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09/22/2010 - Rosanne was first up, presenting the Lifetime Achievement Award for Songwriting to Mellencamp. “Americana is the box they put you in when you take your art too seriously to fit in any other box,” she said. She described the honoree as “a quintessentially American artist” and as “the pride of Indiana.”

“A songwriter tries to write something that can become part of the fabric of the listener,” Mellencamp said. “This award shows that some people are still listening, and I appreciate that very much.” Performing solo with acoustic guitar, he sang “Save Some Time to Dream” from his new Rounder CD No Better Than This. Copies of the CD were handed out to all attendees upon entering.
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09/22/2010 - Read Janet Goodman's blog review of No Better Than This. Here are some excerpts: "John Mellencamp has released his 26th album, which is arguably one of his most creative efforts to date. No Better Than This, on Rounder Records, peels back his brash, rock and roller veneer to reveal a mature Americana artist with a gritty folk singer core and Dylan/Guthrie honesty,.."

"the graceful evolution of an artist who stays true to himself, never selling out, setting a new artistic standard that makes this feel like an important album..." Read More
09/15/2010 - Read Tim Murrah's No Better Than This review. Here are some excerpts: "This is not a party record. This is a simple record and a truthful record..."

"It’s simplicity is what rings so true. No gimmicks, no digitizing, no drum machines or effects. This is just a man and his music. This has blood and soul. This is what music was, before it was ruined and simply served up as background to marketing..."

"you will not hear another record that sounds like this one this year..."

"Get some wisdom and pointers. Give it a listen..." Read More
09/14/2010 -

9-9-2010, Ryman Auditorium, Nashville TN - Photo by Shelley Mays / The Tennessean

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09/11/2010 - A fan has posted the audio of John's speech and performance at the Americana Music Awards from Thursday, September 9th, 2010. John was given their Lifetime Achievement Award for Songwriting at their event at Nashville TN's Ryman Auditorium. His friend Rosanne Cash presented him the award and John finished with a solo acoustic performance of "Save Some Time To Dream." After the jump we have a larger version of the YouTube slideshow.

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09/10/2010 - Read Andrew Watt's of Australia's full review. Here are some excerpts: "the songs are absolutely authentic and amongst the most legitimate body of work in Mellencamp’s career..."

"These are songs that could have been written any time in the last hundred years and have had equal application to the writers set of circumstances..." Read More
09/10/2010 - Read John Corcelli's full No Better Than This review. Here are some excerpts: "The result is as sublime as anything Burnett has produced and Mellencamp has written..."

"No Better Than This is a welcome addition to the over-produced schlock that's become more popular on the music scene in recent years..."

"these tracks are as intimate and rockin' as anything Mellencamp has ever written..."

"what it lacks in fidelity, it makes up for in clarity of thought and transparency. You can't hide behind over-dubs and digital manipulation like most of today's so-called Pop Stars. Besides being an honest. well-produced record, No Better Than This is a work of deep inspiration..." Read More
09/09/2010 - Read Jeff Wareham of the LA Daily News full No Better Than This review. Here are some excerpts: "he tries to sound as raw and simple as he possibly can - and it works..."

"a fantastic exploration of history..."

"In an era of frequent overproduction on an album, Mellencamp and Burnett under-did it and made it sound cool again..." Read More
09/08/2010 - Pete Cooper has become one of America’s most prominent music journalists, writing for The Tennessean, Esquire, Britannica and No Depression, among others; he's also a songwriter and recording artist in his own right. He's interviewed John several times in the past and did this interview on the eve of John being presented with the Americana Music Association's Lifetime Achievement Award: Read Pete Cooper's full interview: Read More
09/08/2010 - On Thursday, September 9th, John will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Americana Music Association awards at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN. John will be there to receive the award and will also perform acoustically at the beginning of the show.

Several outlets have noted that they will be covering the event and we wanted to provide links for fans to tune into the awards and award coverage... Read More
09/08/2010 - Read Bobby Reed's full No Better Than This review. Here are some excerpts: "As the Indiana tunesmith’s music has moved in a folkier direction, Mellencamp has started to sound even more like his influences..."

"the album’s highlights make it a strong addition to Mellencamp’s oeuvre..." Read More
09/07/2010 - "Award winning music journalist Robert Kinsler and compatriot TJR host an episode of their weekly MusicWorthBuying video blog devoted mostly to No Better Than This...." Read More
09/06/2010 - Read Gary Graff's of Billboard Magazine full No Better Than This review. Here is an excerpt: "No Better Than This" sounds as good as it reads, with raw, in-your-face sonics that make Mellencamp feel like he's just a few feet away and intimate, thoughtful songs that rank with the best of his mature brand of folk-styled rock..." Read More
09/02/2010 - Ready Joseph Taylor's full No Better Than This review. Here are some excerpts: "John Mellencamp’s new disc takes such an honest stand against the mechanization and digitizing of modern music that it makes recent discs by most other pop musicians sound contrived..."

"In a time of economic difficulty, Mellencamp has reached back to the Great Depression and found the reassurance of tradition and folk wisdom. When I reviewed Life Death Love and Freedom two years ago, I called it a masterpiece. To my surprise and delight, Mellencamp has topped it..." Read More
08/31/2010 - Read Bob Gendron's of the Tone Audio Staff full No Better Than This review. Here are some excerpts: "Mellencamp's latest offering, provides ample reason to tune back into an artist that, after two decades of making declarative Heartland rock and pop , is determined to leave his stamp on roots music-record sales be damned. It's a stance that demands respect, a decision grounded in integrity and , as it happens, engaging authenticity..."

"Throughout, the Indiana native strikes a balance between hard luck and righteous perseverance, almost laughing in the face of defeat..."

"he's a turned in his most inspired and finely executed album in an age..." Read More
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