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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 “American Express Presents an Evening with John Mellencamp at the GRAMMY Museum.” 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 Mellencamp’s 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 Mellencamp’s 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), “On The Rural Route 7609” is the career anthology that Mellencamp’s fans have been demanding for years. Read More
07/10/2010 - Here is an excerpt from Blurt Magazine On The Rural Route 7609 review by Lee Zimmerman:

"To his credit, he maintained his proficiency for stacking up the hits along the way -- good, sturdy songs that paid homage to the heartland and garnered him a loyal following that extended well beyond its bounds. Today, he's granted the same gravitas and import of purpose bestowed on Springsteen, Neil Young, Willie Nelson and other seasoned singers and songwriters who have been the voice of the Everyman, the disheartened and ignored. Like a modern day Woody Guthrie, he sings of simple truths from an unflinchingly blue-collar point of view..."

"On the Rural Route 7609 further defines its subject, not simply as a steady pop purveyor, but more importantly, as a weathered, old school troubadour, i.e., a populist rocker and a traveling preacher of sorts who rallies the masses by offering to sanctify their souls. It's not an actual anthology per se - no weight is given to chronological mile Read More
07/03/2010 - And if you think that the new John Mellencamp single "No Better Than This" (****) sounds like early Johnny Cash mixed with a little Elvis Presley, it's no coincidence. Read More
07/03/2010 - Here is an excerpt from Billboard Magazine On The Rural Route 7609 review by Gary Graff: Read More
07/03/2010 - John Mellencamp took his sweet time putting together a retrospective of his career. And thankfully, he chose not to slap together a collection of greatest hits with a few outtakes and “bonus tracks.” Read More
07/03/2010 - John's “Someday The Rains My Fall,” airs on the Tuesday, July 6th as part of an episode of the hit CBS TV series "NCIS". The episode, titled "Double Indemnity," premiered on March 9th.

The tune was recorded in San Antonio during last year’s sessions for John’s August 17th release “No Better Than This” album. The song was released last November on “NCIS: The Official TV Soundtrackl—Vol. 2.”

Previously, “Troubled Land,” one of the key tracks from “Life Death Love & Freedom,” appeared on the first “NCIS” volume. Read More
07/03/2010 - By Martin Bandyke

And if you think that the new John Mellencamp single "No Better Than This" (****) sounds like early Johnny Cash mixed with a little Elvis Presley, it's no coincidence. The title track from Mellencamp's forthcoming album on Rounder, this one was recorded in Memphis at the historic Sun Studio, the very same place where the King and the Man in Black recorded their first songs in the mid-'50s. A blistering workout done boom-chicka-boom style and featuring Marc Ribot and album producer T-Bone Burnett on guitars, "No Better Than This" was captured in glorious mono on vintage equipment with no overdubs.

This song is a tantalizing appetizer for Mellencamp's new full-length album, out Aug. 17. Read More
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