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02/01/2015 - "Mellencamp’s racked dozens of hits over the last three decades (the 2004 two-disc retrospective Words & Music is a perfect gateway for the uninitiated). And starting with late ‘90s fare like Rough Harvest and ‘00s discs Trouble No More and Freedom’s Road, he’s only gotten better at distilling American culture into four-minute, acoustic guitar-driven masterpieces. Grizzled yet grungy, the sexagenarian Mellencamp is a little Woody Guthrie, a pinch of Pete Seeger, and a bit of Bob Dylan rolled into one ferocious firecracker..." Read the 5 Star review of John's Playhouse Square show on January 31st in Cleveland, Ohio after the jump. Read More
01/29/2015 - Heartland rocker's raucous Ryman Auditorium concert reveals his influence on today's country music

 While Jack White was raging across the street at the Bridgestone Arena and duetting with Loretta Lynn, John Mellencamp performed the second of a two-night stand at Nashville's historic Ryman Auditorium, and the through-line between the aging — but still cigarette-puffing — heartland artist's catalog and the country music of today couldn't have been more apparent.

Long before Jason Aldean was singing about taking the tractor for another ride under the "Amarillo Sky" or Justin Moore was celebrating the tiny dots on the map in "Small Town U.S.A.," Mellencamp was writing world-wearied country rockers about a fading farming culture, the small-town lifestyle and, that tent pole of contemporary country, nostalgia. The increasingly Americana-leaning singer touched all of those bases during his sets at the Ryman. Here are the eight songs that best connected the dots. Read More
01/28/2015 - This month, the Morris Museum of Art in Augusta, Ga., opened an exhibit of 50 paintings by John Mellencamp. Read Ellen Gamerman's complete interview with John after the jump. “I don’t know if we’re really painters, but we paint,” Mr. Mellencamp said of prominent musicians who are stepping up to the easel. The artist, who works in a corrugated-tin studio just down the road from his home in Indiana, said creative people can find expression in more than one medium: “If you really are open to painting every day, surely you’re going to step onto something great once in a while. Surely a blind pig can find an acorn every now and then...”

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01/25/2015 - Read Brian Wagner's from Out Of The Blue Publications show review at the Aronoff Center for the Arts in Cincinnati, OH after the jump. Here are some excerpts: "His songs bring back an innocence and introspection that made the crowd all feel 20 years younger.

As Mellencamp walked off stage to thunderous applause, it was obvious he had made us all feel like we were young again sharing his songs with each other..." Read More
01/24/2015 - Jeffrey Lee Puckett of The Courier Journal reviews John's sold out second show on the 2015 Plain Spoken Tour at the Louisville Palace. Here is an excerpt: "Launching into “Small Town,” and it was all over at that moment: The room was his, we were a family of fans, a collection of lawless women and troubled men celebrating a moment when everything felt pretty great despite the long odds..." Read the complete review after the jump. Read More
01/22/2015 - Read Andrew Hughes of the South Bend Tribune complete review of John's opening night on the 2015 Plain Spoken Tour at the Morris Performing Arts Center after the jump. Here are some excerpts: "With 2008’s “Life, Death, Love and Freedom,” 2010’s “No Better Than This” and the September release of “Plain Spoken,” Mellencamp has delivered three of the finest albums of his career..."

"A rock band playing with maximum passion and communal bonding with the audience..."

"79 dates ahead to mine the roots of American music and investigate what it means to live and die..." Read More
01/09/2015 - The Grammy Foundation will host the 17th Annual Grammy Foundation Legacy Concert Lean On Me: A Celebration Of Music And Philanthropy, at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre featuring live musical performances including Grammy winners Melissa Etheridge, Cyndi Lauper, John Mellencamp and Willie Nelson; current Grammy nominee Aloe Blacc; singer/songwriter Rozzi Crane; violinist/performance artist Lindsey Stirling; and Grammy nominee Robin Thicke; as well as other artists to be announced shortly. Read the complete press release after the jump. Read More
01/04/2015 - The Plain Spoken tour begins on January 21st! “The Voice of the Heartland” will play 80 shows including multiple dates in the artist’s hometown of Bloomington, Indiana; Nashville, Chicago, Minneapolis, New York, and more. The special guest is Carlene Carter. The tour will kick off on January 21st in South Bend, Indiana at the Morris Performing Arts Center. The final performance held in Indianapolis at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse on August 4th is a benefit show for Riley Children’s Foundation ( $5.00 per ticket will be donated to the charity.

Tickets are ON SALE NOW for the entire 2015 Tour! Head to the TOUR page to learn more.

Read the complete press release and see the tour dates after the jump. Read More
01/03/2015 - Rock N Roll Hall Of Famer John Mellencamp gets personal in a unique interview with Jann Wenner, the publisher of Rolling Stone Magazine, for National Public Television’s new series Speakeasy. Filmed at The McKittrick Hotel in New York City in October 2014, John answers questions and discusses his early days as Johnny Cougar, his work with Stephen King, Farm Aid, his recently released new album Plain Spoken and work as a painter. Mellencamp’s candid conversation also explores his philosophy on success, what drives his passion for expression and his uncompromising creative will. Click "read more" for a complete list of stations airing Speakeasy. Find Speakeasy on Facebook and their official website Speakeasy-TV. Be sure to check local listings for start dates & times. Watch the preview clip of the episode below.

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01/03/2015 - Carlene Carter is the special guest on all 80 shows of the Plain Spoken Tour. Carlene, daughter of country music legends June Carter and Carl Smith, stepdaughter of Johnny Cash, and granddaughter of "Mother" Maybelle Carter of the original Carter Family, has been said to have been born into country music royalty. She prefers to think of herself, simply, as a Carter Girl which is the title of her current album on Rounder Records. She is a third generation member of the Carter Family whose pioneering recordings and songs were “ground zero” for American country and folk music. Read more about Carlene and watch some of her performances from her appearances at Farm Aid along with some classic videos after the jump. Read More
01/02/2015 - The Morris Museum of Art, located on the Riverwalk in Downtown Augusta, Georgia, will exhibit "American Dreams: Paintings by John Mellencamp" from January 11th through April 12th 2015. The exhibit will include 50 oil and mixed-media paintings, including several never-before seen by the public. For more information on the showing, click HERE. Mellencamp’s paintings have been exhibited previously at the Tennessee State Museum, the Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown, Ohio, and most recently at the Museum of Art in Deland, Florida. Read More
01/02/2015 - John performs an acoustic version of Billy Joel's "Allentown" at the "Billy Joel: The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize" on PBS a music special honoring Singer-Songwriter Billy Joel’s as recipient of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song in Washington D.C. on November 19, 2014.

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12/28/2014 - "Billy Joel: The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize" is a PBS music special honoring Singer-Songwriter Billy Joel’s as recipient of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. The evening will include performances by Joel, as well as John Mellencamp, Tony Bennett, Kevin Spacey, LeAnn Rimes and many more. John sings Billy Joel's "Allentown" as part of the special. The program will premiere Friday, January 2, 2015 at 9 pm ET on PBS. Check your local listings for air date/time in your region. Click HERE to watch a promo video for the special. Read More
12/24/2014 - "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus" from the A Very Special Christmas benefit album. The video was filmed at soundcheck during the 1987 Lonesome Jubilee tour.

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12/05/2014 - John was the guest on PBS's "Charlie Rose Show" this week. John discusses his latest album Plain Spoken and his collaboration with Stephen King and T-Bone Burnett on Ghost Brothers of Darkland County. John in accompaniment with his guitarist Andy York performed, "Troubled Man," live in the Charlie Rose studio in New York City filmed on Nov. 24, 2014. Watch this in-depth video below.

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