08/07/2008 - By Russell Baillie - Saturday August 09, 2008|
Along with American social commentary, John's latest album also ruminates on his
brush with mortality. Photo / AP
American heartland rocker John Mellencamp is heading here for the first time in
30 years during what's shaping up as a late-career renaissance. He talks to
John Mellencamp has been working on a change of job description.
This isn't about amending the moniker of his early years, the "Johnny Cougar"
handle he went out under in the late 70s - that was his then-manager's idea.
Back then he was a twentysomething rock'n'roll freshman, and he carried the
Cougar name until his early 80s commercial breakthrough before he forced the
That's now ancient history to the guy who says he's some 23 albums down the
An earnest but engaging talker, he peppers this phone interview from his home
(60 acres in the rolling hills of Bloomington Indiana) with a Read More
08/06/2008 - John Mellencamp: No American Fool (Live In Chicago 7-22-08 Review) |
A John Mellencamp tour in the midst of summer is about as American as apple pie,
cotton candy and hot dogs, yet six-years ago this month, I swore off ever seeing
John Mellencamp again. Moments after he finished “Pink Houses” in Tinley Park
back in 2002; I left for my car saddened as I felt like I had been taken. An
artist I revered so profoundly was full steam ahead on a nostalgia train that
wasn’t stopping for anyone. Nine-months earlier Mellencamp had released the
vastly underappreciated Cuttin’ Heads and the show I saw was performed as if the
album never existed. It was a frustrating moment as I felt that it was pointless
to record albums if one never plans to perform songs from them in concert. How
else does one expect these people to hear them in a day and age where music on
MTV is non-existent and where radio is bound by rules and regulations that will
07/31/2008 - Mellencamp continues to speak for the people|
By Tony Sauro
Record Staff Writer
July 31, 2008 6:00 AM
John Mellencamp makes his ambitions obvious with the title of his new album:
"Life Death Love and Freedom."
It's not as presumptuous as it sounds.
The 56-year-old native of Seymour, Ind., who became a member of the Rock and
Roll Hall of Fame on March 10, continues to voice the hopes, fears and
disappointments of regular folks living regular lives - often in quiet
desperation and emotional isolation - during a distressing time for many
Mellencamp's 20th studio album, it follows up on 2007's self-produced "Freedom's
Road" (without a Chevy truck commercial, that is) with its mostly barebones,
traditionalist sound. There aren't any obvious arena-rock anthems here.
T Bone Burnett, known for his rootsy, organic approach, was a natural choice as
producer - placing Mellencamp's songs in unadorned fr Read More
07/29/2008 - More exciting news on the Farm Aid front this week. Tickets went on sale to the general public on Monday and almost instantly SOLD OUT! Also on Monday Farm Aid announced that they added Kenny Chesney to bill of this year's concert. Be sure to watch the Farm Aid WEBSITE for continued updates. Read More