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08/29/2010 - Jeff Vrabel, editor in chief of Hilton Head Monthly and a verteran music writer whose work has appeared in Paste,, Billboard, Playboy, No Depression, the Chicago Sun-Times and other outlets, connects the dots in his piece Hilton Head Monthly piece on No Better Than This and John's personal relationship to the greater Savannah area. It's on stands now. Read More
08/26/2010 - Read Kristi York Wooten's on The Huffington Post full Mellencamp feature. Here are some excerpts: "But when Mellencamp set out to realize the musical vision behind this project, you know it had to be because he wanted to, not because he thought some stodgy music critic would froth over it..."

"Not surprisingly the frothing about the August 17-released No Better Than This has begun, and I have to say it's well-deserved..."

"As for the autobiographical elements on his latest album? With Mellencamp, it will never be about who's in his entourage or his bed, but rather what's on his mind and in his heart. He's always going on about something. As you listen to No Better Than This, you know the concepts he spends the most time pondering these days: life, death, love, and freedom, of course -- but he's now added grace, sorrow, memories and dreams, too..." Read More
08/22/2010 - Read Jim Beals' full Mellencamp feature and interview on the making of No Better Than This . Here are some excerpts: "I wasn't in the songwriting mood, but sometimes songs are like monkeys on your back," he said. "Finally I wrote the first song, Save Some Time to Dream. It was simple and to the point and had a beautiful melody. After that, I had to get busy..."

"With these songs, I just let them write themselves. I let the songs present themselves and present themselves in an honest, sincere fashion. So I wanted to record them in an honest fashion, and quickly..." Read More
08/19/2010 - John Mellencamp fittingly commemorated Tuesday's release of his new album No Better Than This with "An Evening With John Mellencamp at the Grammy Museum" Live in Los Angeles. Read's (and sometime blogger) Jim Bessman's of full event report from the show. Read More
08/19/2010 - Read Ken Capobianco's full article on John's Grammy Museum appearance. Here are some excerpts: "Mellencamp was unusually honest about his music and said some provocative things about the future of music, the Internet and his own legacy..."

"Mellencamp came across as the straight talker you’d expect him to be..."

"The evening, clearly, was more than a promotional appearance for a record from an American songwriter at his very best..." Read More
08/19/2010 - Read Phil Gallo of's complete recap of John's performance at the Grammy Museum. Here are some excerpts: "The purpose was to go into places and take it back to where it began. What we were able to do was capture the moment. That's a problem with music today -- there is no moment. Everybody was in the moment.... Sometimes we got it in the first take, sometimes the third or fourth or not at all. It was fun to be a musician..." Read More




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