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07/25/2015 - David Lindquist of the Indianapolis Star interviews John where he confirms some exciting news: "Plans to make a duets album with Carter"

"Then it’s off to Australia for more than a dozen shows"

Candid talk is a defining Mellencamp trait, and “Plain Spoken” is the name of the album he released last September. An 80-date tour to promote the album wraps up on Aug. 4 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

The Seymour, Ind., native is performing a wealth of folk and country-blues tunes in a show the 63-year-old characterizes as being “age appropriate.Read the complete article after the jump. Read More
04/02/2015 - In recent days I’ve been asked to give my opinion about what’s been going on in our state. Do I agree or disagree with the Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act? What am I going to say, or do, about it? Am I going to cancel any of my upcoming Indiana shows? As many of the Star’s readers know, I have lived in Indiana since the day I was born, and I know firsthand that our state is populated with a great diversity of people who hold varying religious and political beliefs. The people in our neighborhoods are also racially diverse, live in different types of family units and also span a broad spectrum of sexual and gender identities. Indiana is now, in many ways, the American Melting Pot we all learned about in school. We are more than just tolerant, most of the time. We are welcoming.

So it is with a very heavy heart that I’ve watched the divisiveness that has occurred over our state government's actions. I am not questioning the sincerity of those who believe they have acted in the interests of religious freedom, but I am resolutely stating my opposition to this misnamed and ill-conceived law. It is discriminatory, hurtful, and a stain on Indiana’s national reputation. I understand Governor Pence and the state legislature are working on some changes to the law’s language, and I can only hope that they will do the right thing for the people of our state.

I have thought seriously about canceling my upcoming shows, not wanting the resulting tax revenues from ticket sales, concessions and the like to help fill the same government coffers that would enforce this terrible law. But then I realized that I would be letting our government divide us again, keeping me apart from my most important audience: My Indiana fans who have been there for me from the very beginning. Our evenings together will be about music, and hopefully this situation will be made right by the time I see you in May.

My best to you all,

John Mellencamp
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10/09/2013 - Read David Lindquist's preview of Ghost Brothers of Darkland Countytour opening tomorrow at IU Auditorium. Here is an excerpt: “This format is kind of perfect for a Steve King book and a John Mellencamp score,” Booth said. “It allows us to fully hit every note of the score with John’s band backing us. It also allows us to sit and listen to Steve’s words and plug our imagination in, rather than having the work done for us by a fully staged production.” Read More
10/07/2013 - Read David Lindquist's complete interview with John discussing the opening of the Ghost Brothers of Darkland County play after the jump. Here are some excerpts: "“In today’s world, things have to fit in a little box,” Mellencamp said. “And if it doesn’t fit in that box, people ask ‘What are they doing?’ You can’t pigeonhole (‘Ghost Brothers’). You just to have to see it. If you like it, great.”

"For me, it’s already a success,” Mellencamp said. “If there’s one friend I’ve made in the entertainment business, it’s Steve King. We have not had a cross word or any major disagreement in 20 years.” Read More
01/03/2013 - Indianapolis Star music writer David Lindquist has compiled a list of 25 top Hoosier musicians of all time. His definition of "Hoosier" in this context is someone who help shape the cultural identity of Indiana or someone whose identity was shaped by the state. John, quite predictably, finished in the top tier with such notables as Michael Jackson who is from Gary, Broadway legend Cole Porter, jazz groundbreaker Wes Montgomery and bluegrass pioneer Bill Monroe. Among rockers, John reigns supreme on this list that we thought would be of interest. Click "Read More" for the full article. Read More
11/08/2010 - Long time Indianapolis Star music writer David Lindquist, who has covered John's career since the 1990's, is writing a series of blogs to build up to John's two performances in Indianapolis this week. The first several installments are already posted. Click HERE to read the blogs. Read More
08/16/2010 - Read David Lindquist' of the Indianapolis Star review of No Better Than This. Here is an excerpt: "deftly addresses good times, bad times and the intervening range of hope and despair..." Read More




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