12/01/2009 - John’s recent summer tour mate Bob Dylan has got a lot of attention for
including a polka version of “Must Be Santa” on his new Christmas album—not to
mention shooting a delightful music video in support of it. Now comes word that
Cleveland’s award-winning polka bandleader Joey Tomsick has been incorporating
two of John’s songs—“Wild Nights” and “Cherry Bomb”—into his concert sets.
“We’re a polka band, but nowadays we can’t go an entire night just playing
traditional polkas and waltzes,” says Tomsick, an accordionist whose Joey
Tomsick Orchestra just won the Band of the Year award from the Polka Hall of
Fame (he also won the Best Musician-Individual award, the Recording of the Year
award for “Polka Funhouse,” and Best New Original Polka award for that album’s
titletrack; his band also won the Band of the Year award, while bandmates Phil
Hrvatin and Hank Guzel, Jr. won Best Sideman awards).
“So we need to change gears now and then and do some contemporary pop music tha Read More
11/25/2009 - John and Karen Fairchild's video for "A Ride Back Home" from John's Life Death Love and Freedom album is on cable country video network GAC's long list for the best videos of 2009. Those receiving the most votes will appear on GAC's Top 50 Videos of 2009 Countdown. Voting runs now through Nov. 30. You can vote for your favorite video once per day. Click HERE to vote today! Read More
11/24/2009 - The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) today released
a list of the Top 25 most-performed holiday songs of the decade penned by its
members—and included songwriter credits along with the most popular artist
version played on radio today.
Coming in at No. 20 is "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus," which was written by
Tommie Connor and taken to the top of the charts in 1952 by the late Jimmy Boyd.
But it was John’s spirited Cajun-flavored take, which was included in the first
volume of the “A Very Special Christmas” compilations (released in 1989), that
was cited by ASCAP as the most popular artist version played on radio today.
Headlining the list, incidentally, was “Winter Wonderland” (The Eurythmics’
version is the most popular currently).
Mellencamp’s version was part of the 1987's “A Very Special Christmas” album compilation. It was cut with his Lonesome Jubilee band and was accompanied by a video featuring his then ver Read More
11/23/2009 - The fourth volume of live performances recorded at Neil and Pegi Young’s
annual non-profit Bridge School Concert was just released digitally at iTunes. The 22-track set includes John’s performance of “Jackie
Brown,” which was recorded at the Oct. 29, 2005 Bridge School Benefit.
The concerts benefit the unique Bridge School learning complex in Hillsborough,
Cal., which assists children with severe physical impairments and challenging
communication needs. The first concert was held in 1986, and has continued each year to
host an all-star lineup.
Among the other notables on “The Bridge School Collection, Volume 4” are Josh
Groban, Trent Reznor, John Mayer, Tom Waits & Kronos Quartet, Jerry Lee Lewis,
Ministry, My Morning Jacket, Norah Jones, Tegan & Sara, Death Cab for Cutie and
Band of Horses. Proceeds from the iTunes downloads will once again be donated to
This is the second time that John has been featured on a Bridge School
compilation. Read More
11/15/2009 - By Jane Ammeson - Times Correspondent
The "Small Town" that John Mellencamp immortalized in his 1985 hit song
wasn't just an imagined Mayberry sort of place. Mellencamp, the rock singer and
songwriter known for his heartland ballads, was writing about Seymour, Ind. , a
town of about 20,000 just an hour south of Indianapolis.
There have been Mellencamps in Jackson County since the 1850s when a German
immigrant, Johann Herman Möhlenkamp, settled in a nearby county.
Now an audio driving tour CD, "The Roots of an American Rocker," lets travelers
listen to John Mellencamp's lyrics while visiting places important to him when
he was growing up.
The folksy reminiscences include those from a woman he dated during his freshman
year of high school. She recalls how Mellencamp tried to win her back by playing
"Working My Way Back to You" on the telephone.
Though their romance didn't work out, Mellencamp later wrote a s Read More
11/11/2009 - John is set to help honor his Farm Aid co-founder Neil Young who is to receive the 2010 MusiCares annual Person of the Year tribute. The award is given at the 2010 MusiCares Person of the Year gala dinner and tribute concert on Fri. Jan. 29, 2010 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.
The annual event is part of numerous activities that make up Grammy Week, culminating in the Grammy Awards ceremonies on Sun. Jan. 31. Proceeds will go to MusiCares, the Recording Academy’s foundation that provides a safety net of critical assistance for music people in times of financial, medical and personal emergencies.
Young is being recognized for his exceptional artistic achievements as well as his philanthropic work. He joins past Person of the Year honorees including Tony Bennett, Bono, Elton John, Bonnie Raitt, Paul Simon and Stevie Wonder.
In addition to John—who will likely perform solo acoustic—the other performers include Sheryl Crow, Emmylou Harris, Norah Jones, k.d. lang, Dave Matth Read More
11/02/2009 - Fans who can't wait until tomorrow's official release of the “NCIS: The Official TV Soundtrack – Vol. 2,” featuring John's brand new song "Someday The Rains Will Fall," can take advantage of a special promotion via Amazon.com's MP3 Downloads which finds the entire album available one day early for the discounted price of $3.99. Act quickly as these deals don't last! Click HERE to go to Amazon.com
To hear a sample of the track visit the Soundtrack Website which features clips of all of the songs along with lyrics.
“Someday The Rains Will Fall”
Written and Performed by John Mellencamp
Someday the rains will fall
When you expect it least
Someday the rains will fall
When I first come down here from the country
Came to the fork in the road
One way went nowhere
And the other, it carried a heavy load
10/30/2009 - John’s four-CD box set “On the Rural Route 7609” is now being sequenced for release next spring.
The collection, which will include versions of some of John’s classic songs other then the well known ones in general release, was being prepared for release this year. Word now is that John and Mike Wanchic are hard at work reformatting and sequencing the material. Read More
10/30/2009 - On Wednesday, October 28, 2009, John performed two songs at a tribute event for his friend, former NCAA and Indiana University President Myles Brand. John prefaced his solo acoustic performance of "Longest Days" from the Life Death Love and Freedom album noting the long friendship their shared and how Myles always thought everything John said was funny. John said Myles found comfort in "Longest Days" as he fought his battle, ultimately succumbing to pancreatic cancer.
Before the event-closing performance of "Save Read More
10/29/2009 - A Mellencamp-inspired audio CD “driving tour” of Jackson County, Indiana, is now available from the Jackson Country Visitor Center.
The hour-long program is entitled “The Roots of an American Rocker” and features stops at many of John’s old stomping grounds and a detailed map of his Seymour hometown. Stops include John’s boyhood home, Larrison’s Diner, Schneck Medical Center, Seymour High School, Emerson Elementary School, First Presbyterian Church, Shields Junior High School, P.J.’s House, Dakota Ridge, Rockford Ridge, Rok-Sey Roller Rink, Southern Indiana Center for the Arts, Grandma Laura’s and One Chamber Square. Several locations were featured in John's film debut "Falling From Grace" or in many of his locally filmed music videos.
The CD soundtrack features snippets of several of John’s songs, along with the voices of various friends and acquainta Read More
10/28/2009 - John's song lyrics have been added to the DISCOGRAPHY section of Mellencamp.com. Each album includes the lyrics for the songs included on that album along with the track listing and album credits. Click HERE to check it out. Read More
10/26/2009 - John's complete 9 song set at Farm Aid 2009 has been posted to YouTube, use the player below to view or click HERE. The concert was Sunday, October 4th, 2009 at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater outside of St. Louis, MO.
10/24/2009 - The Indiana Memorial Union Board, which celebrates its 100th
anniversary in December, will honor John during the annual Union Board dinner on
The board, which runs Indiana University’s landmark Memorial Union building, has
hosted the likes of Colin Powell, Bill Cosby, Kurt Vonnegut, Cornel West, Maya
Angelou and John, whom the board has presented in concert several times. It
sponsored his free 2000 Good Samaritan show in Woodlawn Field just off of the
Union, as well as his last campus concert, at Assembly Hall in 2002.
Made up of 16 student directors and four non-student directors, the board is
charged with campus programming that "entertains and educates" the IU community.
In recognition of its centennial celebration, IU president Michael McRobbie will
deliver the keynote address at the dinner.
John's participation in IU activities include his commencement address in 2000,
in which he advised graduates to "play it like you feel it! Read More
Something unusual was present at the press conference before the Farm Aid
2009 concert in St. Louis: a sense of optimism. Obviously, the situation in
which family farmers in America find themselves is bleak, but the activists,
farmers, and artists—including Farm Aid’s musical board members, Willie Nelson,
Neil Young, John Mellencamp, and Dave Matthews—insisted that hopeful signs were
on the horizon. First, people across the country are getting behind local-food
movements, being educated to the healthful, economical, and ethical benefits of
consuming food produced in and around one’s own zip code. Second, Farm Aid
officials pointed to the obvious change in the attitude toward family-farm
causes coming out of the new Administration in Washington: “We have an open
door,” said Executive Director Carolyn Mugar.
Still, enormous challenges remain, namely addressing the ongoing dairy crisis by
convincing the USDA to set milk prices that cover production cos Read More
10/21/2009 - John will be taking part in the Oct. 28 memorial tribute for former National Collegiate Athletic Association and Indiana University president Myles Brand. The NCAA will host the event in conjunction with IU at Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.
Brand, who died from pancreatic cancer on Sept. 16, was the first university president to lead the NCAA as its chief executive. He assumed that post in 2003 following his service as IU president from 1994 through 2002. It was during his IU tenure that he presented John an honorary degree in 2000, when John gave the spring commencement address.
During Brand's tenure John's lead gift helped the university build its indoor football practice facility.
Brand’s distinguished career in academia was capped by his time at IU, where he presided over a period of record student enrollments and national leadership in information technology and the life sciences, while continuing the school’s recognized strengths in the arts and humanities.
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