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07/02/2009 - By ANDREW S. HUGHES - Tribune Staff Writer

It took less than an hour after The Tribune posted the announcement for the concert July 4 at Coveleski Stadium for a reader to respond that the three headliners are “has-beens.”

Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson and John Mellencamp are each many things, but unlike most veteran acts, none of them deserves that sobriquet.

As an example, if chart success means anything, Dylan’s “Together Through Life” debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s charts after its release on April 28 of this year, as did his 2006 album, “Modern Times.”

Beyond that, and artistically more important, each of them continues to release new albums that add new layers of meaning and vitality to their careers and that demonstrate an ongoing creative inquisitiveness that’s rare — Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney and Neil Young all belong with them in this category, too — among most veteran artists today.

Here, then, are reviews of the most recen Read More
06/30/2009 - NPR is repeating John's March 2009 appearance on their "Fresh Air" show, Friday, July 3rd. The approximately forty minute interview was conducted by "Fresh Air" Host Terry Gross. John appeared via digital line from his Belmont Mall studio and performed solo acoustic renditions of several classics, songs from his latest album "Life, Death, Love and Freedom," and a few of his favorite songs from his youth.

The revealing "Fresh Air" interview is available for online listening via their WEBSITE and by clicking HERE you can locate your local radio station and airtime.
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06/30/2009 - F.Y.E is celebrating the release of John's new album Life Death LIVE and Freedom and his summer tour with Bob Dylan and Willie Nelson by giving away an autographed John Mellencamp guitar. Click HERE to visit their website to enter.


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06/28/2009 - Kurt Markus, whose still work has put him in the front ranks of contemporary American photographers is about to embark on a film project that will document a journey he'll be taking this summer with John Mellencamp. Markus' extraordinary vision and focus on the American West has earned him critical accolades over the course of his 35 year long career in photography that has seen his work published in Vanity Fair, GQ, Rolling Stone, Travel and Leisure, New York Times Magazine, Outside, Esquire, Texas Monthly, Entertainment Weekly, Vogue and Best Life as well as overseas outlets. He was recipient of Life Magazine's Alfred Eisenstaedt Photography Award for his Rolling Stone "Sports Hall of Fame" shots of triathelete Peter Kotland.

This summer he will accompany Mellencamp with a classic Super 8 camera, capturing him on tour and as he records an album of new songs. Ian Markus, his son, is his assisting cameraman and will film digitally and capture sound. The expectat Read More
06/23/2009 -


John's new LIVE album Life Death LIVE and Freedom is now in stores! The album features live versions of tracks from John's 2008 release Life Death Love and Freedom. LIVE features recordings from Mellencamp's 2008 tour. Click HERE to read the liner notes from the album.

Life Death LIVE and Freedom track listing:

1. If I Die Sudden
2. Troubled Land
3. Don't Need This Body
4. Longest Days
5. Young Without Lovers
6. A Ride Back Home
7. Jena
8. My Sweet Love

This special low-priced offering from Concord / Hear Music is available at most retail and digital outlets! The CD version is available online at Read More
06/23/2009 - Tuesday, June 23, 2009
By Ron Wynn

John Mellencamp - Life Death Live and Freedom - (Hear Music)

While John Mellencamp was thrilling and impressive during the studio version of the Life Death Love and Freedom CD, he’s taken things to even greater heights vocally and emotionally on these live versions of songs culled from concerts done during last year’s tours.

Whether it’s “Troubled Land,” “Jena,” “My Sweet Love,” or “Don’t Need This Body,” you hear Mellencamp singing without reserve or inhibition, at times powering through the melody and turning the lyrics into vibrant exhortations, then suddenly switching the mood and tempo back down before reviving things again.

Backed by a fine six-piece unit whose two guitars, keyboards, violin, bass and percussion created fierce, percolating backgrounds, Mellencamp provided audiences with an intensity and soul not obtainable in a sterile studio environment.

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06/22/2009 - This week John's new album is featured on AOL.com's Listening Party and on MSN's Music Listening Booth. Click HERE to listen to the entire album on AOL and click HERE for the MSN Listening Booth! Post your thoughts about the album on the Mellencamp MESSAGE BOARD.
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06/21/2009 - The video for "A Ride Back Home," the latest single from "Life, Death, Love and Freedom," is in rotation on GAC & CMT and is eligible for GAC's Top 20 Countdown and CMT's Top 20 Countdown - vote today! Click HERE for more ways to spread the word about the video.
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06/21/2009 - The fourth single from Life Death Love and Freedom is "If I Die Sudden." A special radio single has been released to Classic Rock and AAA radio formats that includes both the original album version along with the powerful live version contained on Life Death LIVE and Freedom.

Click HERE to find your local stations in those formats and request the song today! For tips how to make effective requests, click HERE. Calling your local stations and requesting new music by John is one of the best ways you can support his music! Always remember to call and thank the station when you hear them play John's music too.
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06/20/2009 - John's new video "A Ride Back Home" is featured as part of CMT's Video Replay series. The piece finds John and his duet partner Karen Fairchild talking about the song and video while it is played on screen. Click HERE to watch the video on CMT.com or click the play button below.

John Mellencamp CMT Video Replay
06/18/2009 - With one win under our belt from last week's CMT Power Picks on June 8th (John’s video "A Ride Back Home" beat out Alan Jackson's video "Sissy's Song") we have another shot at winning another round!

Check out CMT Power Picks.  Your votes decide which country music videos get played!
Here's your chance to help support John and his new video "A Ride Back Home"! CMT Power Picks puts the hottest videos against each other, and your votes decide which gets played and which goes away. This Monday, June 22nd at 11:00am ET it's John vs Reba McEntire. Contenders are announced online and on-air. As with last week’s win if John wins again this week he will be put up against another contender in the coming weeks.

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06/17/2009 - The John Mellencamp-Kenny Chesney connection continues.

John and Kenny performed together on a September, 2003 episode of the "CMT Crossroads" series, which pairs country artists with artists from other genres. But the country superstar is now closing his current concert tour stops with "Hurt's So Good."

John's smash hit from 1982 caps an encore set of five songs, also including The Eagles' "Take It Easy" and Steve Miller's "The Joker."

But he's not the only country star covering "Hurts So Good." Hit newcomer country group Lady Antebellum is also including it in their set. In fact, they've actually performed the song on the same stage as Chesney during opening sets on his tour.

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06/11/2009 - The Las Vegas, NV (August 12th) show has been canceled due to a scheduling conflict. Tickets can be returned at point of purchase.

A show in Lake Elsinore, CA has been added to The Bob Dylan Show with John and Willie Nelson:

08.12.09 - Lake Elsinore, CA - The Diamond

The presale for Lake Elsinore will begin on Wednesday, June 22nd. Public tickets for this show will go onsale on Friday, June 27th.

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06/11/2009 - Capt. Ken's Music Musings - By Ken Capobianco

Finally, many found John Mellencamp’s last record, “Life Death Love and Freedom” a bit too dark and murky (that was an instance when T-Bone Burnett’s production, like his work with Sam Phillips, was too quirky for pop fans). It was a great record about loss, mortality and the sad inevitability of aging and proved that Mellencamp is one of the more honest and fearless rock writers. Everyone I know said, “Too depressing, when’s the new Tom Petty coming out?”

Well, Mellencamp must have realized that some of his best songs got overlooked so he put out an EP, “Life, Death, LIVE and Freedom,” (Hear Music) featuring eight songs recorded live. And with this, you hear the songs from a different point of view. Mellencamp’s voice is clear and his phrasing is different. The vibe is not of fatigue and despair but of recognizing the song’s dark sentiments and rising above them.

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06/10/2009 - John has written the glowing forward to a forthcoming book about fellow Midwestern rocker and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Bob Seger.

"Travelin' Man," which gets its title from Seger's 1969 breakthrough hit "Ramblin' Gamblin' Man" (he was heading the Bob Seger System then), is a collaboration with photographer Thomas Weschler and Detroit music writer Gary Graff. It details Weschler's long involvement with the Seger organization.

John's forward relates how he was riding around Seymour with his buddies when "Ramblin' Gamblin' Man" came on the car radio. The then 16 year-old was so taken by the record's sound and the singer's voice that he had the driver pull onto the shoulder of the road so they could hear it without static. Thus began John's "long love affair" with Seger's music, which he describes as "thoughtful and bad-ass, all in one measure."

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