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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
10/10/2013 - "Ghost Brothers of Darkland County" was 13 years in the making as King and Mellencamp worked on it between what the rocker calls their "real jobs." Read the complete article after the jump.

View photos from the Dress Rehearsal at the Indiana University Auditorium on October 9th HERE
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10/10/2013 - John Mellencamp has had opportunities to make musicals. He could have made one like Mamma Mia that focused on his hits through the years. It would have likely been a huge success on Broadway. But instead he settled on a darker path, working with King on an adaptation of a ghost story close to his hometown.

Listen to the audio interview with John and Stephen explaining the Ghost Brothers of Darkland County plot HERE

Preview of Ghost Brothers of Darkland County

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10/09/2013 - Read Elysa Gardner's phone interview with the creators of Ghost Brothers of Darkland County after the jump. Here is an excerpt: "They both live out in the weeds," Burnett observes (King in Maine, Mellencamp in Indiana). "Maybe it's just my imagination, but I get the sense that these guys hole up and don't see anybody for weeks on end, then get together and compare notes."

Watch the video interview with John and Stephen. HERE
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10/09/2013 - Read David Lindquist's preview of Ghost Brothers of Darkland Countytour opening tomorrow at IU Auditorium. Here is an excerpt: “This format is kind of perfect for a Steve King book and a John Mellencamp score,” Booth said. “It allows us to fully hit every note of the score with John’s band backing us. It also allows us to sit and listen to Steve’s words and plug our imagination in, rather than having the work done for us by a fully staged production.” Read More
10/08/2013 - The exhibition The Paintings of John Mellencamp, which opens at the Butler Institute of American Art on November 3, 2013 will feature some 40 oil paintings (some never before seen by the public), and is the artist’s first art museum exhibition. The Tennessee State Museum in Nashville, presented Mellencamp’s first major museum exhibition last year.

Read the complete press release and see a few sample paintings after the jump. Read More
10/07/2013 - Read David Lindquist's complete interview with John discussing the opening of the Ghost Brothers of Darkland County play after the jump. Here are some excerpts: "“In today’s world, things have to fit in a little box,” Mellencamp said. “And if it doesn’t fit in that box, people ask ‘What are they doing?’ You can’t pigeonhole (‘Ghost Brothers’). You just to have to see it. If you like it, great.”

"For me, it’s already a success,” Mellencamp said. “If there’s one friend I’ve made in the entertainment business, it’s Steve King. We have not had a cross word or any major disagreement in 20 years.” Read More
10/07/2013 - Every now and then, an event comes to town, a privilege beyond what we normally see. Such is the case this week, as the IU Auditorium hosts the first stop on the national tour of the new musical, “Ghost Brothers of Darkland County.” Part of this privilege, I suspect, stems from the fact that the music comes from our hometown boy, John Mellencamp, himself, who worked with T Bone Burnett, who produced the soundtrack. Read More
10/04/2013 - John Mellencamp is returning to Ryman Auditorium this month, but instead of taking the stage, he’ll take a seat.

Mellencamp recently called The Tennessean to talk about the making of a “Southern Gothic supernatural musical of fraternal love, lust, jealousy and revenge.” Read the complete interview after the jump. Read More
10/04/2013 - Read Billboard Magazine's complete review after the jump. Here are some excerpts from John's introduction of Pete Seeger: "Oh, but ain't that America, for you and me!" sang John Mellencamp on "Pink Houses" at Farm Aid 2013.."

"That song," he explained, "was inspired by people who had come before me, that were trying to make a difference with music..."

"I'm so humbled," he continued, "to bring out the guy who really made that song what it is… Ladies and gentlemen, Pete Seeger!" Read More
10/04/2013 - Read Wayne Blesoe's of the Knoxville News Ghost Brothers Interview. Here is a excerpt: “It think the biggest misconception about ‘Ghost Brothers’ is the biggest misconception about entertainment. People assume your goal is to go the Broadway. People assume your goal is to have a hit record. It doesn’t always have to be your go..." Read More
10/02/2013 - “Ghost Brothers of Darkland County,” John Mellencamp’s theater/music collaboration with Stephen King, is coming to Minneapolis on Halloween at the State Theatre. Meanwhile, the rocker is working on his paintings and re-watching one of his favorite movies, 1942’s “Tortilla Flat.”

Says Mellencamp: “Starring Spencer Tracy and John Garfield, written by John Steinbeck. I love Steinbeck. It’s a movie about possessions and how useless they are. As a matter of fact, my girlfriend [Meg Ryan] said: ‘Do we gotta watch it again?’ It’s kind of an unknown Steinbeck movie. It’s great.” Read More

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09/25/2013 - Surprise guest Pete Seeger performs "This Land is Your Land" with Farm Aid board artists John Mellencamp, Willie Nelson, Dave Matthews and Neil Young live at the Farm Aid concert in Saratoga Springs, NY on September 21, 2013. Check out the videos of John's complete set after the jump.

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09/22/2013 - Read Andy Greene's complete review of Farm Aid 2013. "Farm Aid has continued to thrive and grow. It's partially due to the passion of Nelson and his fellow board members..." Read More
09/21/2013 - Read David Burke's complete telephone interview with John after the jump. Here is an excerpt: "We're just starting out in a grassroots way, the same way I started out or (Bob) Dylan started out. We're just doing it in an old-fashioned way..," Read More
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