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11/21/2008 - 4 Stars - Here’s an artist who has regularly found favour over the years in this particular quarter, being the mid-western equivalent of Bruce Springsteen, advocating for the downtrodden and desperate losers of society. It’s a natural fit for Mellencamp, who’s had to fight for his artistic freedom on more than one occasion over the span of his career. It’s a style that has worked well over time, but on Life Death Love And Freedom it’s Mellencamp himself who’s the subject for the majority of the songs and, quite frankly, at times things get somewhat sticky. Make no mistake here, he’s an artist of the first order and a perfectionist for getting the sound that he wants; you can’t fault the production values herein. It’s that there’s something uncomfortable about listening to the self-doubts and confessed frailties of a reputable fighter such as Mellencamp. Maybe it’s just a bit disconcerting to see/hear the innermost human facets of his life? Whatever the reason(s), the man has earned the right to sing what he w Read More
11/19/2008 - Paul Mendenhall, of Bloomington/Indianapolis IN's 92.3 WTTS radio, recently had the opportunity to sit down for an in-depth interview with John Mellencamp, discussing the early years, the current state of music, John's forthcoming art gallery, and all-things Mellencamp. The interview is now available on WTTS's website via their On-Demand feature. It is very insightful covering many new topics John hasn't discussed in the past. Read More
11/18/2008 - Two of England’s top magazines have in-depth interviews of John Mellencamp in their current issues.

Classic Rock caught Mellencamp in England on his birthday “looking good,” according to writer Max Bell, who described him thusly: “Big, dark quaff, leather jerkin, white tee, blue jeans and work boots; he’s a man of the people crossed with Martin Sheen in ‘Badlands’ going a James Dean impersonation.” There’s also a great bit regarding Mellencamp’s continued ambivalence toward the country on account of his lingering disdain for the way his first two managers—both Brits—handled his career roll-out.

Mojo’s Phil Sutcliffe caught him at the time of the Elvis Costello’s forthcoming show’s taping in New York—and covered similar ground. His piece leads: “The restless voice of ornery America, John Mellencamp has spent three decades railing against injustice and conservatism. Now, on the eve of the US election, Mojo finds him contemplating his own mortality Read More
11/17/2008 - By Allen Newton
Why would any concert promoter want to use a venue other than Sandalford Winery in the Swan Valley?

With the sun going down, an enthusiastic crowd spread across the lawns, a glass of wine in hand and two fabulous performers - Sheryl Crow and John Mellencamp - on stage, it doesn’t get much better.

Mellencamp isn’t one of those performers I would instantly put on my list to go and see, but the veteran hit it off with the crowd in a big way at Sandalford’s Evening On The Green on Sunday night.

Kicking off his first Australian tour in 15 years with two Perth concerts, Mellencamp showed off a delightful range of styles and easily developed a rapport with the sell-out crowd.

It didn’t hurt that his support act came in the form of Sheryl Crow, who had the crowd grooving along to hits such as All I Wanna Do and If It Makes You Happy.

While Crow was singing about “a beer buzz in the morning” the crowd was Read More
11/14/2008 - John Mellencamp-Live Death Love And Freedom (Hear Music) B

It takes a couple of listens to truly hear this new album from America's last true rock troubadour, John Mellencamp, but it's worth the effort. Mellencamp has long since stopped trying to hit the charts as he used to regularly do with some ease all those years ago. Now he's satisfied singing about growing older, love between two people that really lasts and his views on being a conscious person in his time left on Earth. Without a hint of irony, he relays these tales with a journeyperson's deft touch and his band is right there with him, along with respected album producer T. Bone Burnett. Well worth a listen.
— Jeff Monk
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11/12/2008 - John Mellencamp was the featured guest on National Public Radio’s “World Cafe” on Tuesday, Nov. 11th. The nearly half hour visit featured an in-depth interview along with solo acoustic performances by John of "Longest Days," "Small Town," "A Ride Back Home," and "Troubled Land". Click HERE to listen to John's entire visit and performance!

“World Cafe” is the premier public radio showcase for contemporary music programming with a broad range of styles including blues, rock, world, folk, and alternative country. It is hosted by long-time Philadelphia radio personality David Dye. Read More
11/11/2008 - Elmore, November/December 2008

JOHN MELLENCAMP
Life Death Love and Freedom
(Hear Music)

If you’re musically aware enough to be reading this magazine, then you don’t need an introductory bio on John Mellencamp, but what may come in handy before listening to Mellencamp’s latest release, Life Death Love and Freedom, is an explanation of where he is coming from in releasing such an incredibly deep and personal CD. Mellencamp has always provided beautifully descriptive insights into everyday life and the heart of rural America. Now he is applying that same depth to his personal world, which (especially for those of us not too far behind him in age) can leave you with a foreboding feeling of doom, unless you listen to it carefully enough to hear the glimmers of hope that lie beneath the seemingly relentless tales of misery.

With lyrics like “sometimes you get sick and you don’t get better” from the opener “Longest Days,” it is vividly clear that you won Read More
11/11/2008 - Radio Format: Triple A
John Mellencamp - Troubled Land (3:23)
Producer: T Bone Burnett
Writer: J. Mellencamp
Publisher: not listed
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At this point, John Mellencamp has nothin’ to prove. With his induction in to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame earlier this year alongside a Grammy Award and 12 other nods, counting hits is beside the point. Previous single “My Sweet Love,” featuring Karen Fairchild of Little Big Town, from current folk rock album “Life, Death, Love and Freedom,” was a triumph at triple A. Follow-up “Troubled Land” is signature Mellencamp fare-that means a laid-back vocal and smart lyrics: “Stand up and holler, lay down and die/We can turn up our collars and never try/Just know the truth is coming, to bring peace to this troubled land.” Producer T Bone Burnett conjures an organic landscape, fostering ideal fare for all who connect with music beyond the surface. Mellencamp again stakes his claim as t Read More
11/09/2008 - Paul Mendenhall, of Bloomington/Indianapolis' 92.3 WTTS radio, recently sat for an in-depth interview with John Mellencamp, discussing JM's early years, the current state of music, John's art, and all-things Mellencamp. Hear the interview all week (Nov. 10-14) on the WTTS Morning Show. WTTS will air new segments each morning at 7 and 8 AM, then make them available On-Demand. Read More
11/09/2008 - John Mellencamp undertakes his first full-fledged concert tour, outside North America since 1992, this week when he and his band fly to Australia for a month-long stay.

His first show is Nov. 15th in Caversham, just outside of Perth and followed by eight shows through Dec. 7th, including stops in Brisbane, Sydney, and Melbourne in Australia as well as three shows in New Zealand. The tour features visits to large outdoor amphitheaters and indoor arenas.

Australia has played a pivotal role in Mellencamp's career, as "I Need a Lover" became a hit for him Down Under in 1978 --thereby generating much-needed career momentum for him at home in the USA. He has gone on to earn multiple gold and platinum albums in Australia.

The upcoming Aussie shows are Mellencamp's first concerts there since May of 1992. Read More
11/08/2008 - John Mellencamp, who did a lot of serious work on behalf of Barack Obama's historic presidential campaign, was linked with the President-elect in a humorous vein by David Letterman on Friday's installment of "Late Night."

During his "Fun Facts" segment, Letterman related that for the first years of his political career, Obama went by the name "Barack Cougar Obamacamp." Read More
11/08/2008 - John Mellencamp's appearance on Elvis Costello's Sundance Channel series "Spectacle: Elvis Costello with..." will be aired on Wednesday, January 21, 2009 at 9 PM.

Taped at Harlem's famed Apollo Theater in September, the program features Mellencamp, Rosanne Cash, Kris Kristofferson, and Norah Jones, together with Costello, exchanging songs and stories in the nature of a Nashville "guitar pull." It is one of 13 one-hour episodes in the Costello-hosted series, which launches Dec. 3rd with Sir Elton John as Costello's sole guest. Other artists featured on the series include The Police, Tony Bennett, Lou Reed and Diana Krall. Read More
11/07/2008 - John Mellencamp is the featured guest on National Public Radio’s “World Cafe” on Tuesday, Nov. 11th. The show will include an interview and song performances including “Small Town” and “Longest Days.”

Produced in Philadelphia, by the University of Pennsylvania’s public radio service WXPN, and distributed nationally by National Public Radio (NPR), “World Cafe” can be heard on nearly 200 local stations nationwide. Fans can find their local station by clicking HERE and choosing their state under the “Find a Program Broadcast Time” heading. Online listening is available via the WXPN/Philadelphia Web stream by clicking HERE.

Additionally, the audio will be archived on NPR’s “World Cafe” Read More
11/05/2008 - A deeply moved John Mellencamp spoke this morning about the election of Barack Obama as the 44th president of the United States.

“This for me is something I never thought I would see in my life,” said Mellencamp, echoing a feeling common to millions of Americans black and white and all colors in-between—especially those who came of age in the 1960s.

“I remember the assassination of Martin Luther King and the marches in Selma, Alabama, and seeing Rosa Parks, demonstrators getting sprayed by fire hoses and attacked by police dogs and all the other horrible things that happened at that time in our country,” he continued. “Then I played at the 2004 Democratic Convention, which was my first introduction to Barack Obama, and after his keynote address I looked at my wife Elaine and said, ‘Man, what a poet! He could be president of the United States!’ And that’s absolutely verbatim.

“But even I, who have written countless songs about race, could not believe that a man of color could b Read More
11/02/2008 - John's two appearances on Good Morning America last week are available for online viewing. The Saturday piece featured a very cool interview with John, taped at his Belmont Mall studio as well as touring around Bloomington IN, with host Kate Snow.

Watch on ABCNews' website - Click HERE
Watch on YouTube - Click HERE
Read article based on John's interview - Click HERE
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