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05/26/2010 - John appears in four one-hour “Farm Aid Presents” specials taped at Farm Aid 2009, airing on The 101 Network on DIRECTV. The specials feature highlights from the day long concert held in October outside of St. Louis, MO.

Each one-hour episode includes a song from John's stellar set.

"Farm Aid Presents Wilco & Friends" will air on:
-6/27 @ 7 am EST
-6/29 @ 5 pm EST
-7/01 @ 7 am EST
-7/03 @ 5 am EST

"Farm Aid Presents Gretchen Wilson & Friends" will air on:
-6/22 @ 3 pm EST
-6/26 @ 12pm EST
-6/28 @ 4 pm EST
-7/03 @ 9 am EST

"Farm Aid Presents Jason Mraz & Friends" will air on:
-6/24 @ 8 am EST - 4 pm EST
-7/04 @ 711 pm EST/PT

"Farm Aid Presents Jamey Johnson & Friends" will air on:
-6/30 @ 3 pm EST
-7/03 @ 4 pm EST

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05/25/2010 - The release of John's box set, On The Rural Route 7609, is a great time to show your support of John and help spread the word of his career and music.

The best way to do that is through direct communication with your friends and family. Facebook, Twitter, Blogs offer a great way to do that.

We have several different ways below you could spread the word of the project: the interactive box set preview. YouTube preview video and promotional banners.

Interactive Box Set Preview

We have created a preview site for the box letting you hear 90 second samples of several tracks and browse 16 pages of the book  Click HERE to check out the box set preview! While viewing, use the tool on the top left to forward it to your friends to check out or post it on your Facebook/Twitter/MySpace pages to help spread the word about John and his music!
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05/24/2010 - A 55-year-old reel-to-reel Ampex tape recorder, a single microphone and three historic recording sites were John Mellencamp's tools for making his new album, "No Better Than This," which is due out Aug. 17 -- seven weeks after he releases a retrospective box set, "On the Rural Route 7609."

Mellencamp and producer T-Bone Burnett recorded the 13 mono, unoverdubbed tracks for "No Better Than This" during the summer of 2009, while the Indiana Rock and Roll Hall of Famer was on the road with Bob Dylan and Willie Nelson. Using members of Mellencamp's band and guests like guitarist Marc Ribot and former Johnny Cash upright bassist Dave Roe, they set up shop at Sun Studios in Memphis, Room 414 of the Gunter Hotel in San Antonio -- where Robert Johnson made his first recordings in November of 1936 -- and in the First African Baptist Church in Savannah, Ga., the inaugural black church in America and a stop on the underground railroad during the Civil War. Read More
05/24/2010 - MusicWorthBuying' Robert and TJR discuss John's new release On The Rural Route 7609 on their latest YouTube music review. Click HERE to view the music review video. Read More
05/20/2010 -

His holiness the Dalai Lama embraces John after his performance of "Save Some Time To Dream" in Bloomington on May 13th, 2010. Photo by Kessara Dhana

John's solo acoustic performance of "Save Some Time To Dream" last Thursday at a small luncheon gathering at the Tibetan Cultural Center in Bloomington prompted the Dalai Lama to reference the song's lyrics in his informal remarks prior to taking questions from the invited attendees.

First Elaine, who accompanied the spiritual leader from the airport and is a staunch supporter of the center, thanked him for his visit to Indiana and "all his words of inspiration." She then introduced her husband simply as "a recording artist" who would sing a song in his honor.

"Save Some Time To Dream," of course, is a key cut on John's forthco Read More
05/20/2010 - The first review of On the Rural Route 7609 is out and it's a doozy. No Depression blogger Adam Sheets, an admitted "Mellen-maniac," takes the comprehensive cut-by-cut approach in relating the four-disc box set's entire contents.

"I have previously written on this site about John Mellencamp and his place in the Americana community and with On the Rural Route 7609, a box set which will be released on June 15, the music speaks for itself," writes Sheets. "Over the course of the set's four discs, many different sides of Mellencamp and his music are revealed and since the box focuses on album tracks and outtakes as opposed to hits, there are many songs here that will be new to even die-hard fans."

Noting that those desiring pop hits like "Small Town" and "Hurts So Good" "can look elsewhere," the accommodating Read More
05/14/2010 - So maybe you've seen the photo of John and Elaine walking the streets of New York, John with a silver-knobbed walking stick in one hand, in the other a more expected, three inch stick that was burning at one end.

So here's why they were in town:

He and Elaine greeted a dozen or so Rounder Records executives who had bused in from their Boston headquarters to listen to "No Better Than This," which Rounder will release on August 3. They gathered at The Magic Shop, a tiny Soho studio where any number of great records have been cut, mixed and/or restored, including albums by Sam Cooke, Woody Guthrie and the Rolling Stones.

It was John's first album-listening event for label brass in over a decade he said softly at the outset--something, he added not surprisingly, "I don't like to do."

But he bit the bullet--and enthralled his new marketing/promotional team with tales of the album's recording process, prior to leaving them alone to savor it via th Read More
04/25/2010 - John Mellencamp and band will head out on the road this Summer for a few shows in Canada, as part of a short tour, including a visit to Rock Fest 2010 in Cadott, WI on July 17th.

July 13 - Casino Rama, Orillia, ON - Tickets On Sale Now
July 14 - Casino Rama, Orillia, ON - Tickets On Sale Now

July 15 - The Colosseum at Caesars Windsor, Windsor, ON:
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04/25/2010 - John's classic "Pink Houses" is going to be tackled by the cast of Fox's hit comedy-drama series Glee. The song will be featured on the May 11th episode. Glee, a breakout hit of the Spring 2010 TV season, centers around a fictional high school glee club and finds the group tackling popular songs on each week's episode. Songs performed on the show are released on iTunes for purchase. Read More
04/06/2010 - We haven't heard John's four-disc “On The Rural Route 7609” box set (to be released in time for Father’s Day)--at least not the way its 54 tracks have been compiled and sequenced. But we have had a sneak peek at Anthony DeCurtis's cut-by-cut liner notes--and now have a much better understanding of John's concept.

You'll recall how he's previously explained his focus on album material that he feels has been overlooked because of the huge pop hits that tended to dominate those albums--and his decision to arrange the songs as if they comprise four new and distinct albums, rather than in the chronological order of most box set career retrospectives. Well, it all makes more sense now that we've read the notes, in which John tells Grammy-winning Rolling Stone contributor DeCurtis about the varied origins of his songwriting.

For his part, DeCurtis offers thoughtful commentary. As he writes in reference to the first song "Longest Days"--which was inspired b Read More
04/05/2010 - For the second consecutive year, John has been nominated for a CMT Music Award--and again with Little Big Town's Karen Fairchild.

The video for "A Ride Back Home" from Life, Death, Love & Freedom is up for the Collaborative Video of the Year Award. The clip was shot last year at the nondenominational Beck Chapel on the Indiana University campus in Bloomington—where Mike Wanchic was married. A CMT camera crew was present at the shoot and interviewed both John and Karen for a “making of” piece that was shown on the country music video outlet as part of an extensive promotion coinciding with the premiere of the clip on the country video channel last May.

The award will be presented during the ninth annual CMT Music Awards show, to be broadcast live from Nashville's Bridgestone Arena on June 9th at 8 p.m. ET.

The "Ride Back Home" clip is up against “Best Days of Your Life” (starring Kellie Pickler and Taylor Swift), “Heaven” (Jason Read More
03/17/2010 - Tony, our keenly observant web master, recently pointed out how many country singers have covered John’s songs—either in concert or on record.

Sure enough, the list would include Toby Keith, Kenny Chesney, Keith Urban, Trisha Yearwood, and of course, Little Big Town, just to name a few.

And then there’s Travis Tritt, who in 2004 enlisted John to join in on “What Say You.” A bold expression of tolerance of opposing viewpoints--Tritt politically balancing lefty John on the right--the song was a country hit, and a perfect meeting of music styles, if not of the political minds.

“First, I'm a big fan of John's music,” Tritt told USA Today at the time. “I also respect his integrity, that he does things the way he thinks they should be done, which is the way I run my career. And I thought our voices would work well together.”

Younger country act Little Big Town, which has recorded and performed live with John, obviously feels the same. Toby Keith, the latest in the line Read More
03/16/2010 - SOMERVILLE, Mass. “Farm Aid 25: Growing Hope for America” is the theme of the quarter-century anniversary of Farm Aid, the nonprofit organization led by board members Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp and Dave Matthews. Farm Aid’s mission is to keep family farmers on the land and to create a family farm-centered food system in America.

Farm Aid representatives say planning for the 25th anniversary concert and the events leading up to it is in the works. Concert events will celebrate the contribution the organization has made to supporting family farmers and showcase the positive, sustainable future that family farmers are growing through their hard work every day. All across the country, family farmers are rebuilding local and regional food systems and re-energizing the economy.

“In 1985, we started out to save the family farmer. Now it looks like the family farmer is going to save us,” said Farm Aid president Willie Nelson. “As our nation continues to end Read More
03/08/2010 - On Tuesday, March 9th, the “Double Indemnity episode of the hit CBS TV series “NCIS” featured John’s “Someday The Rains My Fall.”

The tune was recorded in San Antonio during last year’s sessions for John’s forthcoming “No Better Than This” album. It 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
02/26/2010 - By Adam Sheets - Sometime in the next week as part of my job, I will be writing a newspaper review of the new Johnny Cash album. However, I will probably not post it here because it will probably not live up to the high standards of this site. To be honest, I'm not really looking forward to it.

"What?," you ask, "You're not looking forward to new Johnny Cash?!" Of course I am looking forward to the music itself; in fact, I can hardly wait until tomorrow for the release, but what I am not looking forward to is writing a review whose intended audience is people who did not know Johnny Cash ever existed until after he was dead.

That is why I am thankful for No Depression and the great work done by all of you here. You guys actually care about quality music and a good blog post or video on this site can brighten up a bad day. I'm hoping the following can maybe do the same for one of you.

Prior to my discovery of more “underground” America Read More
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