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09/22/2010 - Today is the 25th Anniversary of the first Farm Aid. In celebration of the date Farm Aid president Carolyn Mugar wrote the following op-ed piece for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

On Sept. 22, 1985, Willie Nelson, Neil Young and John Mellencamp came together to host the first Farm Aid concert in front of 78,000 farmers, fans and activists. They thought the event in Champaign, Ill., would be the first and only Farm Aid concert - that the overwhelming public outcry would spur public officials to act immediately to right the obvious inequities that were forcing thousands of farm families off their land and out of their homes.

None of us could have anticipated the movement that concert sparked in 1985, and 25 years later, I can proudly say that Farm Aid has not quit. We've not only kept family farmers on their land, we have created new farmers; helped farmers transition to... Read More
09/22/2010 - Rosanne was first up, presenting the Lifetime Achievement Award for Songwriting to Mellencamp. “Americana is the box they put you in when you take your art too seriously to fit in any other box,” she said. She described the honoree as “a quintessentially American artist” and as “the pride of Indiana.”

“A songwriter tries to write something that can become part of the fabric of the listener,” Mellencamp said. “This award shows that some people are still listening, and I appreciate that very much.” Performing solo with acoustic guitar, he sang “Save Some Time to Dream” from his new Rounder CD No Better Than This. Copies of the CD were handed out to all attendees upon entering.
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09/22/2010 - Read Janet Goodman's blog review of No Better Than This. Here are some excerpts: "John Mellencamp has released his 26th album, which is arguably one of his most creative efforts to date. No Better Than This, on Rounder Records, peels back his brash, rock and roller veneer to reveal a mature Americana artist with a gritty folk singer core and Dylan/Guthrie honesty,.."

"the graceful evolution of an artist who stays true to himself, never selling out, setting a new artistic standard that makes this feel like an important album..." Read More
09/22/2010 - On September 22, 1985, Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp and Neil Young organized the first Farm Aid concert to help family farmers stay on their land. Twenty-five years later, with the added support of Dave Matthews, who joined the Farm Aid board of directors in 2001, Farm Aid leaders say the organization is going strong.

Farm Aid put out a press release about the anniversary which you can read after the jump. Additionally they have several excellent items of note recapping the anniversary at www.farmaid.org/25

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09/21/2010 - Long time John Mellencamp tour manager Harry Sandler is submitting some visual "iPhone Postcards From The Road" documenting John's summer Bob Dylan tour. Our fifth image is from actually from 2009's tour with Bob Dylan. The picture finds John performing onstage in Washington, PA:


Click HERE for other Postcards.

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09/17/2010 - Farm Aid has announced their October 2nd concert will air live in HD on DirecTV's 101 Network! Farm Aid board members Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp and Dave Matthews will headline the event, to be hosted by award-winning broadcaster Tavis Smiley, at Miller Park in Milwaukee, WI. Recently announced acts including Kenny Chesney, Norah Jones, Jason Mraz, Jeff Tweedy, Band of Horses, The BoDeans, Amos Lee, Robert Francis, Lukas Nelson and The Promise of the Real, The Blackwood Quartet and Randy Rogers Band will join the lineup. After the jump we have the complete Farm Aid press release: Read More
09/15/2010 - Read Tim Murrah's No Better Than This review. Here are some excerpts: "This is not a party record. This is a simple record and a truthful record..."

"It’s simplicity is what rings so true. No gimmicks, no digitizing, no drum machines or effects. This is just a man and his music. This has blood and soul. This is what music was, before it was ruined and simply served up as background to marketing..."

"you will not hear another record that sounds like this one this year..."

"Get some wisdom and pointers. Give it a listen..." Read More
09/14/2010 -

9-9-2010, Ryman Auditorium, Nashville TN - Photo by Shelley Mays / The Tennessean

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09/11/2010 - A fan has posted the audio of John's speech and performance at the Americana Music Awards from Thursday, September 9th, 2010. John was given their Lifetime Achievement Award for Songwriting at their event at Nashville TN's Ryman Auditorium. His friend Rosanne Cash presented him the award and John finished with a solo acoustic performance of "Save Some Time To Dream." After the jump we have a larger version of the YouTube slideshow.

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09/10/2010 - Read Andrew Watt's of Australia's heyheymymy.com full review. Here are some excerpts: "the songs are absolutely authentic and amongst the most legitimate body of work in Mellencamp’s career..."

"These are songs that could have been written any time in the last hundred years and have had equal application to the writers set of circumstances..." Read More
09/10/2010 - Read John Corcelli's full No Better Than This review. Here are some excerpts: "The result is as sublime as anything Burnett has produced and Mellencamp has written..."

"No Better Than This is a welcome addition to the over-produced schlock that's become more popular on the music scene in recent years..."

"these tracks are as intimate and rockin' as anything Mellencamp has ever written..."

"what it lacks in fidelity, it makes up for in clarity of thought and transparency. You can't hide behind over-dubs and digital manipulation like most of today's so-called Pop Stars. Besides being an honest. well-produced record, No Better Than This is a work of deep inspiration..." Read More
09/09/2010 - Read Jeff Wareham of the LA Daily News full No Better Than This review. Here are some excerpts: "he tries to sound as raw and simple as he possibly can - and it works..."

"a fantastic exploration of history..."

"In an era of frequent overproduction on an album, Mellencamp and Burnett under-did it and made it sound cool again..." Read More
09/08/2010 - Pete Cooper has become one of America’s most prominent music journalists, writing for The Tennessean, Esquire, Britannica and No Depression, among others; he's also a songwriter and recording artist in his own right. He's interviewed John several times in the past and did this interview on the eve of John being presented with the Americana Music Association's Lifetime Achievement Award: Read Pete Cooper's full interview: Read More
09/08/2010 - On Thursday, September 9th, John will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Americana Music Association awards at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN. John will be there to receive the award and will also perform acoustically at the beginning of the show.

Several outlets have noted that they will be covering the event and we wanted to provide links for fans to tune into the awards and award coverage... Read More
09/08/2010 - Read Bobby Reed's full No Better Than This review. Here are some excerpts: "As the Indiana tunesmith’s music has moved in a folkier direction, Mellencamp has started to sound even more like his influences..."

"the album’s highlights make it a strong addition to Mellencamp’s oeuvre..." Read More
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