10/19/2015 - Read Matthew Kassel of the New York Observer complete interview with John where his first art show in the city opens this week at the ACA Galleries after the jump. Here are some excerpts: " “I know me,” he clarified. “I’m old enough to know that I don’t need instruction or any of that kind of stuff. I know what I want to do and I do it...” "“They’re the same as my songs,” Mr. Mellencamp said of his art, which gives off a dark aura, at least at first glance. “American folk songs were about tragedy, right? They were about suffering and tragedy, and a lot of my songs are about that, even though they were misunderstood...” Read More
10/16/2015 - ...That Mellencamp puts brush to canvas may come as a surprise for many, but given the artist’s
proclivity to imbue his music with intimate stories and potent imagery (think
“Pink Houses,” one of the most famous examples), perhaps it shouldn’t. Often
figurative, and evoking hints of Neo- and German Expressionism, Mellencamp’s
paintings tread new ground, while remaining thematically in line with the
small–town, earnest portraits he crafts in verse. Read Issac Kaplan's of Artsy Magazine exclusive interview with John about his forthcoming exhibition at the ACA Galleries in New York, titled “The Isolation of Mister,” opening to the public on October 22, 2015, his beginnings in art and music, and the milestones that led him to stardom after the jump. Read More
10/05/2015 - It was announced today that John Mellencamp is among the A-list contenders nominated for the 2016 Songwriters Hall of Fame. Winners will be inducted next June in New York City. Eligible members have until Dec. 11 to submit their votes for three non-performing nominees, two performing nominees and one deceased nominee. Not a member? To be able to vote in the election please join
HERE. Read the complete list of nominee's after the jump. Read More
10/01/2015 - We are pleased to announce the first one man show at the prestigious ACA Galleries in New York City, John Mellencamp: The Isolation of Mister exhibition runs from October 22nd through to December 19, 2015. The list of giants of American art whose careers were established or advanced by ACA Galleries would cover several pages. They are artists who have had something to say; a social conscience to express; a radical concept of art to advocate. Mellencamp found his visual voice in Expressionism. The German Expressionism of the early twentieth century, with its anguish over human brutality and corruption, spoke to Mellencamp’s deep feelings about social justice. Mellencamp’s imagery thus takes its inspiration from the same sources as his music: the struggles of the working man and woman, oppressive authority and social struggle. Read more about the 80 years of Advocacy for American Art on the ACA Gallery Website and read the complete press release after the jump. Please note: There is no entry fee for the exhibition
09/25/2015 - Read Tom Duffy's complete 10 takeaways from Farm Aid 30, which drew an estimated 26,000 fans to the FirstMerit Bank Pavilion at Chicago’s Northerly Island article after the jump. Number 8. Mellencamp offered the most hit-laden set of the day with direct relevance to Farm Aid’s cause. Top 10 Hot 100 tracks like “Small Town” and “Rain on the Scarecrow” sounded as great as in 1985, the year Farm Aid began. As with all the artists, but particularly striking for Mellencamp, stark, beautiful and massive photos of America’s farms were projected behind his band -- the work of photographers Patty O'Brien, Audra Mulkern, Sandi Whitmore, Rod Gerst and David Sowa and the lighting/projection team led by Jason Robinson. Read More
09/21/2015 - Farm Aid celebrated its 30th Anniversary with its annual concert this past Saturday (Sept. 19) in Chicago at the FirstMerit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island. John's rocking performance was a highlight of a day packed with great music. The full lineup included: 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, Jamey Johnson, Old Crow Medicine Show, Holly Williams, Lukas Nelson & the Promise of the Real, Insects vs Robots, Ian Mellencamp and Blackwood Quartet! See more coverage and learn more at FarmAid.org. Watch John's complete performance in this YouTube video, after the jump we have a larger size video.
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