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09/22/2014 - This Saturday night, Sept. 27 at 9 PM ET, AXS TV will present an intimate live performance by John Mellencamp. The Voice of the Heartland will feature a mix of songs from his newly released album, Plain Spoken and classic songs. The one-hour event titled “iHeartRadio Icons Live: John Mellencamp,” will be broadcast live from his recording studio outside of Bloomington, Indiana.  It also comes on the heels of his performance earlier this month at Farm Aid 2014, another AXS TV broadcast production, where he performed songs from Plain Spoken and several of his classic hits in the much lauded set.

The special will be repeated on Saturday at 11 PM ET. Find your channel HERE and click HERE to learn more about the special. After the jump we have the full press release. Read More
09/19/2014 - USA Today is hosting an online album premiere for the entire Plain Spoken album! There is an interview that accompanies the preview between John and USA Today writer Elysa Gardner. The album premiere will be available now through Monday night at 9 PM ET. Listen HERE and then post your thoughts about the record (including what your favorite track is) in the comments of the USA Today article, in the Mellencamp.com Community thread and on John's Facebook under THIS post. Read More
09/19/2014 - The rock icon talks with Esquire's Dan Hyman about his decades-long career, not giving a shit, the dangers of the Internet, and his grandfather's advice. Read this compelling interview after the jump. Here are some excerpts " I have a bunch of information in my head that I'm not afraid to put in song or onto a canvas..."

"What I'm drawing from now and what I was drawing from as a kid are totally two different things. Because what kind of person's interests stay the same their entire life?..." Read More
09/19/2014 - USA Today's Elysa Gardner spoke with John about his new album. Read the complete piece after the jump. Here is an excerpt: "I didn't sit down and decide I was going to make an album about certain topics," says Mellencamp, 62, of the release, out Tuesday. "My mind is just open to ideas. I don't understand when people talk about having writer's block. I think, you're thinking too much! Just let it come to you." Read More
09/18/2014 - Read Melissa Locker's interview with John about his new album Plain Spoken, his career, The Bachelor, and why rock has been dead for a long time after the jump. Read More
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09/09/2014 - Three weeks after John Mellencamp released the first single from his upcoming album, the singer-songwriter has just unveiled another track. The song, ‘Sometimes There’s God,’ premiered at Parade.

Like ‘Troubled Man,’ the new cut is a roots-pulling number that reaches back to Mellencamp’s most fertile period in the mid-’80s, when he was making classic records like ‘Scarecrow’ and ‘The Lonesome Jubilee.’ Read More
09/09/2014 - Myplaydirect.com is offering an exclusive John Mellencamp Ultimate Signed Bundle that includes a Plain Spoken Vinyl, a John Mellencamp Crosley Record Player, and a SIGNED Plain Spoken Lyric Packet (limited to 300).

INTERNATIONAL NOTE: MyPlayDirect.com is taking orders from buyers outside of North America for Plain Spoken and the Ultimate Signed Bundle!

Ultimate Plain Spoken Bundle


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09/08/2014 - Four years after his last record, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer John Mellencamp is back with more stirring songs about American life in his newest album, Plain Spoken.

You can listen to the record’s second track, “Sometimes There’s God,” exclusively on Parade.com

The melancholy song about struggling with religion joins nine other thoughtfully crafted, rustic tracks on Plain Spoken, Mellencamp’s 22nd full-length studio album that comes almost 40 years after his first album’s release.

"Sometimes There's God"


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08/27/2014 - John's 22nd full-length album and first release for Republic Records Plain Spoken is now available for pre-order on Amazon, iTunes , BestBuy, Walmart and Google Play. Myplaydirect.com  is offering an exclusive John Mellencamp Ultimate Signed Bundle that includes a Plain Spoken Vinyl, a John Mellencamp Crosley Record Player, and a SIGNED Plain Spoken Lyric Packet (limited to 300).and a instant MP3 download of "Troubled Man." with any pre-order. Plain Spoken is available in a 10-track edition on CD, vinyl, and digital download. Read the Press Release HERE

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08/19/2014 - "Troubled Man," the lead track off of John's album Plain Spoken, is now available for digital single purchase at all major music download sites, including iTunes, AmazonMP3, Google Play Music, Spotify, Rhapsody and many others. "Troubled Man" has been released to radio as the first single from the album. After the jump is a larger version of the single cover, which features an original painting by John Mellencamp.

Artwork for "Troubled Man" Single

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08/18/2014 - John will return from a four-year recording hiatus on September 23rd with Plain Spoken, his first album under a groundbreaking "lifetime contract" with Republic Records. Listen to an exclusive stream of its lead single, the acoustic guitar-driven "Troubled Man" on RollingStone.com Read More
08/07/2014 - Republic Records announced an unprecedented "lifetime" recording contract with John Mellencamp. “The Voice of the Heartland” has touched the hearts and souls of music listeners and influenced American culture with enduring songs. He will release his 22nd full-length album this fall, Plain Spoken, a stunningly elegant and soul-searching gem.

Republic Records co-founder and chief executive Monte Lipman commented, “Not only has he served as an ambassador of social consciousness in America, but he has also provided the soundtrack of a generation. We’re thrilled to be working with John Mellencamp as part of this historic deal.”

View a larger photo of the album cover and read the complete press release after the jump. Read More
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