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10/21/2010 - Read The Speaking Clock Revue by David Bauder. Here are some excerpts: "Mellencamp has flourished creatively since working with Burnett. And his choices reflected the husky-voiced troubadour he has now become, rather than the youthful hitmaker he was in the 1980s..."

"Backlit with a single white light, Mellencamp most effectively captured the spirit of the benefit. "Save some time to dream," he sang in the acoustic ballad with that name, "'cause your dream might save us all."
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10/21/2010 - Read Jim Bessman's review of The Speaknig Clock Revue Concert. Here is an excerpt: "however, ably played it both ways. Accompanied by his splendid guitarist Andy York, he rocked solid with the ensemble on "Troubled Land" (Elson adding backup vocal support) and then did a beautiful solo acoustic turn on "Save Some Time To Dream," which he prefaced with a pointed dedication to America's children "and the education they're not getting." Read More
10/21/2010 - The current issue of Rolling Stone magazine features a report from Farm Aid 25 held recently in Milwaukee WI. John is interviewed as part of the report and it includes a photo of John as well. The issue is #1115 dated October 14, 2010 with Keith Richards on the cover. Read More
10/21/2010 - Read Mervyn Dendy's review of On The Rural Route 7609. Here are some excerpts: "On the Rural Route 7609 is a thought-provoking and, ultimately, brilliant collection of contemporary American music by a man who, in his fifties, is writing some of the strongest material of his career. As he matures artistically, Mellencamp is growing in stature as a songwriter and recording artiste..."

"not merely yet another box-set summary of a musician’s work: it is a timeless classic..." Read More
10/18/2010 - Read Jim Sullivan's of the Boston Herald review of The Speaking Clock Revue Concert. Here is an excerpt: "There were highlights scattered everywhere, but certainly Mellencamp’s four new songs were up there. The heartland rocker has stripped away the fist-pumping arena rock and roughened up his sound, almost like Tom Waits. He got the night’s first standing ovation for “Save Some Time to Dream,” a call-out to a younger generation. Dream, but realize sorrow and failure come to us all..." Read More
10/18/2010 - A fan has posted a video of  John's performance at The Speaking Clock Revue in Boston, MA at The Wang Theater from Saturday, October 16, 2010 John was given the first standing ovation of the night. 

Read the Boston Herald and Boston Globe show reviews.



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10/18/2010 - Read James Reed's review of The Speaking Clock Revue Show at The Wang Theater in Boston, MA. Here is an excerpt: "Mellencamp, on the other hand, burrowed into his bone-dry latest recordings with Burnett, coming off like a grizzled rocker. He’s now writing some of the best songs of his career — and performed with the confidence that comes from such a feat..." Read More
10/18/2010 - Read Brennan Carley;s of the Boston College Independent Newspapers review of The Speaking Clock Revue Show. Here is an excerpt: "the passion he brought to the stage was unmatched by any other performer..." Read More
10/15/2010 - Read Darryl Morden of Buzzine.com No Better Than This review. Here is an excerpt: "He brings a truth that can disturb, comfort, but most of all move the listener... " Read More
10/15/2010 - Read Kevin Krieger's 4 W's (star) review: Here is an excerpt: “No Better Than This” is Mellencamp’s history lesson for the adventurous listener willing to follow him down the musical paths cut by legends like Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan and Woody Guthrie. Read More
10/15/2010 - Read Ninebullets.net' No Better Than This review. Here is an excerpts: "No Better Than This could be the kingpin in this late-life, post-major label renaissance that Mr. Mellencamp is currently crafting..." Read More
10/14/2010 - On Oct 16 & 20 John joins Elton John, Leon Russell, Elvis Costello, and Gregg Allman, among others, to perform as part of T-Bone Burnett's Speaking Clock Revue in Boston & New York City.

St. Louis radio station KSHE ran the following sound clip of T Bone talking about working with John: T-Bone Burnett, who produced 2008's Life, Death Love, And Freedom and the new No Better Than This, says that he walked away from the sessions a bigger fan then ever of Mellencamp as both an artist and a man: "I love John Mellencamp, he is a powerful musician, and he rocks like crazy, I have to say. He's a really great singer -- we did the thing live. He's a great storyteller, he's a great songwriter, he's a terrific painter. Y'know, he's made a beautiful life for himself up there in the woods of Indiana (laughs). He's never left. Now he's a little like the madman up in the woods." Read More
10/13/2010 - John Mellencamp is joining the producer of his last two albums, T Bone Burnett, the man he referred to last week at the Americana Music awards as "his musical conscience," for a pair of shows in Boston and New York City in October as a part of The Speaking Clock Revue.

The shows will be revue style with a T Bone selected house band backing a wide variety of artists including: John Mellencamp, Elton John & Leon Russell, Elvis Costello, Gregg Allman, Ralph Stanley, Jeff Bridges, Punch Brothers, Karen Elson, and newcomers The Secret Sisters. In addition, Neko Case and Jim James from My Morning Jacket will join the lineup in Boston and New York respectively.

The Speaking Clock Revue shows benefit The Participant Foundation to support music and arts education in public schools. After the jump we have more details, ticket information and the full press release. Read More
10/06/2010 - Long time John Mellencamp tour manager Harry Sandler is submitting some visual "iPhone Postcards From The Road" documenting John's activities. Our sixth image is from July 2009 in Savannah, GA. The picture is from John's recording session at the First African Baptist Church. John is joined by longtime guitarist Andy York.


Click HERE for other Postcards.

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10/05/2010 - Noted writer Greil Marcus muses on John's new album as part of his column in The Believer. Here is an excerpt, more after the jump: (4) John Mellencamp, No Better Than This (Rounder). Mellencamp had a ridiculously precious idea: record a set of new songs in the Sun studio in Memphis, where Howlin’ Wolf and Elvis once walked the few square feet as if it were the earth; in the First African Baptist Church in Savannah, Georgia, a stop on the Underground Railroad; and in Room 414 of the Gunter Hotel in San Antonio, where in 1936 Robert Johnson faced a wall and sang “Cross Road Blues”—and not just put the thing out on CD and vinyl, but do it all in mono. Read More
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