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11/17/2011 - Read Matt Wild's full show review after the jump. Here are some excerpts from the article. "Every performance was polished to a fine shine, but rarely seemed rote or perfunctory..."

"Still, the night’s main attraction was Mellencamp’s voice, which remains one of the best in rock. Age has only made it a stronger..." Read More
11/16/2011 - Read Kendra Meinert's complete Weidner Center show review after the jump. Here are some excerpts from the article. "the rock legend with the heartland-inspired arena anthems and once-prominent Johnny Cougar roots gave way to a more reflective, stripped-down songwriter in his prime..."

"There was a renewed sense of vigor about him all evening – a man seemingly both conflicted and at peace with where his life has taken him, but with the urgency that there’s still so much more to say..."

"My time has come and gone, it’s as simple that,’’ he sang in “A Ride Back Home.’’ It was perhaps the only untruth of the night from an artist who has endured for three decades by crafting honest songs without apology..." Read More
11/03/2011 - There's a curious lyric on John Mellencamp's latest album, 2010's "No Better Than This." On the lost-love track, "Thinking About You," he opens the song by singing, "It's not my nature to be nostalgic at all."

Mellencamp, not nostalgic? The southern Indiana native built his 35-year career as the patron saint of small towns, America's heartland and a simpler way of life.
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11/17/2010 - Read Rick Mason's preview of the Orpheum Show. Here are some excerpts: "one of the most extraordinary transformations in popular music history..."

"as a perceptive chronicler of human struggles and real life in all those small towns he helped put back on the map. At the same time he established his band as one of the tightest, hardest working ensembles in the biz, and became an outspoken advocate for family farmers..." Read More
 
   

 

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