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08/26/2017 - In Highland Park, Illinois at Ravinia Festival, a sold out crowd over 21,000 people awaited the entrance of John Mellencamp. Gospel music emanated out of the speakers soon giving away to the spooky sounds of sensual triumph and social trouble: The blues. In a clear reference to Muddy Waters, Mellencamp’s band, one of the best on the road, launched into the unmistakable riff of “Mannish Boy.” With guitarist Andy York screaming encouragement, similar to Johnny Winter on Muddy’s class recording, Mellencamp began to howl and growl into the microphone, his voice full of gravel and dirt and smoke and soul... Read David Masciotra complete Ravinia Festival show review after the jump. Read More
05/20/2010 - The first review of On the Rural Route 7609 is out and it's a doozy. No Depression blogger Adam Sheets, an admitted "Mellen-maniac," takes the comprehensive cut-by-cut approach in relating the four-disc box set's entire contents.

"I have previously written on this site about John Mellencamp and his place in the Americana community and with On the Rural Route 7609, a box set which will be released on June 15, the music speaks for itself," writes Sheets. "Over the course of the set's four discs, many different sides of Mellencamp and his music are revealed and since the box focuses on album tracks and outtakes as opposed to hits, there are many songs here that will be new to even die-hard fans."

Noting that those desiring pop hits like "Small Town" and "Hurts So Good" "can look elsewhere," the accommodating Read More
 
   

 

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