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05/21/2009 -


Volume 13, No.3
By Larry Jaffee
John Mellencamp is one of these artists who have always confounded me. On the one hand, I admired the independence he exhibited early in his career, eschewing the major label’s molded image more than 30 years ago of a teen idol for the MTV video age; I like him for staying true to his small town Indiana roots.

On the other hand, even though he could display an artistic stride, such as on “Pink Houses,” his earnestness became irritating, especially when his hit songs like “Small Town” and “Our Country” started showing up in television commercials or be the chosen campaign song for presidential candidates of both parties.

And I’m a dyed-in-the-wool liberal in agreement with his political leanings, not the least being with his co-founding of Farm Aid. It’s easy to overlook that this guy has rel Read More
05/19/2009 - As has been previously reported, John's forthcoming box set "On The Rural Route 7609" will include versions of some of his classic songs other then the well known ones in general release. At least two of them are particularly innovative takes on the material and are freshly recorded by two iconic individuals who are not generally associated with music recordings.

Dr. Cornel West recites the lyrics to "Jim Crow" which originated as a duet with Joan Baez on 2007's "Freedom Road." The renowned author/lecturer proves an inspired pairing with John's lyric that addresses the tenacity of racism in American culture.

West's 1993 bestseller "Race Matters" established him as one of America's most eloquent voices on the racial divide. In the latest issue of Rolling Stone, he is called "the pre-eminent intellectual of our generation," and in its recent "RS 100: Agents of Change" listing, the magazine called him " Read More
05/19/2009 - Specially priced 8-song live collection also available as ‘Deluxe Tour Pack’ bundled with 2008’s original studio album

Life Death LIVE and Freedom, an 8-song live companion collection featuring many of the key songs from John Mellencamp’s 2008 much-lauded Life Death Love and Freedom, is set for release June 23. The specially-priced offering from Hear Music will be available at all retail and digital outlets. In recognition of Mellencamp’s upcoming tour with Bob Dylan and Willie Nelson, a special “Deluxe Tour Pack” edition that includes both original studio album Life Death Love and Freedom bundled with the new Life Death LIVE and Freedom will also be available on June 23rd, wherever music is sold.

While the Life Death Love and Freedom studio album was in various stages of production under the direction of T Bone Burnett, Mellencamp endeavored to “road test” the album’s songs long before its release. Over the co Read More
05/18/2009 - Following his controversial commencement address yesterday at The University of Notre Dame, President Obama stopped in Indianapolis for some political fundraising at the Westin Hotel Downtown, where John spoke and performed three songs before some 650 people.

"They were all politically based," John told Mellencamp.com Monday, "and I talked about liberalism and what the word 'liberal' means and how it became a cussword in the last eight years. The songs were essentially about liberty and freedom, and I talked about abortion-because there were a lot of abortion protesters outside. I said that if anyone asked for my advice about getting an abortion-and I don't know why anybody would!--I'd advise them not to have one, but that it's their decision and not the government's."

John also spoke about the effects of Reaganomics as a tie-in with his performance of "Pink Houses."

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05/18/2009 - America's dairy farmers are rapidly disappearing, and Farm Aid needs your help to make sure they don't lose everything they've ever worked for. Sign Farm Aid's letter to Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and urge him to take bold action to help save our dairy farmers. Please read the following letter from Farm Aid's President Willie Nelson:

With every passing day, the dairy crisis in the U.S. becomes more and more desperate. Dairy farmers across the country are losing their farms and their livelihoods.

If things don’t change -- and fast -- we may immediately lose up to 20,000 of our nation's dairy farmers. We cannot stand by and watch as family after family in every corner of the country loses their livelihood -– we have to work together to solve this crisis.

Take action now by contacting the one person who can bring immediate relief for dairy farmers: Send a message to Secretary of Agriculture Read More
05/18/2009 - The Mellencamp Official Store is offering free shipping for purchases over $12.95! This is a perfect time to pick up some new JM shirts to wear to concerts this summer. Use this coupon code at checkout for free shipping - FREESHIP001. Be sure to look for more Mellencamp merchandise deals during the checkout process!

We are offering several great bundles pairing items up for big savings. Click READ MORE to view the bundles.
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05/15/2009 - 07.30.09 Alpharetta GA (Atlanta area) - Verizon Wireless Amp. @ Encore Park

Alpharetta's presale will begin on Monday May 25th. Check the TOUR page of Mellencamp.com for more details.

This weekend, the following shows go on sale to the general public: July 29 (Sevierville, TN), July 31 (Orange Beach), Aug. 4 (Round Rock, TX), Aug. 5 (Corpus Christi, TX), and Aug 11 (Glendale, AZ). 

The forth round of ticket presales will start Monday, May 25th. Presale tickets will allow fans to enter ballpark shows at 4:30 PM, instead of 5 PM when the gates open to regular ticket holders.

Visit our tour Mini Site and TOUR page for more details. Read More
05/14/2009 - CMT Radio host Cody Alan's interview with John and Karen will air this coming Wednesday, May 20th on the nationally syndicated CMT Radio Live. CMT Radio Live is a nightly country radio show airing on over 50 stations nationwide. The interview covered topics including: John and Karen's new video, their experiences working together on John's past two albums, John's thoughts on touring with Bob Dylan and Willie Nelson, and his plans for the upcoming box set. Click HERE to see the list of stations that carry CMT Radio Live.
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05/13/2009 - John and Karen Fairchild's entire interview with CMT's Lance Smith for their Top Twenty Countdown is now available for viewing on their website. Click HERE and HERE to watch the two parts of the ten minute interview. Read More
05/13/2009 - In addition to the interview focusing on the new "A Ride Back Home Video" that John and Little Big Town's Karen Fairchild did for CMT's Top 20 Countdown show in Nashville last week, both sat down for a lengthy Q&A for CMT Radio. The session covered a lot of ground besides the video, including John's current and future plans. Portions of this interview will air on Wednesday, May 20th on CMT Radio Live with Cody Alan.

The upcoming summer concert tour with Bob Dylan and Willie Nelson (Bob Dylan's 2009 Ballpark Tour), of course, was a major conversation starter.

"When I got the phone call from Bob [and he asked] 'Do you want to go out and do these shows with us?,' I went, 'I don't know. Willie's 78. Bob's 68. I'll be the youngest guy-yeah, I'm going!' Anywhere I can go and be the youngest guy, I'm gonna go!"

The 57 year-old also recounted the phone conversation with Dylan years ago regarding John's direction of Dylan's "Political World& Read More
05/12/2009 - Here are a few updates on John's current activities-with the usual caveat that everything is subject to change.

The tentative title of John's long-awaited box set is "On the Rural Route 7609." Clever readers will decipher the title as a reference to the fact that John's first album, "Chestnut Street Incident," was released in 1976, hence the number 7609 is a reference to the fact that the box spans John's recording career from 1976 to the present 2009.

The box will contain four CDs, with at least 72 tracks. John and veteran record company a&r executive and producer Steve Berkowitz are still working on the artwork and the audio contents, but the set will highlight alternate takes of classic songs. "Some of them show me actually in the process of writing them," says John, "so there's a lot of stopping and starting up again-a lot of head-scratching. It's turned into quite a project."

Prior to the box set, though, will come "L Read More
05/08/2009 - Three more dates have just been added to The Bob Dylan Show Featuring Bob Dylan and his Band, John Mellencamp, and Willie Nelson:

07.31.09 Orange Beach AL - The Amphitheater at the Wharf
08.02.09 Houston TX - Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
08.09.09 Albuquerque NM - Journal Pavilion

Orange Beach's presale will begin on Monday, May 11th. Houston and Albuquerque's presales will begin on Monday May 25th. All three shows feature reserved tickets and general admission seating. Check the TOUR page of Mellencamp.com for more details.
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05/07/2009 - The video for "A Ride Back Home," the latest single from "Life, Death, Love & Freedom," will premiere as a Top 20 extra this Fri./Sat./Sun. on CMT's Top 20 Countdown show. The program will also feature an interview by Top 20 Countdown Host Lance Smith with JM and Little Big Town's Karen Fairchild (who guests in the video).

The show will run at 11 AM ET/PT on Friday and Saturday, and 11:30 AM ET/PT on Sunday.

While in Nashville, John and Karen also taped an interview with CMT's Cody Alan for the syndicated radio show CMT Radio Live, w Read More
05/06/2009 - Club Cherry Bomb - The Official John Mellencamp Fan Club is celebrating the start of its FIFTH year with an impressive new contest for PAID members. Three random winners of this contest will receive a SUPER prize pack full of signed and rare Mellencamp items (pictured below)! If you are a PAID member, click HERE to enter the contest. For more details on what is included, click HERE. Contest ends May 20th.

If you are not a PAID member, yet, click HERE to join the club and enter the contest! If you are a member, make sure to log in and check your membership status, your membership might have expired!

To confirm your Club status, log in today and click Read More
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