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09/01/2008 - John Mellencamp’s “Life, Death, Love and Freedom” continues to generate media attention, not only for its music but for its innovative technology.

A feature in the Aug. 30 edition of The Los Angeles Times focused on the album’s producer T Bone Burnett’s new “Code” high-resolution audio system—of which “LDL&F” is the first finished product.

“I think pretty much anybody can hear the difference,” Mellencamp told the Times. “"It’s just so much more open. The high end is not so annoying and scratchy.”

He went on to note that Burnett’s process costs no more than any other recording method—the high production cost of attaining such sound quality having been prohibitive in the past. “It should be the standard,” he added. “If a guy is interested in his record sounding like [it] did in the studio where they made it, they should be interested in doing this.”

Turns out that at least one other guy is interested in exactly that: Elvis Costello’s next album, set for release in 20 Read More
09/01/2008 - Sights & Sounds
By Mike Evans
THE GOOD: Recent Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame inductee John Mellencamp isn't growing older "quietly" on his latest effort.

THE BAD: Those looking for radio-friendly, life-affirming ditties and fist-pumping patriotism aren't going to find any of that here.

THE NITTY GRITTY: Life Death Love and Freedom is easily the heaviest record of the singer/songwriter's career. Heavy in that various tracks deal with growing older, becoming lonely and bitter, racial tensions, senseless crimes, and (as a piece of the title suggests) dying. Musically, it's not heavy in the least bit. Produced by T-Bone Burnett, the disc is actually a pretty authentic study in modern folk and alt-country. Drums are sparse. Acoustic instruments are plentiful. And Burnett coats the tunes in echo and analog recording techniques, creating a vibe that's straight out of Memphis circa 1954. Mellencamp's voice is raw and unyielding. Karen Fairchild joins the guy on a handful o Read More
09/01/2008 - INTERVIEW BY NANCY COULTER-PARKER

In the early 1980s, Willie Nelson had the idea to start an organization that would raise awareness about the plight of family farmers in jeopardy of losing their farms due to financial hardship. A friend encouraged Nelson to contact John Mellencamp, whose album Scarecrow — largely about the state of family farming — had just been released. Nelson made the call, and the two forged a partnership. Neil Young joined the duo to organize the first Farm Aid concert in 1985. Dave Matthews joined the board of directors in 2001. In its 23 years, the nonprofit Farm Aid has raised more than $30 million — money that has been used to support family farmers and, more recently, as emergency relief funds for families whose farms were hit by the floods in Iowa last June. Recently, Delicious Living caught up with John Mellencamp, on tour for his new album Life Death Love and Freedom, to talk about his involvement with Farm Aid.

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08/29/2008 -

John & Elaine Mellencamp with Michelle & Barack Obama
4-22-08 Campaign Rally, Roberts Stadium, Evansville, IN
Photo By Brian Bruner for Mellencamp.com


“Pink Houses” proved the perfect entrance song when Sen. Joe Biden came out to accept the Democratic Party’s vice presidential nomination Wednesday night. But it was only the latest instance of a John Mellencamp song being used for campaign purposes.

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08/29/2008 - Music can offer answers along life's twisted path
By Tom Hernandez
August 29, 2008

I was talking to John Mellencamp the other day ....

OK, well, not actually talking to him. Actually he was more talking to me.

OK, well, not actually talking to me. Actually he was more talking about me - or at least about my life - through several songs on his magnificent new CD, "Life, Death, Love and Freedom."

Mellencamp and I have had these kinds of conversations for more than two decades. I heard personal messages in his Midwestern rock back when he was still (unfortunately and amusingly) named Cougar.

Then, the songs were about young life, young love, rebellion and the power of rock 'n' roll. The world of the 20-something from Indiana making music for a world of fans that looked and lived and thought like him.

As he aged, I aged. As he learned about the harder edges of real life, I learned about the harder edges of real life. As Read More
08/28/2008 - Mellencamp Talks Truth From The Heart on New Disc

3.5 out of 4 Stars
Written by MATTHEW LAMBERT - Wednesday, 27 August 2008

With John Mellencamp’s latest release, Life Death Love and Freedom, we are introduced to yet another album reflecting the current state of our country as well as topics dealing with mortality, war, love and freedom. Mellencamp has taken a turn from the pop-like Freedom’s Road (2007) and created an album that often feels gloomy and bleak. The album is dominated by a folk-like sound, Mellencamp’s vocals and the strum of the guitar stand out amongst most of the tracks. Producer T. Bone Burnett provides instrumentation throughout the album, along with Andy York (guitars) Miriam Sturm (fiddle) Troye Kennett (keyboards) Dane Clark (drums) and John Gurnell (bass).

On the opener Longest Days, Mellencamp stars with rather ominous lyrics. “It seems like once upon a time ago/I was where I was supposed to be/My vision was true and my heart Read More
08/25/2008 - Farm Aid today announced that its Sept. 20 New England music festival will be broadcast live on DIRECTV's The 101 Network, which reaches more than 17 million viewers. This broadcast will mark the first time that Farm Aid's annual benefit concert airs live in HD.

The show will broadcast from Farm Aid 2008 Presented by Whole Foods Market and Horizon Organic at the Comcast Center near Boston. The show will feature performances by Farm Aid president and founder Willie Nelson; board members Neil Young, John Mellencamp and Dave Matthews; as well as Kenny Chesney. Coverage on The 101 Network will begin at 4 p.m. and end at 11 p.m.

Farm Aid also announced that The Pretenders, moe., Arlo Guthrie, Jerry Lee Lewis, Nation Beat, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, Jakob Dylan and The Gold Mountain Rebels, Danielle Evin, Jamey Johnson, Jesse Lenat, Will Dailey and One Flew South will join previously announced performers Nelson, Young, Mellencamp, Matthews and Chesney.
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08/25/2008 - If you haven't heard John's new album yet, you can get a taste by downloading two tracks, for free, through a promotion with Vanity Fair. Click HERE to visit their site to download. NO READ MORE LINK. Read More
08/22/2008 - "My Sweet Love" is in video rotation on VH1, CMT and GAC and is eligible for the top video countdown on all of these networks. If you can take a minute every day and show your support of this great Mellencamp song, by simply casting your vote, you can help it climb the charts. Click for links. Read More
08/21/2008 - A multipage interview with John Mellencamp is included in the new issue of Rolling Stone magazine on store shelves now. The piece, titled "John Mellencamp's New Blues," is in issue #1059 dated August 21, 2008 by Brian Hiatt featuring Robert Downey Jr. on the cover. In the piece, John discusses his new record, touring, family life, politics and living in Indiana.

The coughing fit doesn't last long, but it's ferocious: Four sharp hacks, and then John Mellencamp can speak again. "Fuckin' cigarettes," he says, catching his breath. Mellencamp is sitting on a brown leather couch in the rural Indiana studio where he's recorded all of his music since 1985 — including a haunting new album called Life, Death, Love and Freedom that leans hard on the death part. It's disquieting stuff, especially from a guy who suffered a heart attack in 1994 and kept right on smoking. On the ghostly folk song "Don't Need This Body," Mellencamp sings of impending mortality in such stark terms (" Read More

08/17/2008 - Nature & Recreation - Aiding the American Farmer
Farm Aid, the annual concert founded and organized by the recording industry’s top names, helps America’s struggling farm families stay on the land.

By Carol Ekarius

A native son of the Midwest, John Mellencamp was a young man in his early 30s in the summer of 1985, and his album, Scarecrow, was burning up the charts. Its title song, “Rain on the Scarecrow,” was a searing commentary on what he saw happening to farms around his home in Bloomington, Indiana.

This land fed a nation, this land made me proud
And son I’m just sorry, there’s no legacy for you now
Rain on the scarecrow, blood on the plow
Rain on the scarecrow, blood on the plow

As John says, “It isn’t like you had to go looking for a cow, or looking for a cornstalk, they were everywhere. They were right outside the door.” Growing up and as a young man, he knew the people who owned those cows and those cornstalks. They were s Read More
08/11/2008 - By now, John Mellencamp is used to hearing his songs on the Election 2008 soundtrack. McCain, Clinton and Edwards all used his patriotic "Our Country"—the one on the Chevy pickup ads—as whistle-stop walk-on music during the primaries. Clinton, Edwards and Obama also went for the iconic Mellencamp ditty "Small Town." Mike Huckabee tried to sell "R.O.C.K. in the U.S.A." while McCain picked "Pink Houses"—until he heard that Mellencamp is an ardent Democrat. Still, Mellencamp was surprised one day this June when he was watching Clinton on TV as she delivered her campaign farewell speech, which ended with a rocking number called "Thank You." "I thought, 'That's a pretty cool song.' Then I realized it was my song," Mellencamp says. "I called up one of the guys in my band, and I said, 'Did you hear that?' I put it on an album, never played it live and forgot about it."

Mellencamp loved the shout-out—and he's added "Thank You" to his concert set-list. But other Read More
08/08/2008 - Some of the best video clips to watch on the web are featured on John's official YouTube page. Click "Read More" to view some of the best clips. Read More
08/08/2008 - Mellencamp.com is posting fan concert reviews of John’s current tour. Send your review(s)/blogs to help@mellencamp.com with the subject line of Fan Show Review.

July 25 Ford Center - Oklahoma City, OK
The OKC show was great, as was my front row VIP fan club seat! One of my favorites from LDL&F is "If I Die Sudden", and it sounds especially good LIVE! It was great to see Speck join the band for the encore again too. - Jean H.

July 30 Santa Barbara Bowl
- Santa Barbara, CA Barbara County Bowl John Mellencamp rocked the house!! It was the best I have ever seen him!! He was enjoying the crowd, which was of course enjoying him. He played a great mix of old and new, Longest Days, Minutes to Memories and Jack and Diane, to name a few. The crowd willingly and loudly sang chorus for him with R.O.C.K in the U.S.A. - Barry McG.

July 31 Greek Theatre - Los Angeles, CA

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08/08/2008 - Some of the best video clips to watch on the web are featured on John's official YouTube page. Click HERE for a primer featuring the best clips. Read More
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