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10/29/2013 - Read Jon Bream's complete phone interview with John after the jump. Here are some excerpts: “ ‘Ghost Brothers’ is under construction,” he said. “Every time we see it, we have the opportunity to change it.."

"Calling himself a minimalist, Mellencamp described “Ghost Brothers” as more like a radio show than a conventional musical..." Read More
10/20/2013 - Read Keiara Carr's complete phone interview with T Bone Burnett after the jump. Here are some excepts: "The challenge is always to find the thread, to find the tone of a piece – to find the thing that makes it all part of a whole...”

"It’s an interesting sonic world because there are different layers, different levels of reality...” Read More
10/18/2013 - Read Stephen Trageser's complete review of the Ryman Auditorium, in Nashville, TN after the jump. Here are some excerpts: "At close to two and a half hours, the stage production of Ghost Brothers is a vast improvement, giving cast and crew room to stretch out and set us straight..."

"The clear presentation, which stops short of giving away too much, surges with electricity thanks to the stellar cast and live music..." Read More
10/18/2013 - The 2014 slate of nominees for induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame were announced on October 10, 2013. The organization, which is dedicated to recognizing the work and lives of those composers and lyricists who create popular music around the world, holds annual elections to determine those who will make up the roster of inductees for the following year.

Longtime Rolling Stone contributor Anthony DeCurtis commented on the singer "Mellencamp has created an important body of work that has earned him both critical regard and an enormous audience. His songs document the joys and struggles of ordinary people seeking to make their way, and he has consistently brought the fresh air of common experience to the typically glamour-addled world of popular music."

Eligible voting members will have until December 16th, 2013 to turn in ballots with their choices of three nominees from a non-performer and two from a performer category. For information to join or renew as a voting member before November 18th in order to participate in this election, please go to SONGHALL.ORG. Read More
10/18/2013 - Stephen King, John Mellencamp and T Bone Burnett may seem like an unlikely triad of creativity for a musical.

Mellencamp, the heartland roots rocker who gave the world rock hits such as Jack and Diane and Little Pink Houses and Burnett, the Oscar and multiple Grammy award-winning producer extraordinaire, know music. King, master of the macabre, knows words — many spooky, scary words. But a musical stage play? Read More
10/16/2013 - Read Marcela Creps' interview with John, Stephen and Andy York at the Indiana University Auditorium at the premiere of Ghost Brothers Of Darkland County

“Don’t get too close to old people.”

That was the advice John Mellencamp had for television cameramen setting up for interviews as the premiere of “Ghost Brothers of Darkland County” hangs on the horizon. Read More
10/16/2013 - "'I fight authority/Authority always wins,'" the judge wrote. "Throughout his hit-making career, John Mellencamp (a.k.a., Johnny Cougar, John Cougar, and John Cougar Mellencamp) has struck a chord with the American public, garnering acclaim for his revealing insights on everyday life.

It was brilliant.

The only question is why we haven't been using Mellencampian wisdom to solve Alabama's problems for decades. I've got questions. John Mellencamp has answers. Read More

10/16/2013 - John Mellencamp and Stephen King are two men who've had uncommon success in their careers; Mellencamp as a musician, King as a writer.

Eric Halvorson of WISH TV reports that together, they've displayed uncommon patience in a project that blends their talents. Read More
10/16/2013 - Light fog filled the auditorium last night, adding a vintage look to the classic red space. Indistinct accordion music and a man’s crooning voice completed the atmosphere with a southern flair. Read More
10/15/2013 - Read Mike Leonard's of Bloom Magazine complete review of Ghost Brothers of Darkland County play at IU Auditorium, in Bloomington, IN on opening night. Here are some excerpts: "The cast for Ghost Brothers was outstanding, with all of the characters singing exceptionally well and acting out their roles as passionately as possible within the construct of the production.."

"The Zydeco Cowboy’s frequent narration was wry and knowing, while his counterpart, The Shape, provided biting, cynical, and sometimes hilariously profane observations..." Read More
10/13/2013 - With the premiere tour looming for Ghost Brothers of Darkland County, his theatrical collaboration with Stephen King and T Bone Burnett, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer sat down at his lakeside home with Bloom‘s Mike Leonard to talk about his life-changing experience. Read the entire story HERE
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10/12/2013 - Booth talks about this intriguing production that she is helming with staff writer Dan Kane.According to director Susan Booth the production is “a kind of new-age traveling medicine show” and a “story-driven rock concert.” Read the complete Q & A after the jump. Read More
10/10/2013 - Watch WDRB's Candyce Clifft interview John and Stephen at the Ghost Brothers of Darkland County rehearsal opening tonight at the IU Auditorium in Bloomington, IN

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10/10/2013 - Tony Award nominee Emily Skinner and Bruce Greenwood star in the theatrical concert version of the Stephen King-John Mellencamp musical Ghost Brothers of Darkland County, which launches a tour Oct. 10 in Bloomington, IN.

The limited tour, which plays cities in the Midwest and Southeast, is staged by Alliance artistic director Susan V. Booth, who also helmed the 2012 Atlanta premiere of Ghost Brothers. Read More
10/10/2013 - A bold collection of artwork by rocker/activist John Mellencamp opens Nov. 3 at the Butler Institute of American Art's satellite museum in Howland Township, Ohio.

A longtime painter inspired by German expressionists Otto Dix and Max Beckmann, Mellencamp will present roughly 40 oil paintings, some never before seen by the public, at his first art museum exhibition. Read More
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