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07/03/2010 - Here is an excerpt from Billboard Magazine On The Rural Route 7609 review by Gary Graff:

"..this handsomely packaged four-disc, 54-track collection documents the Indiana rocker's career as ambitious songwriter, insightful societal observer, sharp-tonged sociopolitical commentator and, occasionally, raconteur who's done far more
than just R-O-C-K in the USA..."

"..it allows listeners to appreciate Mellencamp's music in fresh contexts..."

"..a deserving and serious-minded overview for one of American's under-appreciated
titans of song..."
 

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07/02/2010 - In The Studio Profiles On The Rural Route 7609 Nationally syndicated radio show In The Studio with host Redbeard featured John's box set On The Rural Route 7609 on a recent episode. Read More
07/02/2010 - Cable network VH1 Classic has debuted a new one hour series called All-Time Top Ten that reviews an artists best career videos. This week they debuted their John Mellencamp episode. The episode includes numerous interview snippets from throughout John's career from the MTV/VH1 vault and ten of John's best videos. John's episode is hosted by original MTV VJ Mark Goodman. There are several re-airings scheduled for VH1 Classic including the following:

All times are ET
Sat 7/3 9:00-10:00am
Sat 7/3 6:00-7:00pm
Tue 7/6 2:00-3:00pm
Tue 7/6 11:00-12:00am
Wed 7/7 11:00-12:00pm
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07/02/2010 - In The Studio Profiles On The Rural Route 7609 Nationally syndicated radio show In The Studio with host Redbeard featured John's box set On The Rural Route 7609 on a recent episode. The hour long episode included several box set tracks packaged with excerpts from Redbeard's numerous interviews with John over the years. These classic interview clips find John talking about his career and many classic songs. InTheStudio.net has posted the interview segments from the special for online listening, look for the play button in the red bar on the right side of the page. While on their site be sure to check out the live version of "Pink Houses" from their archives. Read More
06/19/2010 - Rounder Records will release No Better Than This, an album from John Mellencamp of all new original songs that was recorded at a variety of historically significant locations around the South. The album, set for release August 17, was produced by T Bone Burnett who earlier collaborated with Mellencamp on the much-lauded Life Death Love and Freedom. Time Magazine called it “his best in a decade” and Rolling Stone ranked it #5 in its listing of the 50 best albums of the year.

No Better Than This was recorded over the course of a few break days afforded Mellencamp when he was on a tour of minor league ball parks last year, sharing the bill with Bob Dylan and Willie Nelson. The album was recorded on vintage equipment – a 55 year-old Ampex tape recorder with just one microphone -- in Savannah at the First African Baptist Church, in Memphis at Sun Studios and in San Antonio in room 414 of the Gunter Hotel.

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06/19/2010 - Here is an excerpt from the examiner.com On The Rural Route 7609 review by Jim Bessman :

Mellencamp, who labored long and not so lovingly on the box had a much different objective in mind than chronologically recapping his career in the hits-focused manner of most such undertakings. Rather, he expressly sought to compile material that he felt had been wrongly overlooked in relation to his pop hits, and arranged the discs as if they were four new and distinct albums...

So On The Rural Route 7609 succeeds in rediscovering and reformatting material Mellencamp cut between 1976, when he began making records, and 2009...

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06/19/2010 - St. Louis rock station KSHE95 has run a pair of stories featuring quotes from John about what he learned on the 2009 Bob Dylan tour and about the experience of recording his new album No Better Than This.

John Mellencamp says that he learned invaluable lessons on the road last summer while performing at a slew of the nation's minor league ballparks. Mellencamp, who just released his career-spanning four-CD box set On The Rural Route 7609, explained that the Dylan tour left an indelible mark on him: "Y'know, it's pretty loose. It's not really a 'rock show' -- y'know what I'm saying? It's about songwriting and it's a lot looser than shows I had done in the past when it was me in an arena, or me in a shed where it's, like, people expect a performance. I've learned a lot by doing so many shows with Dylan, because Bob is pretty much. . . he's really in the moment."

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06/18/2010 - Here are excerpts from the Music & Musicians Magazine Review By Chris Neal

When it comes time for the box-set treatment, most artist are content to line up a few discs' worth of hits and rarities and let 'em fly. John Mellencamp is not like most artists...

On the Rural Route 7609 is a four-CD collection that sets out to tell a story all its own, tracking connections among its songs and emphasize its author's current attitudes and concerns as much as his history. On the Rural route 7609 is as thoughtful, willful and knotty as the man himself...

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06/18/2010 - By David Fricke - On The Rural Route 7609 Review - Handsome four-CD box set spans the Indiana rocker's career, from "Jack and Diane" to Woody Guthrie.

These four CDs come in a hardcover book with the heft and texture of a Dust Bowl-family photo album. The setting suits the purpose. This is a study in storytelling - Mellencamp's drive to probe and capture, with folk grit and a great rock band, the gross injustices and precious victories of American life. The hits come with context: "Jack and Diane" appears with two formative demos. But there is more emphasis on honoring, in songs like "Rural Route" and "Ghost Towns Along the Highway," " the Woody Guthrie ideal": a melody and truth to move the world. Read More
06/18/2010 - Music blog JSItop21.com's John Shelton Ivany reviews On The Rural Route 7609 in his current online newsletter issue #378. Here are some excerpts:

The musical background is diverse in tempo and style. Still, the tunes flow smoothly together around and over the rocks and mud in the riverbed of Mellencamp's country-boy-come- rock-philosopher life...

When Mellencamp writes from his soul, the outcome is poignant enough to implicate all of us who have rage in our heads and love in our chests...

This collection is not to be missed. If all you know is "Jack and Diane," dive in and get to know the intense, amazing wisdom and character behind the rock star...

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06/18/2010 - A photo of John is being featured in a new "1 for All" campaign designed to heighten public awareness of the First Amendment.

The campaign, which launches July 1, is an unprecedented collaborative effort of educators, artists, journalists, lawyers, librarians and others in promoting a greater understanding of the First Amendment and encouraging young people to learn more about it--while providing teachers with the tools they need to do a better job of teaching about freedom. Ellen DeGeneres and "Meet the Press" host David Gregory are also pictured in the print and online advertising, which will be shown in over 1,000 media outlets including Google, USA Today, the New York Times Company, Parade magazine, the Huffington Post, NPR and Yahoo.

John's image will run in August and will be accompanied by the following text: "Free to speak to write to pray to rock to tweet. Thanks to the First Amendment, you can be whoever and whatever you want to be. Learn more and cele Read More
06/18/2010 - From the AOL Radio Blog: 'No Better Than This' is the first single from John Mellencamp's upcoming studio album of the same name. The album was recorded in a variety of historically significant locations in the south while Mellencamp was on tour last summer.

Appropriately, the song 'No Better Than This' features a prominent rockabilly beat and lively, uncomplicated production. The lyrics portray a pretty happy guy reveling in the simple pleasures of romance and music: "Give me good loving / And seal it with a kiss / Drop me off where the music sounds / It can get no better than this."

Rather than shacking up in one studio to produce every song, Mellencamp found inspiration by moving to different locations and recording in quick, uncomplicated methods. The famous Sun Studios in Memphis and the Gunter Hotel in San Antonio -- reportedly the site of Robert Johnson's f Read More
06/18/2010 - Here are excerpts from the Critics At Large Review By John Corcelli

Mellencamp's songs are often a little subversive: on the outside they appear nostalgic and idealistic; but on the inside it's a much darker story. All told, they are compositions that lament a bruised and battered people and a worn-out countryside...

If the intent of this box set is to present John Mellencamp strictly as a songwriter rather than a rock star, then it succeeds majestically...

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06/18/2010 - Here is an excerpt from the Cape Cod Times Review By Ken Capobianco

"Mellencamp’s transformation from a generic, industry built rocker into one of the most eloquent and sharp-eyed chroniclers of the hopes and failures of America is one of rock music’s great stories... "

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06/18/2010 - Here is an excerpt from the Springfield, MA Repubican by Kevin O'Hare:

"he is a perfect example of a guy who not satisfied with his early taste of stardom and decided to be something more..." (four stars)

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