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06/20/2009 - John's new video "A Ride Back Home" is featured as part of CMT's Video Replay series. The piece finds John and his duet partner Karen Fairchild talking about the song and video while it is played on screen. Click HERE to watch the video on or click the play button below.

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06/18/2009 - With one win under our belt from last week's CMT Power Picks on June 8th (John’s video "A Ride Back Home" beat out Alan Jackson's video "Sissy's Song") we have another shot at winning another round!

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Here's your chance to help support John and his new video "A Ride Back Home"! CMT Power Picks puts the hottest videos against each other, and your votes decide which gets played and which goes away. This Monday, June 22nd at 11:00am ET it's John vs Reba McEntire. Contenders are announced online and on-air. As with last week’s win if John wins again this week he will be put up against another contender in the coming weeks.

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06/17/2009 - The John Mellencamp-Kenny Chesney connection continues.

John and Kenny performed together on a September, 2003 episode of the "CMT Crossroads" series, which pairs country artists with artists from other genres. But the country superstar is now closing his current concert tour stops with "Hurt's So Good."

John's smash hit from 1982 caps an encore set of five songs, also including The Eagles' "Take It Easy" and Steve Miller's "The Joker."

But he's not the only country star covering "Hurts So Good." Hit newcomer country group Lady Antebellum is also including it in their set. In fact, they've actually performed the song on the same stage as Chesney during opening sets on his tour.

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06/11/2009 - The Las Vegas, NV (August 12th) show has been canceled due to a scheduling conflict. Tickets can be returned at point of purchase.

A show in Lake Elsinore, CA has been added to The Bob Dylan Show with John and Willie Nelson:

08.12.09 - Lake Elsinore, CA - The Diamond

The presale for Lake Elsinore will begin on Wednesday, June 22nd. Public tickets for this show will go onsale on Friday, June 27th.

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06/11/2009 - Capt. Ken's Music Musings - By Ken Capobianco

Finally, many found John Mellencamp’s last record, “Life Death Love and Freedom” a bit too dark and murky (that was an instance when T-Bone Burnett’s production, like his work with Sam Phillips, was too quirky for pop fans). It was a great record about loss, mortality and the sad inevitability of aging and proved that Mellencamp is one of the more honest and fearless rock writers. Everyone I know said, “Too depressing, when’s the new Tom Petty coming out?”

Well, Mellencamp must have realized that some of his best songs got overlooked so he put out an EP, “Life, Death, LIVE and Freedom,” (Hear Music) featuring eight songs recorded live. And with this, you hear the songs from a different point of view. Mellencamp’s voice is clear and his phrasing is different. The vibe is not of fatigue and despair but of recognizing the song’s dark sentiments and rising above them.

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06/10/2009 - John has written the glowing forward to a forthcoming book about fellow Midwestern rocker and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Bob Seger.

"Travelin' Man," which gets its title from Seger's 1969 breakthrough hit "Ramblin' Gamblin' Man" (he was heading the Bob Seger System then), is a collaboration with photographer Thomas Weschler and Detroit music writer Gary Graff. It details Weschler's long involvement with the Seger organization.

John's forward relates how he was riding around Seymour with his buddies when "Ramblin' Gamblin' Man" came on the car radio. The then 16 year-old was so taken by the record's sound and the singer's voice that he had the driver pull onto the shoulder of the road so they could hear it without static. Thus began John's "long love affair" with Seger's music, which he describes as "thoughtful and bad-ass, all in one measure."

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06/04/2009 - The Sevierville, TN show has been canceled due to a conflict in schedule. All tickets can be returned at point of purchase. Simpsonville, SC show has been added to The Bob Dylan Show with John and Willie Nelson:

07.29.09 - Simpsonville, SC - Heritage Park Amphitheater

The presale for Simpsonville, which will feature reserved seating, will begin on Wednesday, June 10th. Public tickets for this show will go onsale on Friday, June 12th.

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06/02/2009 - The final show has been added to The Bob Dylan Show with John and Willie Nelson:

08.08.09 - Lubbock, TX - Texas Tech Univ. - Jones AT&T Stadium.

The presale for Lubbock, which will feature reserved seating, is now scheduled for June 8th at 10:00AM. Public tickets for the show will go onsale on Saturday, June 13th at 10:00AM.

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06/01/2009 - The last of the four one-hour “Farm Aid Presents…” specials culled from the Farm Aid 2008 live broadcast produced for DIRECTV began airing in April and continued over the last several months.

The high-definition, 5.1 Dolby Digital program is available via DIRECTV “The 101 Network” (Channel 101 on DIRECTV). "Farm Aid Presents...” will be repeated as listed below, it is a four part series.

Specials and their premiere months are:
#1 "Farm Aid Presents Pretenders & Friends" - February 2009 (featuring John's "Troubled Land")
#2 "Farm Aid Presents Jerry Lee Lewis & Friends" - April 2009 (featuring John's "Rain On The Scarecrow")
#3 "Farm Aid Presents Jakob Dylan & Friends" - May 2009 (featuring John's "If I Die Sudden")
# 4"Farm Aid Presents Nation Beat With Willie Nelson & Friends" - June 2009 ( featuring John's "Minutes To Memories")

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06/01/2009 - The production of the "Ghost Brothers of Darkland County" CD/book package is slated to commence on June 15, when producer T Bone Burnett begins laying down the tracks in Los Angeles for the 18 new songs John has written for his musical theater collaboration with Stephen King. King's dialog will later be assembled in John's Belmont Studio.

The cast for the production is still not finalized but will definitely be star-studded. Projected release of the completed project is next January and will be in more than one configuration, with a "deluxe" version to include a book containing the show's full text and song lyrics, a CD featuring the show's dialog and songs, and a second CD with only the songs.

Meanwhile, more information on John's tentatively-titled forthcoming album "No Better Than This" has been made available. Recording will take place during the summer in Savannah, Georgia at the first African-American church in the U.S., as well as at the historic Read More
05/29/2009 - The upcoming 5th installment of the Guitar Hero video game series (due out September 1st) is going to include a well known John Mellencamp track. Stay tuned for details as the release approaches! Click HERE for more information about Guitar Hero 5.
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05/21/2009 -

Volume 13, No.3
By Larry Jaffee
John Mellencamp is one of these artists who have always confounded me. On the one hand, I admired the independence he exhibited early in his career, eschewing the major label’s molded image more than 30 years ago of a teen idol for the MTV video age; I like him for staying true to his small town Indiana roots.

On the other hand, even though he could display an artistic stride, such as on “Pink Houses,” his earnestness became irritating, especially when his hit songs like “Small Town” and “Our Country” started showing up in television commercials or be the chosen campaign song for presidential candidates of both parties.

And I’m a dyed-in-the-wool liberal in agreement with his political leanings, not the least being with his co-founding of Farm Aid. It’s easy to overlook that this guy has rel Read More
05/19/2009 - As has been previously reported, John's forthcoming box set "On The Rural Route 7609" will include versions of some of his classic songs other then the well known ones in general release. At least two of them are particularly innovative takes on the material and are freshly recorded by two iconic individuals who are not generally associated with music recordings.

Dr. Cornel West recites the lyrics to "Jim Crow" which originated as a duet with Joan Baez on 2007's "Freedom Road." The renowned author/lecturer proves an inspired pairing with John's lyric that addresses the tenacity of racism in American culture.

West's 1993 bestseller "Race Matters" established him as one of America's most eloquent voices on the racial divide. In the latest issue of Rolling Stone, he is called "the pre-eminent intellectual of our generation," and in its recent "RS 100: Agents of Change" listing, the magazine called him " Read More
05/19/2009 - Specially priced 8-song live collection also available as ‘Deluxe Tour Pack’ bundled with 2008’s original studio album

Life Death LIVE and Freedom, an 8-song live companion collection featuring many of the key songs from John Mellencamp’s 2008 much-lauded Life Death Love and Freedom, is set for release June 23. The specially-priced offering from Hear Music will be available at all retail and digital outlets. In recognition of Mellencamp’s upcoming tour with Bob Dylan and Willie Nelson, a special “Deluxe Tour Pack” edition that includes both original studio album Life Death Love and Freedom bundled with the new Life Death LIVE and Freedom will also be available on June 23rd, wherever music is sold.

While the Life Death Love and Freedom studio album was in various stages of production under the direction of T Bone Burnett, Mellencamp endeavored to “road test” the album’s songs long before its release. Over the co Read More
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