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02/18/2015 - Read Andy Argyrakis' complete review of the February 17th show at the Chicago Theatre after the jump. Here are some excerpts: " “If I Die Sudden” that found Mellencamp flexing those creative muscles the furthest as he firmly plucked the six string, dipped deep into a low southern register and practically summoned the ghost of that very Man In Black..."

" the troubadour’s fondness for taking risks, the closing segment was the reward for everyone who supported his 40 million album-selling commercial prime..."

"Mellencamp has always shot straight from the heart..." Read More
02/16/2015 - Read Timothy Finn's Back To Rockville Music Blog after the jump. Here are some excertps: "Give it up for John Mellencamp. Forty-plus years into a career in music, he can still deliver a live show filled with energy and enthusiasm..."

" A solid collection of introspective roots/Americana songs that prove a guy approaching his mid-60s can still put out some of the best music of his career..." Read More
02/12/2015 - I’ve studied the Gospel of John before but always from afar, relying only on what I heard remotely.

Finally I had the opportunity to study it in person, to see and hear up close and confirm the messages I’d received previously.

In a way, you could call my trip to study the Gospel of John a pilgrimage. It was something I needed to do at least once in my lifetime.

I finally did Feb. 4, when I traveled to Bloomington. Read Kirk Johannesen complete "Rock & Roll Sermon" after the jump. Read More
02/11/2015 - For the past 35 years, guitarist Mike Wanchic has stood right behind John Mellencamp’s side on stage and in the studio. AXS recently sat down with the veteran musician to speak about the bond with his world famous boss, insight into their musical process and a glimpse inside Mellencamp’s 23rd studio release, Plain Spoken. Read the complete article after the jump. Read More
02/10/2015 - Read Kendra Meinert's of the Press Gazette complete review after the jump. Here are some excerpts: "Like a well-worn leather jacket from those days outside the Cherry Bomb, Mellencamp's music felt as timeless as it did nostalgic..."

"At 63, there's a grizzled quality to Mellencamp's vocals that gives added weight to the richness of his words, particularly for an artist who finds himself pondering his own mortality in his music these days..." Read More
02/05/2015 - Read Marcela Creps of the Bloomington Herald Times complete Indiana University Auditorium show review after the jump. Here are some excerpts: "Particularly stunning was his performance of “The Full Catastrophe...”

"Mellencamp proves that some things improve with age..." Read More
02/01/2015 - Read Chuck Yarborough's of The Cleveland Plain Dealer complete review from last's night show at the Connor Theatre in Playhouse Square after the jump. Here are some excerpts: "The show-opening "Lawless Times,'' "Troubled Man'' and especially "The Isolation of Mister'' spotlight a poet who wisely used the years between youth and middle his 60s - Mellencamp is now 63 - to become the absolute master of songwriting..."

" the man's gift not just with a melody, but with lyrics that don't just tell a story; they capture a feeling..." Read More
02/01/2015 - "Mellencamp’s racked dozens of hits over the last three decades (the 2004 two-disc retrospective Words & Music is a perfect gateway for the uninitiated). And starting with late ‘90s fare like Rough Harvest and ‘00s discs Trouble No More and Freedom’s Road, he’s only gotten better at distilling American culture into four-minute, acoustic guitar-driven masterpieces. Grizzled yet grungy, the sexagenarian Mellencamp is a little Woody Guthrie, a pinch of Pete Seeger, and a bit of Bob Dylan rolled into one ferocious firecracker..." Read the 5 Star review of John's Playhouse Square show on January 31st in Cleveland, Ohio after the jump. Read More
01/25/2015 - Read Brian Wagner's from Out Of The Blue Publications show review at the Aronoff Center for the Arts in Cincinnati, OH after the jump. Here are some excerpts: "His songs bring back an innocence and introspection that made the crowd all feel 20 years younger.

As Mellencamp walked off stage to thunderous applause, it was obvious he had made us all feel like we were young again sharing his songs with each other..." Read More
01/24/2015 - Jeffrey Lee Puckett of The Courier Journal reviews John's sold out second show on the 2015 Plain Spoken Tour at the Louisville Palace. Here is an excerpt: "Launching into “Small Town,” and it was all over at that moment: The room was his, we were a family of fans, a collection of lawless women and troubled men celebrating a moment when everything felt pretty great despite the long odds..." Read the complete review after the jump. Read More
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