05/04/2015 - John Mellencamp was one of the organizers of that event along with Willie Nelson and Neil Young. But Mellencamp, an Indiana native, didn’t need Dylan’s comments to make him aware of the dire problems that farmers faced. Earlier that year during sessions for his new album, he laid down a fierce, downcast track written from the perspective of a man pushed to the brink by the pressures of making a living via agriculture.|
The album, Scarecrow, was released around the same time as the Farm Aid show and would be a massive hit with a bevy of smash singles. Read the complete article, read the lyrics and watch the "Rain On The Scarecrow" video after the jump.
04/09/2015 - Celebrate John Mellencamp and Record Store Day on April 18th by purchasing a
Plain Spoken vinyl or CD at participating record stores. For this year's RSD,
participating stores will have prints of this original oil on canvas painting as
a special part of their celebrations. The Record Store Day Headquarters has a
framed, autographed version to give as a special souvenir of Record Store Day
2015 through a contest on their website. Head over to the
to get a list of participating stores and to enter for your chance to win this amazing autographed print. Read quotes from John and his fans in support of RSD |
"Immersing yourself in the environment of a real record store where music is celebrated and cherished adds real value to the experience of buying music. In some ways, that retail experience is as important as the music."
- John Mellencamp
“He appreciates his fans, that is cool…”
“I'd love to win this. I'm a huge fan and so is my daughter. He gets better with age but I love Cherry Bomb!”
“Proud of my fellow Hoosier...celebrating and supporting Record Store Day…”
“I LOVE seeing John support Record Store Day this year! It's so very important to help independent record stores stay afloat (nothing better than hands on searching thru bins of music). It takes me back to my young girl days!”
How cool! I have been listening to his new album on vinyl. It's such a great sound. I'm happy to see he's supporting the small business records stores!
"I bought my first John Mellencamp album, Uh Huh, on vinyl at my local record store, and I bought his latest, Plain Spoken at my local record store! There's still nothing like going into a record store to buy an album. It's more than finally getting your hands on that long-awaited new release. It's the sights, the sounds, and the experience. I expect nothing less from an artist like John to support Record Store Day!" Read More
04/02/2015 - In recent days I’ve been asked to give my opinion about what’s been going on in
our state. Do I agree or disagree with the Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration
Act? What am I going to say, or do, about it? Am I going to cancel any of my
upcoming Indiana shows? As many of the Star’s readers know, I have lived in
Indiana since the day I was born, and I know firsthand that our state is
populated with a great diversity of people who hold varying religious and
political beliefs. The people in our neighborhoods are also racially diverse,
live in different types of family units and also span a broad spectrum of sexual
and gender identities. Indiana is now, in many ways, the American Melting Pot we
all learned about in school. We are more than just tolerant, most of the time.
We are welcoming.|
So it is with a very heavy heart that I’ve watched the divisiveness that has
occurred over our state government's actions. I am not questioning the sincerity
of those who believe they have acted in the interests of religious freedom, but
I am resolutely stating my opposition to this misnamed and ill-conceived law. It
is discriminatory, hurtful, and a stain on Indiana’s national reputation. I
understand Governor Pence and the state legislature are working on some changes
to the law’s language, and I can only hope that they will do the right thing for
the people of our state.
I have thought seriously about canceling my upcoming shows, not wanting the
resulting tax revenues from ticket sales, concessions and the like to help fill
the same government coffers that would enforce this terrible law. But then I
realized that I would be letting our government divide us again, keeping me
apart from my most important audience: My Indiana fans who have been there for
me from the very beginning. Our evenings together will be about music, and
hopefully this situation will be made right by the time I see you in May.
My best to you all,