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06/07/2013 - Mellencamp’s original rendition of "Do Re Mi" on the wonderful 1988 Guthrie/Leadbelly tribute record “A Vision Shared,” paved the way for Bruce Springsteen’s “Seeger Sessions,” which reflected Bruce’s own love for Guthrie’s musical world.

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05/08/2013 - This new CD / DVD commemorative package featuring a 12-page booklet containing rare photographs and a personal note from Woody's daughter, Nora captures the historic all-star concert staged in his honor last October in Washington, DC. The CD/DVD includes John's three performances: his solo "Do Re Mi," and his joining the entire roster of artists for "This Train Is Bound For Glory" and "This Land Is Your Land." The set will be available June 11, 2013 through Legacy Recordings.

The release coincides with the televised premiere of WOODY GUTHRIE AT 100! LIVE AT THE KENNEDY CENTER which began on June 1st on PBS. Click "read more" for the complete press release, the track listings and a video of all the performers singing "This Land Is Your Land." and an updated PBS schedule Read More
12/31/2009 - Not meaning to slight fellow honorees Robert De Niro, Mel Brooks, Dave Brubeck and Grace Bumbry, but the concluding tribute to Bruce Springsteen at the 32nd annual Kennedy Center, shown last night on CBS, really was the showstopper.

After Jon Stewart’s very funny and personal introduction and a heartfelt homage from paralyzed Vietnam War veteran and Born on the Fourth Of July author Ron Kovic, John Mellencamp commenced a round of Springsteen songs, to be followed by Ben Harper and Jennifer Nettles (“I’m On Fire”), Melissa Etheridge (“Born To Run”), Eddie Vedder (“My City Of Ruins”) and Sting (“The Rising,” backed by a gospel choir).

But where the others delivered comparably standard versions, Mellencamp started “Born In The U.S.A.” as a folk song, backed by his acoustic guitar, minimal electric guitar support from his guitarist Andy York, and subtle tambourine percussion from the house band’s—and Mellencamp’s former longtime drummer--Kenny Aronoff. After slowing it Read More
12/10/2009 - The centerpiece of Sunday night’s Kennedy Center Honors in Washington, D.C. was the musical tribute to honoree Bruce Springsteen, which began with John’s slowed-down version of Springsteen’s anthemic “Born in the U.S.A.”

“We did it as a folk-blues song the first half,” says Andy York, who played electric guitar with the house band. “John played acoustic, and halfway though he did a verse and chorus a cappella--and then counted it off and we finished it the Bruce way with the big hooks. So it ended with the full band playing with [John’s former drummer] Kenny Aronoff in the house band on drums.”

Andy says the performance sounded great.

“Bruce came up to me at the after-party and thanked me and told me to thank John,” he says. “Apparently we made a big splash.”

John had prefaced his performance with a heartfelt recollection of his first exposure to Springsteen’s music.

Recalling how he heard a new artist’s music being played in a store, Springsteen’s future Read More
 
   

 

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