10/17/2014 - The October/December Issue of the On View Magazine covering "The Paintings Of John Mellencamp" at the Deland is available now online. Read and view some never before seen paintings photographed at the exhibit in the magazine HERE . Excerpts from the CEO of the Museum of Art - Deland - George Bolge - "Mellencamp's subject matter is of human existence, painted as simply, starkly, and fully as he himself experienced it,"
"Art is not merely something he uses to clarify his position or to give point to his vision of life, it's the very substance of who he is and what he wants to say" Read More
10/15/2014 - On the release of Plain Spoken Tuesday, September 23rd NBC's Access Hollywood stopped by the iHeart Studio's before John's iHeart ICONS Special for a quick interview about the new release. Catch the interview at 7:00PM ET on Saturday, October 18th and re-airs Sunday 4:30AM. Check your local listings for channel and airtime's. Read More
10/10/2014 - Jim Abbott of the Orlando Sentinel spoke with John on Thursday, Oct 9th during a press conference at The Museum of Art Deland about his art and current exhibit "The Paintings of John Mellencamp" opening on Friday, Oct. 10th. The exhibition will contain roughly 50 oil and mixed media paintings, showcasing recent works of art never before exhibited at other museums. Read the complete interview after the jump. Read More
10/10/2014 - John talks about his life and art at a press conference at the Museum of Art - DeLand on Thursday, October 9th. "The Paintings of John Mellencamp" opens today, October 10th through December 28th. . The exhibition will contain roughly 50 oil and mixed media paintings, showcasing recent works of art never before exhibited at other museums. Read the complete interview and view photos of John during the press conference and some of his paintings on
Daytona Beach News Journal site. Read More
10/10/2014 - Social media in DeLand buzzed Oct. 8-9 with photos of locals taken with John Mellencamp. The painter and singer-songwriter of hits like "Jack & Diane" and "Our Country" was in town to help open an exhibit of his visual art at the Museum of Art Downtown DeLand gallery at 5 p.m. today, Friday, Oct. 10.
His visual art, like his music, focuses on people of small-town and rural America. They're no Norman Rockwell renderings. The paintings depict serious, usually frowning, people who work the farms, the mills and the small businesses: people whose lives have been hard, who don't see much hope for the future, but who keep on going, anyway.
Some paintings depict racism or social injustice.
The painting "Troubled Man" has written into it, "Too late came too early … for me."
"BRMC," featuring a frowning man, states, "Some people believe in their dreams and some will follow their dreams – me … I just don't pay any attention to them." Read Pat Andrews' complete article and interview after the jump. Read More
10/09/2014 - "Since 1932, ACA Galleries has championed art with a social message, and John Mellencamp continues this tradition. His powerful paintings speak to the plight of humanity: a voice that is especially relevant in our time.” – Jeffrey Bergen, chairman ACA Galleries, New York.
“The Paintings of John Mellencamp,” which currently is touring the country exhibiting more than 40 works of art opens Friday, Oct. 10, at the museum’s DeLand Downtown location and will continue through Dec. 28.
10/07/2014 - Read Jay Robert's compelling 5 out of 5 star review after the jump. Here are some excerpts:"There’s not a lot of extraneous noise in the songs. The “formula” seems to be
steeped in the “Keep It Simple” standard. This allows for the music and lyrics
to be the focus, instead of being the afterthought of the bells and whistles..."
"I’ve held the Mellencamp albums The Lonesome Jubilee and Human Wheels as the prime examples of the artist at his best. But Plain Spoken should be added to that list. It is an example of what music can do when in the hands of someone at the height of their craft. It is startling brilliant collection of songs that can connect with listeners on a deeply emotional level..."
"Plainly stated, Plain Spoken is magnificent..."
"Mellencamp has written and recorded a sublimely brilliant album..." Read More
10/03/2014 - Just as John was getting ready to promote his new release Plain Spoken he had a life changing experience. In the early 1950s, most babies born with spina bifida did not live long.
But singer John Mellencamp survived after a pioneering operation. Last month, after more than 60 years, he finally met the doctor who saved him, reports CBS News correspondent Anthony Mason. Last month, at the Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis,
Watch the video interview below and read the full article with John's performance of "Troubled Man" after the jump.
10/01/2014 - John taped a sit down interview with Anthony
Mason of the CBS Morning Show last
week, discussing his recent releasePlain
This Morning airs from 7 to 9 AM ET. Watch
Mellencamp.com for details on more appearances
in the coming weeks. Read More
09/26/2014 - John performed "Troubled Man" with Andy York and Miriam Sturm in accompaniment on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, Thursday, September 25th. One of his many media appearances in support of the new release Plain Spoken. John sat in with The Roots band and played classic Mellencamp songs in and out of commercial breaks. Watch the entire episode
09/26/2014 - John appeared on The Today Show in support of his new release Plain Spoken. He spoke with Matt Lauer, about the release, his career, and on being "age appropriate". Watch the classic "Small Town" below and check out his "Troubled Land" performance and interview after the jump.
09/26/2014 - John discussed his new album "Plain Spoken" on the "Steve Earle Show: Hardcore Troubadour Radio" on Saturday 9/27 at 9 pm
ET repeating throughout the week. Listen to the complete interview