09/21/2015 - Number One: Best Blue Collar Spirit: John Mellencamp:
John Mellencamp has always seemed to relate to the average Joe American.
Maybe it's his small-town roots or down-home upbringing, but the Indiana rocker
is a blue-collar worker at heart. To that end, he has and continues to perfectly
embody the Farm Aid spirit. "Can't trust the police/With their guns or their
nights/My, my these are lawless times," he intoned with a cigarette-stained
growl on his set-opening "Lawless Times." Hits like "Small Town" and "Pink
Houses," both unleashed at Farm Aid, may have a more upbeat sentiment, but
Mellencamp is no naïve fool. As the man dressed in black professed on the Farm
Aid-appropriate "Rain on the Scarecrow:" "This land fed a nation this land made
me proud/And son I'm just sorry there's no legacy for you now." Read the complete "15 Best Things We Saw At Farm Aid 2015" after the jump. Read More
09/17/2015 - Willie Nelson and John Mellencamp stopped by Stephen Colbert’s Late Show last
night. Following a brief interview, the pair teamed up for a performance of the Willie’s classic 1965 song "Night Life." The pair used the slot as a final tune-up ahead of the 30th anniversary of Farm Aid, which takes place this Saturday (Sept. 19) in Chicago. After the jump we have links to watch the full episode online and read media coverage.
09/17/2015 - Here are some great ways to watch and participate in Farm Aid 30 this weekend!
The Webcast, “Farm Aid 30 Live Presented by Amy’s” will broadcast from 2:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. CDT at www.farmaid.org.
Willie Nelson’s SiriusXM channel (59), Willie’s Roadhouse, will air live from Farm Aid 30, beginning at 12 p.m. CDT. SiriusXM’s Dallas Wayne will host backstage interviews and behind-the-scenes coverage of the event.
After the jump learn more about the official app and Mellencamp.com's coverage. Read More
09/15/2015 - John, along with Willie Nelson, will be guests on CBS' The Late Show with Stephen Colbert Wednesday night. The show, which is in its second week, airs at 11:35 PM ET. John and Willie will be performing as well doing an interview to promote Farm Aid's 30th Annivesary concert, which takes place this Saturday, September 19th in Chicago at the FirstMerit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island. Read More
09/05/2015 - Before the No Depression movement gained recognition, before the soundtrack
to O Brother, Where Art Thou? temporarily resurrected folk music in pop culture,
and before Robert Plant won acclaim for his collaboration with Alison Krauss,
Mellencamp scored commercial hits on rock and pop radio with songs that not only
contained but prominently featured the violin, accordion, banjo, Dobro, and
other traditional instruments. Those who classify Mellencamp simply as Americana
are mistaken. Read the excerpt from "Mellencamp: American Troubadour" by David Masciotra after the jump. Read More
08/11/2015 - NEW ARTISTS ANNOUNCED: Farm Aid today announced that Jamey Johnson, as well as Ian Mellencamp, will join the lineup for its annual concert for a cause, which will take place in Chicago at FirstMerit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island on Sept. 19.
Farm Aid announced today that its annual benefit concert will head to Chicago, IL on Saturday, September 19th, taking place at the at FirstMerit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island in Chicago, IL. Farm Aid 30 will feature Farm Aid board members Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young and Dave Matthews (performing with Tim Reynolds), along with Imagine Dragons, Jack Johnson, Kacey Musgraves, Mavis Staples, Old Crow Medicine Show, Holly Williams, Lukas Nelson & the Promise of the Real, Insects vs Robots, and Blackwood Quartet!
Public tickets on sale NOW via Live Nation.
to visit Farm Aid's ticket page to learn more about their pre-sale and VIP
Read the complete press release after the jump. Read More
08/08/2015 - Proceeds from the final stop on John Mellencamp's U.S. tour in Indianapolis
Tuesday went to the Riley Hospital for Children. It was a way for the singer to
pay back the hospital that saved his life nearly 64 years ago, CBS News' Anthony
"Troubled Man" is the lead single of Mellencamp's latest album. His troubles
started right at birth.
But for most of his 63 years, the singer knew little about the surgery he had
as a newborn. Watch the video below and read the complete article after the jump.
07/31/2015 - In honor of Mellencamp’s August 4th date at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, the final show of a tour that has made a number of Indiana stops already, Jeff Vrabel, a freelance music writer for such outlets as GQ, Men's Health, Billboard and more compiled a scattered, highly unscientific, and 100 percent debatable list of Mellencamp’s best Hoosier concerts over the past four decades for the current issue of
Indianapolis Monthly. As you might suspect, the list is culled from minutes and memories, so if yours are different, you can comment on the article online. Here are his choices, presented in chronological order "because we can’t really rank them. Well, except for maybe that one.." Read the 10 Greatest Indiana Shows after the jump. Read More
07/30/2015 - The concert began with a simple introduction. The lights went down and a male voice came over a P.A., saying, "Ladies and gentlemen, from Seymour, Indiana, Mr. John Mellencamp." The curtain lifted, revealing five men in black suits and a gowned fiddle player, and the band launched into the opening notes of "Lawless Times." Soon after, Mellencamp entered the stage, causing the packed crowd of thousands to stand up and cheer. Read David Accomazzo of the Phoenix News Times complete show review after the jump. Read More
07/29/2015 - John Mellencamp made good on his promise to do a show that fans who appreciate musicianship and songwriting would enjoy. Read Kelli Skye Fadroski's complete show review from the Microsoft Theater after the jump. Here are some excerpts: "Though his vocal is certainly standout and easily identified, he has always sounded a bit like the late Joe Cocker, mixed with some Bob Dylan and a dash of Leonard Cohen..."
"When he belts out, “I am a troubled man,” it’s believable. The same goes for “The Isolation of Mister” when the music lowers and he honestly delivers, “Thought I was livin’ a life of freedom, but I was living in a cage...” Read More
07/27/2015 - We will be offering a limited number of tickets, including covered reserved seats, non-roof covered reserved seats and general admission lawn tickets in a Mellencamp.com free member pre-sale on Thursday, July 30th beginning at 10 AM CDT through Sunday, August 2nd, ending at 10 PM, or whenever our allotment runs out - supplies are limited. The pre-sale tickets will be offered through
Live Nation using a password posted on the Mellencamp.com TOUR page for logged in members. Read THIS tutorial to learn how our pre-sale works. Please watch our TOUR page for more details.
Farm Aid is selling a limited number of VIP tickets in the first ten rows, starting at $400. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Read More
07/25/2015 - "I think that John Mellencamp might be the coolest guy on the planet. He’s the
personification of the most interesting man in the world. He’s got the stories,
the songs, the women, the style, and an entourage of brilliant musicians and
producers to back it all up. He’s the very definition of Americana and often
cited as the only roots rocker who matters to his generation and pretty much my
lifetime..." Read Jason Miller's complete show review after the jump. Read More
07/24/2015 - Kelli Skye Fadroski of The Orange County Register spoke with John in a recent phone interview about his successful music career, the set list for the Plain Spoken North American tour, and Ghost Brothers of Darkland County among other topics. Read this honest interview with John after the jump. Here is an excerpt: "The 63-year-old has done it all in these past four decades, he said, by
sticking true to his motto: “Try to be honest and never kiss ass.” Read More
07/22/2015 - Read Jeff Bakers full show review after the jump, here is an excerpt: This is how a classic rock legend gets it done in concert:
Start with a money's-worth opening act, Carlene Carter... Hire a crack six-piece band, men and women, black and white, and rehearse them until they're tight as a bass string. Dress them like the professionals they are, in suits and dresses, and make sure they move in the country-bluegrass tradition: upstage for a solo, fall back for support, everybody forward at the big moments. Have them come out first and play you on, the way Merle Haggard and George Jones did it. Start with a couple of your strongest new tunes that show you're still relevant, mix in a few hits early on, end with a roaring river of your best stuff, peak after peak until the crowd can't take it anymore. Leave them satisfied but wanting more. Encores are for amateurs. You've played 20 songs in two hours and given more than enough. Pay close attention to everything: pacing, lighting, sound, presentation. It's about pride. You are a star. This is what you do. Own it. Read More