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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."

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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!

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05/06/2009 - The third round of ticket presales start Monday for The Bob Dylan Show 2009 Tour—also featuring John and Willie Nelson.

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.

On Monday, May 11th, presales commence for the following shows: July 29 (Sevierville, TN), Aug. 4 (Round Rock, TX), Aug. 5 (Corpus Christi, TX), and Aug 11 (Glendale, AZ). Links and passwords to buy tickets online will be available on the tour page of Mellencamp.com on Monday morning.

This weekend, the following shows go on sale to the general public: July 8 (Louisville, KY), July 15 (New Britain, CT), July 17 (Essex Junction, VT), July 18 (Bethel Woods, NY), July 19 (Syracuse, NY), July 21 (Pawtucket, RI), July 24 (Aberdeen, MD), July 25 (Norfolk, VA), and July 28 (Durham, NC).

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05/06/2009 - Depending on how they edit and present the interview footage, CMT has plenty of excellent material to work with following John's extensive sit-down at the Nashville country music cable TV network earlier this week.



He and Little Big Town's Karen Fairchild visited the CMT studios to accompany the station's programming this weekend of the video for "A Ride Back Home," the latest single from "Life, Death, Love & Freedom." They were interviewed by Top 20 Countdown Host Lance Smith (additionally, CMT Radio Network did a separate radio interview with John for use in other CMT programming slots).

John and Karen first spoke about the song itself.

"When I wrote ['A Ride Back Home'] it kind of frightened me," John said. "But I was listening to a lot of great American folk and country songs and so much American music Read More
05/04/2009 - John's "My Sweet Love" video clip has been nominated in the Wide Open Country Video of the Year category in the first round of nominees for the 2009 CMT Music Awards.

The clip, which also features Little Big Town's Karen Fairchild, is up against "Backyard" (Kevin Costner & Modern West), "Nine Lives" (Def Leppard and Tim McGraw), "Photograph" (Def Leppard and Taylor Swift), "All Summer Long" (Kid Rock), "Please Read the Letter" (Robert Plant and Alison Krauss), "Old Enough" (The Raconteurs featuring Ricky Skaggs and Ashley Monroe) and "Bartender Song" (Rehab featuring Hank Williams, Jr.).

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05/04/2009 - John has been a big part of many big events, most recently the superstar-studded "We Are One" concert at the Lincoln Memorial that kicked off President Obama's inauguration festivities in January. Even then, no event was bigger musically and politically than yesterday's "The Clearwater Concert: Creating the Next Generation of Environmental Leaders" show at Madison Square Garden, which celebrated Pete Seeger's 90th birthday while raising money for his Hudson River Sloop Clearwater non-profit organization (created to defend and restore the Hudson River).

The concert featured scores of music luminaries spanning Seeger's immensely influential career as a folksinger and political activist. Going back the furthest were like-minded folkies Joan Baez, Ramblin' Jack Elliott , Richie Havens, Tom Paxton and Taj Mahal, legendary singer-songwriter Kris Kristofferson, and Bernice Johnson Reagon, the famed singer/organizer of the 1960s Civil Rights era and founder Read More
05/04/2009 - Sunday's star-studded "The Clearwater Concert: Creating the Next Generation of Environmental Leaders" show at Madison Square Garden, which celebrated Pete Seeger's 90th birthday, has rightly received tremendous press coverage.

John was prominently featured in many of the print articles and web postings, with the Los Angeles Times quoting his remarks leading into his acoustic version of Seeger's "If I Had a Hammer" and the Chicago Tribune's site illustrating it's Associated Press coverage of the even with a big picture of John and Pete from the press room.

Click the following links (which open in a new window) to read the full stories:

Entertainment Weekly

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04/28/2009 -
BENEFIT CONCERT IN CELEBRATION OF PETE SEEGER’S 90th BIRTHDAY MAY 3rd AT MADISON SQUARE GARDEN

Featuring John Mellencamp, Dave Matthews, Eddie Vedder, Bruce Springsteen Among Over 40 Artists Performing



OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE: NEW YORK, March 18, 2009 —The Clearwater Concert: Creating the Next Generation of Environmental Leaders, a star-studded, one night only concert event celebrating Pete Seeger’s 90th Birthday, will be held on Sunday, May 3, at 7PM, at Madison Square Garden.  This once-in-a-lifetime concert event will benefit and raise awareness for Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, founded by Pete Seeger, which strives to preserve and protect the Hudson River. Seeger, a legendary folk singer, political activist and avid environmentalist, has long inspired social change through his extraordinary life an Read More
04/24/2009 - It's official: John is heading out on the road this summer with Bob Dylan and fellow Farm Aid founder Willie Nelson.

Today, Dylan announced John and Willie as the all-star roster for the tour, which is being called The Bob Dylan Show Ballpark Tour since the dates announced so far are scheduled at minor league baseball stadium venues. Additional dates featuring the threesome at more standard concert venues will be announced later, and will be called simply The Bob Dylan Show.

The 22-date ballpark tour is set to begin July 2 at GCS Ballpark in Sauget, Il. and conclude Aug. 15 at Banner Island Ballpark in Stockton, Ca. It marks just the second time in the past 24 years that these three performers have shared the concert stage.

In addition to the Bob Dylan Show Ballpark Tour stops announced today, it is anticipated that several more July and August Bob Dylan Show dates, also featuring John Mellencamp and Willie Nelson, will be added to the tour in the very ne Read More
04/21/2009 - John's appearance on Sundance Channel's Spectacle: Elvis Costello With... that premiered earlier in the year repeats this week:

Wednesday, April 22 @ 9 PM ET
Thursday, April 23 @ 8 PM ET
Friday, April 24 @ 12:30 AM ET
Sunday, April 26 @ 12:40 PM ET

In Washington, D.C. during the Obama inaugural festivities, John was asked about his appearance on Elvis Costello's Sundance Channel series "Spectacle: Elvis Costello with...," which premiered on January 21, 2009.

“It was an honor and a joy to be on that show,” he said. “Elvis Costello is arguably the best songwriter of our generation, and an engaging host who showed interest in all of us. It was so interesting to me that I forgot I was on television, because I was so interested in what everyone had to say. Then I looked up and saw myself on the monitor and said, ‘Oh, shit!’”

Taped at Harlem's famed Apollo Theater in September, the program features Mellencamp, Rosanne Cash, Kris Kristof Read More
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