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11/09/2016 - Read Anthony Kuzminski's complete Chicago Theater review after the jump. Here are some excerpts: ""Indigo Sunset" and "My Soul's Got Wings" are both rich in the traditional folk and soul Mellencamp has channelled in the last decade..."

"Some songs may have been written decades apart, but they are connected through the musical DNA strains forming an all-encompassing story..." Read More
11/02/2016 - John Mellencamp stood at the microphone at the center of the Lied Center stage, holding an acoustic guitar and talking about the song he was going to play next.

“I wrote this song when I was a child,” he said. “This is like singing ‘Jingle Bells’ to me. The only reason I play this song is I know you guys want to hear it. And I know what I was doing the night I wrote this. It’s lucky it got written at all.”

Then he launched into “Jack and Diane,” his first hit, and brilliantly turned it into a sing-along that felt like it was written to be sung by a crowd. Read Matt Ryerson's complete show review after the jump. Read More
10/23/2016 - America has a rich history of musical families. Clans whose songs have endured throughout generations, whose crests — if drawn up today — would be decorated with symbols of their legacy and innovation. "Sometimes a family makes music; other times, music makes the family..."

“ Over the past three years, Carter has gained a brother — and their bond proves that music can be almost as thick as blood.

Rock and Roll Hall of Famer John Mellencamp has become more than a friend — he is more like an adopted sibling, and his belief in her has energized this chapter of her career. Read Aarik Danielsen's complete interview with Carlene Carter and Mike Wanchic after the jump. Read More
10/22/2016 - As the honorary mayor of Tent City, Ken Leslie the creator of Veterans Matter introduces John to speak before the Walk To End Veteran Homelessness in Toledo, Ohio on Oct 21st, just a few hours before his sold-out concert at the Stranahan Theatre. Since 1990, Tent City has been Toledo’s annual event to help the homeless. Mellencamp first visited Toledo in 2007 and was the inspiration for the sponsor of Tent City and 1Matters.Org.

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10/20/2016 - Read Dan Kane's complete review of the Akron Civic Theatre show on October 19th after the jump. Here is an excerpt: "Mellencamp accompanied himself on acoustic guitar for "Jack and Diane," and with piano backing crooned a nightclub number in a style reminiscent of Tom Waits. His rendition of Robert Johnson's "Stones in My Passway" was impassioned blues. He sang "Pop Singer," which denounces shallow radio pap, with sly humor. Read More
10/20/2016 - From the moment he strolled out on stage with his Fender Telecaster until the final notes of his last song 95 minutes later, John Mellencamp had the sold-out crowd at the F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts in Wilkes-Barre on Friday, Oct. 14 in the palm of his hand.

Sometimes they sang along, sometimes they danced, sometimes they just sat and listened intently to his words at the second show of the seventh and final leg of the “Plain Spoken” tour.

.Read the complete show review with a link to photos from the evening after the jump. Read More
10/15/2016 - “Ladies and Gentlemen, from Bloomington, Indiana, please welcome Mr. John Mellencamp,” echoed throughout the F.M. Kirby Center.

The lights on the stage rose and a six-piece band stood together on stage. Chords from “Lawless Times” shook the theater as guitar and fiddles were met with cheers and claps.

Then, out walked the man of the hour, which brought everyone to their feet as he bowed to his fans.

John Mellencamp wowed a sold-out crowd at the F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts Friday evening as a part of his seventh and final leg of the Plain Spoken Tour. Read the complete Kirby Center review after the jump. Read More

10/12/2016 - John kicked off his 2016 Fall Plain Spoken Tour at The Hanover Theatre in Worcester, MA last night to rave reviews. Read Jim Perry's of Worcester Magazine complete review of the show after the jump. Here are some excerpts: "He continues to prove that he is an artist who does not sit on his laurels, but continues to grow..."

"His backing band was stellar, bringing out every nuance the songs demanded, and you could tell immediately this was going to be a night of serious music..."

"He caressed the audience as if they were hanging out in his living room..." Read More
10/12/2016 - John Mellencamp rocked the Hanover Theater Tuesday night, kicking off the final leg of his “Plain Spoken” tour on his only stop in New England scheduled during the extended performances.

He is touring with an entourage of stellar musicians on accordion, violin, guitar, keyboard, bass and drums performing heartland rock with traditional instrumentation on his "Plain Spoken" Tour, named for his 2015 album. Read Paula Owen's complete review after the jump. Read More
10/07/2016 - John Mellencamp rumbles into Worcester Tuesday, Oct. 11 to kick off the final leg of a tour that started last year. “Plain Spoken” is the name of both the tour and Mellencamp’s 2015 album, his 22nd studio recording, and the show at Hanover Theatre promises to be among the most intimate yet. Mellencamp’s longtime friend and guitarist, Mike Wanchic, and opening act Carlene Carter spoke with Worcester Magazine about the 2016 Fall leg of the Plain Spoken tour. Read the complete interview after the jump. Read More
09/20/2016 - Luminaries from the film, music and writing worlds honored Tom Waits and folk singer John Prine for their songwriting at the Song Lyrics of Literary Excellence Awards on Monday, September 19th.

John Mellencamp, Elvis Costello and Roseanne Cash took turns performing renditions of the artists' songs before a crowd of more than 500 people at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum. John opened the ceremony with an a cappella version of Prine's 1978 song "Sabu Visits the Twin Cities Alone," which imagines the later years of an Indian child actor from the early 1940s. Mellencamp called the lyrics "sophisticated but simple." "Who writes songs like that?" he said. "Two people come to mind — God and John Prine." Read the complete article and view a photo slide show after the jump. Read More
09/19/2016 - Farm Aid 2016 celebrated its 31st show with its annual concert this past Saturday, Sept. 17th in Bristow, VA at the Jiffy Lube Live. John's rocking performance was a highlight of a day packed with great music. Watch "Small Town" and the rest of John's set after the jump.

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09/16/2016 - When John Mellencamp took the stage at the first Farm Aid on Sept. 22, 1985, he had no idea that it would become an annual event.

"We thought we'd do this concert, idealistically believing that it was the right thing to do, and laws would be passed protecting people," Mellencamp, 64, tells PEOPLE exclusively. "We thought that one concert would do it. But then we found out very rapidly that we were entering into an arena that was much more complicated and filled with more political and economical factors than we could have imagined." Read this enlightening interview after the jump. Read More
08/29/2016 - John Mellencamp, Jackson Browne and Fleetwood Mac's Lindsey Buckingham are featured on the official soundtrack to the Showtime series Roadies, which was just released digitally and will be available for purchase as a physical album Friday, September 2. The record is made up almost entirely of new live performances by various artists, many of whom made cameo appearances on the show.  Purchase the official soundtrack now on Apple Music.  Purchase “Longest Days” from John's July 31, 2016 appearance HERE.

Roadies creator, writer and director Cameron Crowe explains of the show’s music, “Great care was taken that the songs chosen for each artist have another meaning, a thread to our story or characters. The only rule was: no lip-syncing to playback. Not even to live versions recorded in a previous take. These would be authentic live performances. Real performances. That’s where the magic happens, for an audience and even a crew.” Read More

08/26/2016 - This fall, before his concert at the Stranahan on Oct. 21, Mellencamp will return to Tent City, this time as the Honorary Mayor and Grand Marshal to kick off Tent City and the Veterans Matter Walk to End Veteran Homelessness.

To help the group raise additional funds, Mellencamp will also invite the highest Veterans Matter Walk fundraiser and a guest to his show that evening with a meet-and-greet immediately following. The singer is donating an additional ticket package to support the Oct. 19 fundraiser hosted by his long-time tour manager and 1Matters board member Harry Sandler. Sandler will be presenting an October-long show of his photography, “Images of a Photographic Journey,” at the Toledo School for the Arts Porter Gallery. Read the complete press release after the jump.

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