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07/25/2010 - Here are some excerpts from Jonathan Keller of Marquee Magazine On The Rural Route 7609 review.

"The set is perfectly packaged, well-compiled and does a magnificent job of showcasing Mellencampís songwriting chops, which have often been overlooked throughout his hit-laden career..." Read More
07/25/2010 - Here is an excerpt from Tampa Bay's Pop LIfe No Better Than This review by Sean Daly:

"But for all the talk of ghosts, this is one of Mellencampís liveliest records..."

"consistently inspired - most of the songs catch and cook, especially the title track. If you want to weep, try out the wistfully weathered "Thinking About You..."

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07/25/2010 - Here is an excerpt from Pennsylvania's Daily Local Newspaper No Better Than This review by Sean Hickey:

"John Mellencamp went back to the basics to record his new album. Really back to the basics..."

"The record is a testimony to old-time values and craftsmanship, and good, old-fashioned talent..."

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07/24/2010 - Rounder Records - September 2010 Issue 202
By Bob Mehr

Veteran rocker hits the road for stellar album of "routes" music.

Known for his pop hits and mile-wide acerbic streak, John Mellencamp's late career has seen a serious artistic renaissance, as evidenced on 2008's collaboration with T Bone Burnett, Life Death, Love and Freedom. Reuniting with Burnett, Mellencamp's latest is a concept piece recorded in a series of historic locations: Sun Studios in Memphis, Read More
07/17/2010 - Click HERE to read's Dave Curtis review John's new album No Better Than This. Visit their website for the complete review which includes several pictures and audio samples. Read More
07/17/2010 - Here is an excerpt from Terre Haute's Tribune Star Newspaper No Better Than This review by Mark Bennett:

"if youíre intrigued by dark, desperate, contemplative music, performed in iconic settings by a emotive singer and his crack band, then youíve struck gold with this disc. Mellencamp and producer T Bone Burnett recorded this batch of new songs in an old way. They used a 55-year-old, monophonic tape recorder and a single, vintage RCA ribbon microphone to capture the songs, Read More
07/16/2010 - Anthony Kuzminski is an Chicago area-based writer who is special features editor for antiMusic Network. He's written most trenchantly about John Mellencamp many times in the past and, here, offers some wonderful insight on "Save Some Time To Dream," one of the keystone tracks on John's forthcoming No Better Than This album. In fact, it's the very first song on the album. Read More
07/16/2010 - Mr. Dylan is forever on the road and sometimes he catches fire. The kicker here, for 11 shows mostly in the Western U.S., is the addition of Mr. Mellencamp, who's at an interesting juncture in his career. He recently released "On the Rural Route 7609," a four-CD set of his hits, demos and previously unreleased tracks. In August comes "No Better Than This," an album he cut live on tape with T-Bone Burnett in, among other locations, Sun Studios in Memphis and room 414 of the Gunther Hotel in San Antonio, wher Read More
07/16/2010 -'s Ken Leslie blogged about his recent experience working with John on homeless issues. Here are some excerpts:

On Thursday, July 15th we had the privilege to spend part of an afternoon with singer John Mellencamp during his tour stop in Windsor, Canada...

John shot two public service announcements for 1Matters and conducted a half hour interview for Toledo Streets. Read More
07/15/2010 - is giving away a pair of tickets to 4 lucky contest winners to the exclusive ďAmerican Express Presents an Evening with John Mellencamp at the GRAMMY Museum.Ē John will sit down for an intimate conversation and performance the day his new album, No Better Than This is released and you can be there!

Before an intimate audience of 200 in the Museum's Clive Davis Theater, Mellencamp will field questions about his remarkable career, inspiring social activism, and the unique circumstances and locations that provided context for the new album. After the interview, Mellencamp will take questions from the audience and perform a few of his songs in a truly unique setting.

The show will take place at 8:00pm in the GRAMMY Sound Stage, on the second floor of The GRAMMY Museum. Doors open at 7:30pm. The GRAMMY Museum is located at 800 West Olympic Boulevard, Suite A245, Los Angeles, CA 90015. With an entrance off of Figueroa Street, the Museum resides wit Read More
07/14/2010 - Watch for updates about the event and tickets.

Music Legend Sits Down for an Intimate Conversation and Performance
The Day His New Album, No Better Than This, Is Released

LOS ANGELES (July 2010) - On Aug. 17, 2010, The GRAMMY Museum will host legendary heartland singer/songwriter John Mellencamp for an onstage interview and performance the same day his new T-Bone Burnett-produced album, No Better Than This (Rounder Records), is released.

"Without a doubt, John Mellencamp is one of America's greatest storytellers, so The GRAMMY Museum is especially honored to welcome him to our stage," said Executive Director Robert Santelli, who will moderate the evening. "A constant innovator and student of musical legacies before him, we are especially excited to offer fans the chance to hear from him in such a personal and profound way."

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07/13/2010 - The title track from John's forthcoming (in stores Aug. 17) album No Better Than This is the first single from the album.

The song has been sent to multiple radio formats, including AAA, Americana and Non-Commercial, and is currently in rotation on's Adult Rock channel. Find local stations in these formats by clicking HERE.


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07/12/2010 -

John Mellencamp is again joining Bob Dylan and his Band at select stops of Bob Dylan's 2010 Summer Tour visiting the western USA. Here are the dates announced so far that include John on the bill:

08.08.10 Lincoln NE - Haymarket Park
08.11.10 Billings MT - Dehler Park
08.12.10 Casper WY - Mike Lansing Field
08.18.10 Las Vegas NV - Caesars Palace
08.19.10 Ontario CA - Citizens Business Bank Arena
08.27.10 Bend OR - Les Schwab Amphitheatre
08.28.10 Troutdale OR - Edgefield
08.29.10 Troutdale OR - Edgefield
08.31.10 Missoula MT - Ogren Park @ Allegiance Field
09.01.10 Post Falls ID - Greyhound Park
09.03.10 Yakima WA - Yakima County Stadium

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07/11/2010 -

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On The Rural Route 7609 is a four CD set that chronicles, in a most unique way, the arc of John Mellencampís career, with a focus on his songwriting. Universal Music Enterprises has set June 15th as the release date for the collection through its Mercury imprint. The package, unlike typical box sets that tend to slavishly offer a chronological presentation of hits and near-hits, is programmed as if each of the discs were a freestanding album. The 54 tracks included in the collection are presented, in essence, as four albums with songs juxtaposed in a manner that offers the listener the experience of hearing them in a context that sheds new light on the themes and artistry that have made Mellencampís music so c Read More
07/10/2010 - Gloriously packaged within the kind of book that other artists could only dream of (and a lot of publishers would do well to echo), ďOn The Rural Route 7609Ē is the career anthology that Mellencampís fans have been demanding for years. Read More
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