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08/19/2010 - John's just completed a week of performances on PBS' "Tavis Smiley." The five episodes included an interview and six song performances: "Save Some Time To Dream," "Don't Forget About Me," "The West End," "No Better Than This," "Thinking About You," and "Pink Houses."

After the jump we have an exclusive photo from the taping, video of the songs performed, and the complete audio & video from the entire week's performance! Read More
08/19/2010 - Read full review of No Better Than This. Here are some excerpts: "It’s a collection of songs that feels like the record the kid who used to be called Cougar always wanted to make. .."

"and it’s as successful as it is refreshing. The songs rely completely on his confidence and ability to write and sing, avoiding the temptation to add the unnecessary.."
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08/19/2010 - Read Robbie Gerson of Audiophile Audition full review of No Better Than This. Here are come excerpts: "His music can be grandiose or minimalist, but the universal themes of family, country, love and politics are very complex and layered..."

"Recorded with a fifty-five-year-old Ampex 601 reel-to-reel tape recorder and one vintage microphone, the band creates a guitar-driven, austere sound, with a live feel. The gritty acoustics are effective and enhance the lyrical verve..."

"No Better Than This is destined to be an American classic..." Read More
08/19/2010 - Read Phil Gallo of's complete recap of John's performance at the Grammy Museum. Here are some excerpts: "The purpose was to go into places and take it back to where it began. What we were able to do was capture the moment. That's a problem with music today -- there is no moment. Everybody was in the moment.... Sometimes we got it in the first take, sometimes the third or fourth or not at all. It was fun to be a musician..." Read More
08/19/2010 - John was a guest on NPR's Morning Edition on Thursday, August 19th. John discussed his new album with host Steve Inskeep. Click HERE to read a summary of the article and to listen to the interview on NPR's website. Read More
08/19/2010 - John Mellencamp fittingly commemorated Tuesday's release of his new album No Better Than This with "An Evening With John Mellencamp at the Grammy Museum" Live in Los Angeles. Read's (and sometime blogger) Jim Bessman's of full event report from the show. Read More
08/19/2010 - Read Ken Capobianco's full article on John's Grammy Museum appearance. Here are some excerpts: "Mellencamp was unusually honest about his music and said some provocative things about the future of music, the Internet and his own legacy..."

"Mellencamp came across as the straight talker you’d expect him to be..."

"The evening, clearly, was more than a promotional appearance for a record from an American songwriter at his very best..." Read More
08/18/2010 - Read Rick Moore's of American Songwriter full review of No Better Than This. Here are some excerpts: "he wasn’t going away no matter how sick you were of “Jack and Diane,” and that he was the real deal: A midwestern farm town boy who was just as passionate about rock ‘n’ roll and acoustic music as he was about the rural way of life, and didn’t care who agreed with him..."

"it doesn’t get much more real than this..."

"Very little of this album pays attention to convention, which makes it that much more of a delight to listen to and support. At the end of the day, No Better Than This, like most everything else John Mellencamp has done, is about the human spirit. It’s about people, and Mellencamp continues to write and sing about them better and better with each passing year..." Read More
08/18/2010 - Read Jeff Niesel's full review of No Better Than This. Here are some excerpts: Stripped-down songs..."

"sound like they come from another era..." -

"There’s a real sense of joy to No Better Than This..." Read More
08/18/2010 - Read R.M. Engelman's full review of No Better Than This. Here are some excerpts: "When you discuss modern musical storytellers, it’s a short list of artists like Dylan, Bruce, Neil Young, Tom Waits, and John Mellancamp. No Better Than This, his 25th release, is his interpretation of the music that inspired him..."

"The disc has an eerie, but cool sound to it. It does remind you of newly discovered tapes of a blues artist made decades ago, acoustic guitar, a speck of fiddle, minimal drums and bass effects..."

"It’s unique, a bit spooky, and as advertised, maybe a little haunted. It makes you tap along with it; it somehow takes over your available brain space. You start to play it repeatedly. How can U resist? Read More
08/18/2010 - Read Rod Lockwood of full review. Here are some excerpts: No Better Than This is something for which Mellencamp was long overdue: a defining album that resets his creative clock and reminds everyone how great a songwriter and musician that he really is. Because this..."

"is truly brilliant and it’s as good as anything he’s ever released, which is saying a lot..."

"What makes No Better Than This so great is its consistency and artistic commitment..." Read More
08/18/2010 - John will be the featured guest on the nationally-syndicated radio show NPR Morning Edition with host Steve Inskeep, tomorrow Thursday, August 19th at 5:21 AM and again at 7:21 AM. Please note times are estimated and may vary depending on station and time zone. John will be discussing his new album amongst other topics. To find a station near you or listen on the Internet for the broadcast, go to Read More
08/18/2010 - Page 34 of the September 2nd issue of Rolling Stone Magazine includes a full page question and answer session between writer Austin Scaggs and John. It was conducted a few weeks ago while John was in Kansas City for a boxing tourney with his son Hud. The article includes a large picture of John. Check it out in the new issue of Rolling Stone! Read More
08/18/2010 - Read Robert Kinsler's full report on the Grammy Museum show. Here are some excerpts: "No Better Than This marks another high mark in Mellencamp’s continuing journey to document his own life and that of the world around him — particularly those hit hardest by economic hardship, isolation and racial discrimination..."

“The problem with music today is there is no moment to capture anymore,” Mellencamp said of the retro approach of his new album, noting this was a project on the opposite side of the “fix it in the mix” mentality. “Everybody was in the moment … it was a real joy to create the music...” Read More
08/17/2010 - Read Brian Robbins of full review. Here are some excerpts: "if heart, soul, sweat, tears, and blood – along with vibe, groove, kick, honk, and holler – account for anything, No Better Than This deserves to be on this year’s Americana “best-of” lists, for sure..."

"that there was nothing automatic about me liking John Mellencamp’s new No Better Than This album. He was going to have to earn it..."

"Well, by Jesus, he did..." - "nothing short of goddamn magic..."

"13 original tunes that feel like soundtracks to stories John Steinbeck never got to write about raggedy-ass faith, love, loss, and life..." Read More
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