops include John’s boyhood home, Larrison’s Diner, Schneck Medical Center, Seymour High School, Emerson Elementary School, First Presbyterian Church, Shields Junior High School, P.J.’s House, Dakota Ridge, Rockford Ridge, Rok-Sey Roller Rink, Southern Indiana Center for the Arts, Grandma Laura’s and One Chamber Square. Several locations were featured in John's film debut "Falling From Grace" or in many of his locally filmed music videos.

The CD soundtrack features snippets of several of John’s songs, along with the voices of various friends and acquainta Read More
10/28/2009 - John's song lyrics have been added to the DISCOGRAPHY section of Mellencamp.com. Each album includes the lyrics for the songs included on that album along with the track listing and album credits. Click HERE to check it out.
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10/26/2009 - John's complete 9 song set at Farm Aid 2009 has been posted to YouTube, use the player below to view or click HERE. The concert was Sunday, October 4th, 2009 at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater outside of St. Louis, MO. Read More
10/24/2009 - The Indiana Memorial Union Board, which celebrates its 100th anniversary in December, will honor John during the annual Union Board dinner on Oct. 31.

The board, which runs Indiana University’s landmark Memorial Union building, has hosted the likes of Colin Powell, Bill Cosby, Kurt Vonnegut, Cornel West, Maya Angelou and John, whom the board has presented in concert several times. It sponsored his free 2000 Good Samaritan show in Woodlawn Field just off of the Union, as well as his last campus concert, at Assembly Hall in 2002.

Made up of 16 student directors and four non-student directors, the board is charged with campus programming that "entertains and educates" the IU community. In recognition of its centennial celebration, IU president Michael McRobbie will deliver the keynote address at the dinner.

John's participation in IU activities include his commencement address in 2000, in which he advised graduates to "play it like you feel it! Read More
10/21/2009 - By Steve Leftridge

Something unusual was present at the press conference before the Farm Aid 2009 concert in St. Louis: a sense of optimism. Obviously, the situation in which family farmers in America find themselves is bleak, but the activists, farmers, and artists—including Farm Aid’s musical board members, Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp, and Dave Matthews—insisted that hopeful signs were on the horizon. First, people across the country are getting behind local-food movements, being educated to the healthful, economical, and ethical benefits of consuming food produced in and around one’s own zip code. Second, Farm Aid officials pointed to the obvious change in the attitude toward family-farm causes coming out of the new Administration in Washington: “We have an open door,” said Executive Director Carolyn Mugar.

Still, enormous challenges remain, namely addressing the ongoing dairy crisis by convincing the USDA to set milk prices that cover production cos Read More
10/21/2009 - John will be taking part in the Oct. 28 memorial tribute for former National Collegiate Athletic Association and Indiana University president Myles Brand. The NCAA will host the event in conjunction with IU at Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.

Brand, who died from pancreatic cancer on Sept. 16, was the first university president to lead the NCAA as its chief executive. He assumed that post in 2003 following his service as IU president from 1994 through 2002. It was during his IU tenure that he presented John an honorary degree in 2000, when John gave the spring commencement address.

During Brand's tenure John's lead gift helped the university build its indoor football practice facility.

Brand’s distinguished career in academia was capped by his time at IU, where he presided over a period of record student enrollments and national leadership in information technology and the life sciences, while continuing the school’s recognized strengths in the arts and humanities.
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10/17/2009 - John has been nominated for induction into the prestigious Songwriters Hall of Fame.

For the second year in a row he’s been named in the Performing songwriter category, this time along with Bono (Paul Hewson)/The Edge (David Evans)/Adam Clayton/Larry Mullen (U2), Garth Brooks, Leonard Cohen, Elvis Costello, Dion DiMucci, David Gates (Bread), Yusuf Islam (formerly Cat Stevens), Tommy James, Lou Reed, Leon Russell, and Maurice White/Philip Bailey/Verdine White/Larry Dunn/Al McKay (Earth, Wind and Fire).

Ballots are now being sent to SongHall voting members. They are due back by Dec. 11, with the results to be announced next year.

Incidentally, there is a Non-Performing songwriter category as well. Those nominees are Tommy Boyce & Bobby Hart, Jackie DeShannon, Luther Dixon, David Foster, Mark James, Robert John “Mutt” Lange, Johnny Mandel, Jerry Ragovy & Bert Berns, Harvey Schmidt & Tom Jones, Billy Sherrill, Joe South, and Paul Vance & Lee P Read More
10/16/2009 - Rolling Stone didn’t provide much coverage of Farm Aid other than a great photo of John and his guitar-slinging son Speck on stage.

John had brought Speck out to jam on his set’s closing “Authority Song,” which ended with a huge sing-along and a deafening crowd roar. John joked afterwards that the now 6 foot tall 14 year old Speck was trying out for the band.

The pic is in the current issue of Stone—dated Oct. 29 and with Madonna on the cover. It's also in the best position on the photo page--top left.
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