03/30/2012 - Read Wendell Brocks' feature on Ghost Brothers of Darkland County after the jump. Here is an excerpt: "Haunted by the tale, Mr. Mellencamp decided he wanted to turn it into a musical ghost story. And when you’ve sold 40 million albums and need a collaborator, you can start with the best ghost-story writer you can find..."
“I got this call out of the blue from John Mellencamp, saying he wanted to write a play,” Stephen King said..." Read More
03/29/2012 - Paul Polycarou of the Nashville Arts Magazine was thrilled to be invited to John's home studio to talk with him about his art and his upcoming exhibit at the Tennessee State Museum opening April 12th. To view a slide show of the complete article (pages 22 -27) and view some of the new painting that will be on exhibit please click HERE. The image on the cover of the Magazine is John's painting "Wanted" which is part of the show. After the jump we have the transcribed article. Read More
03/22/2012 - The paintings of John Mellencamp will be featured in his first museum
exhibition, Nothing Like I Planned: The Art of John Mellencamp,
from April 12, 2012 to June 10, 2012 at the Tennessee State Museum in Nashville.
The exhibition offers 52 paintings, spanning four decades of output
including numerous pieces that have never been exhibited previously.
The showing is free to the public. When asked about his work, Mellencamp
commented, "Do I have a mission of what I want to accomplish with this? I’ve
already accomplished it. There it is. There’s the song. There’s the painting.
I'm painting because I have to." Complete details are available after the jump. Read More
03/22/2012 - Mellencamp.com offers pre-sale tickets for most shows for the registered members of the website.
Visit the TOUR section for complete show details, pre-sale information and ticket prices. Click the small blue information icon for show-specific information. To learn more about how our free pre-sales work, click HERE for complete details about our ticket program.
Premium Ticket Packages will be offered first as a pre-sale for Mellencamp.com members. Click HERE to learn more about packages. Read More
03/21/2012 - We are offering No Better Than This Tour Premium Ticket Packages at shows on John's No Better Than This Tour. Each package includes a premium ticket in the first ten rows along with an impressive set of exclusive and collectible Mellencamp items!
Each package includes: One reserved ticket located in the first 10 rows of the stage - Exclusive Concert Shirt - Collectible Tour Poster (limited, numbered) -Limited edition vinyl copy of the new album No Better Than This - Commemorative Tour Laminate
Packages will go on sale via a pre-sale for Mellencamp.com member before going onsale to the general public. The package pre-sale will be at the same time as the Mellencamp.com Pre-Sale through the TOUR page. Limit of 4 per order. Quantities are very limited so act quickly! Read More
03/20/2012 - The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has announced the names of those who will be serving as presenters for the new inductees who will honored at a ceremony in Cleveland on April 14. John will be doing the honors for Donovan, an artist for whom he's had great affinity dating back to his early teen age years. His admiration is such that he invited Donovan to be part of his 2005 tour and duetted with him on "Sunshine Superman" at every concert date. John has also contributed liner notes to the forthcoming "Essential Donovan" compilation from Sony Legacy. For further information on the 2012 Induction please see
John performs "Sunshine Superman" live on tour with Donovan at the Hulman Center in Terre Haute, IN April 11, 2005 Read More
03/15/2012 - The Atlanta Constitution Journal's music blog reports on a private event on Wednesday night where the cast and musicians of Ghost Brothers of Darkland County premiered music from the upcoming musical.
As director Susan Booth explained, the primary reason for the shindig was to unveil some of the music in the show – written by Mellencamp with an assist from musical director T Bone Burnett.
Guarini and Lucas Kavner took to the small stage first to growl out the brooding country-roots thumper “Brotherly Love.” If you’re a fan of Mellencamp’s darker, meatier work of recent years, you’ll love the intensity of this one, a song well-sold by the handsome young men who are the titular brothers in the musical. Read the complete article after the jump. Read More
03/12/2012 - Read Jennifer Chancellor's complete Woody Guthrie Centennial Concert show review after the jump. Here are some excerpts: "John Mellencamp won hearts with his song, rolling-beat version of "This Train in Bound for Glory," voice rough-hewn and sentiment tried-and-true..."
"I Think we all know the words to this one," Mellencamp said as he chugged into a popular favorite, "Do-Re-Mi." Next, he said, "I flat-out stole this song from Woody," before he launch into his hit "Pink Houses" that had fans on their feet, dancing and singing every single world in unison. ... And another standing, screaming ovation..."
"Mellencamp returned to perform his favorite tune with Arlo Guthrie, "Oklahoma Hills" to stomping feet and staccato hand claps..." Read More
03/12/2012 - Read John Hall's of Tulsa Today complete show review after the jump. Here are some excerpts: "The biggest roar of the night came when Santelli introduced John Mellencamp. The rocker then performed “Do Re Mi,” and “Bound for Glory,” before stopping to talk to the crowd..."
“Some people call it stealing, I call it creation,” Mellencamp said. “You take a little from here and a little from there and put together a song that makes people happy,” he added. “I flat out stole this from Woody,” he said before jumping into his hit “Pink Houses...”
"Arlo Guthrie then returned to the stage, playing “In Times Like These,” and “I Hear You Sing Again,” before welcoming back Mellencamp for a rendition of “Oklahoma Hills” that nearly brought the house down..." Read More
03/12/2012 - Westlee Parsons of OUDaily.com reviews the Woody Guthrie Centennial show. Here are some excerpts: "John Mellencamp entered the stage, and the crowd went wild. He started off with “Oklahoma Hills,” which is my personal favorite..."
"Mellencamp told the crowd that creation is when something is taken from two or more sources and combined to make a song..."
“I stole this one from Woody,” he said, and he then played the introduction for his song “Pink Houses,” which is a nod to Guthrie’s “This Land is Your Land...” Read the complete review after the jump. Read More
03/11/2012 - Read Edna Gundersen's of USA Today's conversation with John about the upcoming Ghost Brothers of Darkland County musical after the jump. Here are some excerpts: "I am more thrilled about this than anything I've done in my whole life. I'm pretty pumped up!"
"Everyone is down there working seven days a week. I'm just excited that it's so good..." Read More
03/11/2012 - Read the complete blog about the song "Troubled Land" and how it relates to Woody Guthrie by East Portland's Eduard P. Gomez after the jump. Here are some excerpts: “Troubled Land” reminded me of a sort of “This Land Is Your Land updated for the 21st century..."
"John Mellencamp continues his ongoing evolution into something of a modern populist folk hero..." Read More
03/08/2012 - John speaks to USA Today's Edna Gunderson about his headlining this weekends first installment of This Land Is Your Land ~ The Woody Guthrie Centennial Celebration Concert. Additionally, he talks about his love for Guthrie, his upcoming Ghost Brothers of Darkland County project and potential future albums.
Here are a few quotes from John about the impact Woody's music had on him: "I not only appreciated what he stood for, but I was fascinated with his personal life as a nomad..."
"To a young person, discovering music is like your first love affair. It left quite an indelible mark..."
"I can only write about what I see.." Read the complete interview after the jump. Read More
03/02/2012 - Read Jennifer Chancellor's complete article about John's involvement in the The Woody Guthrie Centennial Celebration Concert. In the article John talks about the influence Woody has had on his music and artistry. Here are some excerpts: "There is perhaps one thing that has inspired Mellencamp the most, he said..."
"Just being able to stand up for himself and be counted as an individual. Plus, he also lived outside of the music business..."
"In a time before major record label deals, arena tours and million-dollar contracts, Guthrie was out in the cotton fields playing to migrant workers. He wrote and performed because he felt compelled to, Mellencamp said..."
""You, know, I've always been an outsider, too..." Read More
03/02/2012 - Stephen King and John Mellencamp's New Musical
The horror master and the rocker join forces to unveil a Southern gothic musical
at the Alliance
By Felicia Feaster-
From Faulkner to Dickey, stories about the South often suckle at the teat of
scary, with batty relations and pitch-black secrets leading the way. In other
words, a perfect stomping ground for author Stephen King. The horror writer is
one-third of an unholy trinity of Americana—along with musician John Mellencamp
and musical director T Bone Burnett—who have made their way to Atlanta to debut
their long-time-coming musical "Ghost Brothers of Darkland County."
Premiering April 4 and running through May 13 at the Alliance Theatre, the eerie
tale will be directed by Alliance artistic director Susan V. Booth and will star
a shiny-penny cast of locals like Kylie Brown and former Atlantans Shuler
Hensley and Justin Guarini. King’s script flits from past to present as it tells
the story of two generations of the McCandless family touched by a 1967 triple
homicide in a backwoods Mississippi cabin. Read More