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11/20/2014 - On November 20th, "Ghost Brothers of Darkland County" came through Portland, ME at Merrill Auditorium. Read Aimsel Ponti's of the Portland Press Herald review after the jump. Here are some excerpts: “Ghost Brothers of Darkland County” is a dark and stormy thriller. Themes of lust, revenge, love and regret run rampant through the musical..."

"The band was sensational and with good reason; they’re all from Mellencamp’s band..." Read More
11/14/2014 - John Mellencamp has been putting stories to music for nearly four decades. In that sense, "Ghost Brothers of Darkland County" is nothing new for the 63-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer.

Nothing new, that is, except that he has a collaborator for one of the few times in his career. And that his collaborator is Stephen King, the most prolific (and successful) horror writer of modern times.

Chris Kaltenbach of the Baltimore Sun caught up with John during a rare 15 minutes of down time at his Indiana home, and he was glad to share his thoughts on collaborating, and writing for the stage for Ghost Brothers of Darkland County Read the complete interview after the jump. Read More
11/11/2014 - One of the things celebrated author Stephen King has come to respect about celebrated songwriter and musician John Mellencamp is his nerve and sheer sense of determination.

Those traits came into play more than a few times as King and Mellencamp embarked on what would become a 13-year partnership in creating the stage musical "Ghost Brothers of Darkland County," described as a southern gothic, supernatural tale of love, lust, jealousy and revenge. Read the complete phone interview with Stephen King after the jump. Read More

10/29/2014 - Stephen King and John Mellencamp were in Orono Tuesday promoting their musical, Ghost Brothers of Darkland County. TV5’s Caitlin Burchill sat down with the two greats to talk about the play, among other things. Watch the video interview HERE on WABI TV. Read the text from the interview after the jump. Read More
10/27/2014 - The full cast has been announced for the 2014 Fall Tour of the southern Gothic, supernatural Musical Ghost Brothers of Darkland County featuring Actor/Writer/Producer Billy Burke (The Twilight Saga) and Actress/Writer/Singer Gina Gershon (Killer Joe, House of Versace, Boeing, Boeing) in the lead roles. Ghost Brothers of Darkland Countywas written by best-selling author Stephen King, with music by Rock and Roll Hall of Famer John Mellencamp, and musical direction by Grammy Award-winning T Bone Burnett. Please note, John does not perform as part of the show.

The tour kicks off right outside Bangor, ME at the Collins Center For The Arts in Orono, ME, on November 8, before travelling through cities such as Toronto, Chicago, New York, and Los Angeles.

For ticketing information, please visit aeglive.com or ghostbrothersofdarklandcounty.com and our Ghost Brothers mini site. Read the complete touring cast press release on Mellencamp.com Read More
10/24/2014 - There hasn't been a "Cougar" in John Mellencamp's name for nearly 25 years, but that doesn't mean his feistiness has gone away.

The Seymour, Ind. born Mellencamp, 63, hates being idle, still smokes cigarettes 20 years after a heart attack and refuses to stop rockin' out for his fans in the Midwest and beyond.

"If I’m not taking any risks, I’m not having any fun," Mellencamp told MLive.com over the phone Wednesday. "Playing it safe is for sissies."

Ghost Brothers of Darkland County the supernatural, gothic production stars Billy Burke and Gina Gershon and will make a Nov. 26 stop at Detroit's Fisher Theater.

Eric Lacy of MLive.com caught up with Mellencamp to get details about his latest project which he created the music and lyrics for his fondest Detroit memories and much, much more. Read the complete interview after the jump. Read More

06/12/2014 - AEG Live announced today the southern gothic, supernatural musical Ghost Brothers of Darkland County will tour across North America this Fall. The tour kicks off right outside Bangor, ME at the Collins Center For The Arts in Orono, ME, on November 8, travelling through cities such as Toronto, Chicago, New York, and Los Angeles before wrapping in San Francisco on December 5. Tickets are on sale now at www.axs.com

NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES
Nov 8 Orono, ME Collins Center For The Arts
Nov 9 Orono, ME Collins Center For The Arts
Nov 11 Toronto, ON Massey Hall
Nov 13 Philadelphia, PA Merriam Theatre
Nov 14 Durham, NC Durham Performing Arts Center
Nov 16 Baltimore, MD The Modell Performing Arts Center at the LYRIC
Nov 18 Red Bank, NJ Count Basie Theatre
Nov 20 Portland, ME Merrill Auditorium
Nov 21 Boston, MA Emerson Colonial Theatre
Nov 22 Providence, RI The VETS
Nov 24 New York, NY Beacon Theatre
Nov 26 Detroit, MI Fisher Theatre
Nov 28 Chicago, IL Broadway in Chicago’s Oriental Theatre
Nov 29 St. Louis, MO Peabody Opera House
Dec 1 Denver, CO Temple Hoyne Buell Theatre
Dec 3 Phoenix, AZ Orpheum Theatre
Dec 4 Los Angeles, CA Saban Theatre
Dec 5 San Francisco, CA SHN Curran Theatre

Please note: Stephen King, John Mellencamp and T Bone Burnett are not part of the stage performance.
Read the complete press release after the jump. Read More
11/01/2013 - There wasn’t a guide to help Stephen King and John Mellencamp write their first musical so, says the latter, “it took us time to figure out what was happening.”

Now, some 15 years later, the two are eager to let others see what they’ve done with “Ghost Brothers of Darkland County,” an eerie musical about two dead brothers and the impact they had on their family. Read More

10/29/2013 - Read Jon Bream's complete phone interview with John after the jump. Here are some excerpts: “ ‘Ghost Brothers’ is under construction,” he said. “Every time we see it, we have the opportunity to change it.."

"Calling himself a minimalist, Mellencamp described “Ghost Brothers” as more like a radio show than a conventional musical..." Read More
10/20/2013 - Read Keiara Carr's complete phone interview with T Bone Burnett after the jump. Here are some excepts: "The challenge is always to find the thread, to find the tone of a piece – to find the thing that makes it all part of a whole...”

"It’s an interesting sonic world because there are different layers, different levels of reality...” Read More
10/18/2013 - Read Stephen Trageser's complete review of the Ryman Auditorium, in Nashville, TN after the jump. Here are some excerpts: "At close to two and a half hours, the stage production of Ghost Brothers is a vast improvement, giving cast and crew room to stretch out and set us straight..."

"The clear presentation, which stops short of giving away too much, surges with electricity thanks to the stellar cast and live music..." Read More
10/18/2013 - Stephen King, John Mellencamp and T Bone Burnett may seem like an unlikely triad of creativity for a musical.

Mellencamp, the heartland roots rocker who gave the world rock hits such as Jack and Diane and Little Pink Houses and Burnett, the Oscar and multiple Grammy award-winning producer extraordinaire, know music. King, master of the macabre, knows words — many spooky, scary words. But a musical stage play? Read More
10/16/2013 - Read Marcela Creps' interview with John, Stephen and Andy York at the Indiana University Auditorium at the premiere of Ghost Brothers Of Darkland County

“Don’t get too close to old people.”

That was the advice John Mellencamp had for television cameramen setting up for interviews as the premiere of “Ghost Brothers of Darkland County” hangs on the horizon. Read More
10/16/2013 - John Mellencamp and Stephen King are two men who've had uncommon success in their careers; Mellencamp as a musician, King as a writer.

Eric Halvorson of WISH TV reports that together, they've displayed uncommon patience in a project that blends their talents. Read More
10/16/2013 - Light fog filled the auditorium last night, adding a vintage look to the classic red space. Indistinct accordion music and a man’s crooning voice completed the atmosphere with a southern flair. Read More
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