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05/02/2017 - The cover story features John, who discusses his collaboration with Carlene Carter on his newest album Sad Clowns & Hillbillies, the longevity of his multi-decade career, and how, even after all these years, he can’t ignore the siren sound of the muse. The May/June issue of American Songwriter is now available for digital download HERE. Read the entire article after the jump.

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05/01/2017 - Sad Clowns And Hillbillies is the twenty-third album from Rock And Roll Hall Of Famer John Mellencamp, a remarkable achievement for a man who says he didn’t even own a guitar when he got his first record deal.

The superb new album, featuring Carlene Carter on much of the record, is vintage Mellencamp, It is a thoughtful, articulate, at times profound collection steeped in the sounds of America, from country and blues to gospel. Read Steve Baltin's complete interview after the jump. Read More
04/30/2017 - As a Rock and Roll Hall of Famer with 23 albums and a Grammy to his name, John Mellencamp has plenty to be proud of.

But after more than 40 years of churning out hits, the veteran rocker says one accomplishment stands out most.

“Still being here,” Mellencamp told the Daily News. “That’s a pretty big accomplishment to be here still. Of all the guys I started out with that are my age, there's a handful of us and that’s it. Everybody else either died, or they quit or they got smart and decided not to do this.” Read the complete interview after the jump. Read More

04/29/2017 - At 65, John Mellencamp no longer chases drama.

“I have found that life is a big enough adventure,” he says calling from his 86-acre property in Bloomington, Ind. “Young kids go to the movies to be scared. If we were together, I’d say to you, ‘Have you seen this mole on my arm?’ That’s scary enough; I don’t need to see ‘Suicide Squad.’” Read the complete LA Times Interview after the jump. Read More
04/28/2017 - John released his 23rd full-length album, Sad Clowns & Hillbillies, featuring Carlene Carter, on Friday April 28th, 2017. On the album Mellencamp returns to the musical eclecticism that is, itself, a reflection of his wide-ranging musings on life. Sad Clowns & Hillbillies showcases a poet who has wisely used the years between youth and the present day to become an absolute of master of songwriting and interpretation. That passion and experience resonates most beautifully in this showcase of his music.

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04/28/2017 - John celebrates the release of his new album Sad Clowns & Hillbillies featuring Carlene Carter with a live in-studio visit with Mojo Nixon today at 5 PM ET on SiriusXM Outlaw Country, Channel 60 and streaming OnDemand on the SiriusXM App & Internet Radio. If you don't have a SiriusXM account, you can listen to the interview HERE when you sign up for a free trial. Read More
04/28/2017 - Catch John on Friday, April 28th, at 6 PM ET on SiriusXM's Volume (Channel 106). He will be on Debatable where the news of the day is discussed, disputed, dissected and even destroyed by hosts Mark Goodman and Alan Light every afternoon. Read More
04/28/2017 - Read Ben Salmon of Paste Magazine complete review after the jump. Here are some excerpts: "just when you think Mellencamp might be retreating deeper into bygone sounds, along comes “Grandview,” an electrified blues-rocker (and duet with Martina McBride) that swaggers and smolders..."

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04/28/2017 - John kicked off the release of his new album Sad Clowns & Hillbillies with a celebration at Q104.3, last night downstairs from their studio at the iHeartRadio Theater. John talked with Jim Kerr and performed a set including new songs and old classics. Read Andrew Magnotta's overview of last nights show that includes videos, photos and tweets after the jump!


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04/28/2017 - John Mellencamp isn't the first musician to say he hears voices in his head. Fortunately, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer claims his visitors don't bring fear or confusion. They bring songs.

One example is "Easy Target," a track released in advance of new album "Sad Clowns & Hillbillies." Mellencamp said the bleakly sarcastic song, which refers to minority groups and the impoverished as being "created equal, equally beneath me and you," presented itself when he was devoting time to his second artistic passion of painting portraits, landscapes and social commentary. Read David Linquist's complete review after the jump. Read More
04/28/2017 - Read Markos Papadatos of the Digital Journal complete iHeart Radio review after the jump. Here is an excerpt: "The Verdict - Overall, John Mellencamp was able to deliver at his iHeartRadio show in New York City, which was in support of his new album, Sad Clowns & Hillbillies. Jim Kerr did a wonderful job hosting, and the audience was aware of the fact that they were in the presence of a living rock legend. His show garnered five out of five..." Read More
04/27/2017 - John stopped by the Late Night With Seth Meyers show last night in support of his new release Sad Clowns & Hillbillies coming out this Friday, April 28th. John did a sit down interview with Seth and he performed an acoustic "Jack & Diane" and Martina McBride joined him on stage for their hit "Grandview." Watch all 4 videos after the jump.

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04/27/2017 - Page 18 of the May 4th issue of Rolling Stone Magazine includes a full page question and answer session between writer Brian Hiatt and John. They spoke of how John invented modern country music and why he’ll never stop smoking, among other intriguing questions. Look for the magazine on store shelves now! Read More
04/27/2017 - "Mellencamp is a true American storyteller and the rebel with a cause is set to make his triumphant return on Friday, April 28, 2017 with his 23rd overall studio album, Sad Clowns & Hillbillies, via Republic Records..." "When it comes to a John Mellencamp album, there is simply no critiquing the musicianship. As with the entirety of this man’s extensive oeuvre of work, Sad Clowns & Hillbillies is no different: every note is pitch perfect, every melody beautifully executed..." Read Jeannie Blue's 5 out of 5 star review after the jump. Read More
04/24/2017 - Preview John's incredible new record Sad Clowns & Hillbillies on NPR First Listen and read Jim Allen's complete review of the forth coming album being released this Friday, April 28th on Republic Records after jump. Here are some excerpts: "Sad Clowns is a record about our struggles within ourselves and with the world around us..." Mellencamp ends Sad Clowns & Hillbillies bemoaning "a country's broken heart." By the time it's done, you're in sore need of some of that salvation he and Carter were hailing a few tracks back; so what else can you do but start the damn thing over again? Read More
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