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09/25/2015 - Read Tom Duffy's complete 10 takeaways from Farm Aid 30, which drew an estimated 26,000 fans to the FirstMerit Bank Pavilion at Chicago’s Northerly Island article after the jump. Number 8. Mellencamp offered the most hit-laden set of the day with direct relevance to Farm Aid’s cause. Top 10 Hot 100 tracks like “Small Town” and “Rain on the Scarecrow” sounded as great as in 1985, the year Farm Aid began. As with all the artists, but particularly striking for Mellencamp, stark, beautiful and massive photos of America’s farms were projected behind his band -- the work of photographers Patty O'Brien, Audra Mulkern, Sandi Whitmore, Rod Gerst and David Sowa and the lighting/projection team led by Jason Robinson. Read More
04/26/2015 - Read Frank Scheck's of The Hollywood Reporter complete Apollo Theater review after the jump. Here are some excerpts: "He still displays a tremendous joy in performing, as evidenced by his superb show at New York's Apollo Theatre..."

"Mellencamp delivered a perfectly paced show that had the audience on its feet..." Read More
09/05/2014 - Rugged, rural and packed with an aging rocker's gimmick-free reflections on life and hope Plain Spoken is the first album in Mellencamp's "lifetime contract" with Republic. The stark, soul- baring lead single, "Troubled Man" like the rest of the album, follows the acoustic path of Mellencamp's last two project's 2010's No Better Than This and 2008's Life, Death Love and Freedom. Read More
10/04/2013 - Read Billboard Magazine's complete review after the jump. Here are some excerpts from John's introduction of Pete Seeger: "Oh, but ain't that America, for you and me!" sang John Mellencamp on "Pink Houses" at Farm Aid 2013.."

"That song," he explained, "was inspired by people who had come before me, that were trying to make a difference with music..."

"I'm so humbled," he continued, "to bring out the guy who really made that song what it is… Ladies and gentlemen, Pete Seeger!" Read More
08/05/2010 - Billboard writer Gray Graff recently spoke with John regarding his fall tour. Here is an excerpt: "John Mellencamp is planning "something I've never done before" to promote his forthcoming 25th album, "No Better Than This..." Read More
07/03/2010 - Here is an excerpt from Billboard Magazine On The Rural Route 7609 review by Gary Graff:

"..this handsomely packaged four-disc, 54-track collection documents the Indiana rocker's career as ambitious songwriter, insightful societal observer, sharp-tonged sociopolitical commentator and, occasionally, raconteur who's done far more
than just R-O-C-K in the USA..."

" allows listeners to appreciate Mellencamp's music in fresh contexts..."

"..a deserving and serious-minded overview for one of American's under-appreciated
titans of song..."

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07/03/2010 - Here is an excerpt from Billboard Magazine On The Rural Route 7609 review by Gary Graff: Read More
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




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