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03/06/2015 - Read San Antonio's Express News writer and music columnist Hector Saldana's complete review of the first show on the second leg of the tour after the jump. Here are some excerpts: "It's a risk to open with newer, unfamiliar songs – especially for a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame musician with so many hits – but it works because the songs and the band are so good..."

"Plainspoken from start to finish – not a bad way to rock 'n' roll..." Read More
02/16/2015 - Mellencamp kicked off the show with “Lawless Times" off his 2014 album “Plain Spoken,” followed up by another new song, “Troubled Man.” From there it was a 30 year hop back to 1985 for “Minutes to Memories.” On the latter song, Mellencamp seemed to be channeling Tom Waits, singing with a raspy voice that perfectly matched the song’s beaten down lyrics. Read Joe Lawler's of Juice Magazine's complete Civic Center review after the jump. 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
09/23/2014 - At 62, John Mellencamp has spent his nearly 40-year career figuring out exactly where he fits in the American grain, and he’s never inhabited traditional folk and blues-imbued settings as personally as on his 22nd album. Singing with gruff directness, the recent divorcé deals with relationship struggles (the somber “Tears in Vain”), as well as broader societal and moral worry (the hard-driving “Lawless Times”). He recorded the album in Indiana with executive production by T Bone Burnett, who has brought his stripped-down approach to Mellencamp’s recent albums. “I don’t trust myself, I don’t trust you,” he intones darkly. It’s a lonely old night, as he used to sing, and a raw one. Read More
10/15/2013 - Read Mike Leonard's of Bloom Magazine complete review of Ghost Brothers of Darkland County play at IU Auditorium, in Bloomington, IN on opening night. Here are some excerpts: "The cast for Ghost Brothers was outstanding, with all of the characters singing exceptionally well and acting out their roles as passionately as possible within the construct of the production.."

"The Zydeco Cowboy’s frequent narration was wry and knowing, while his counterpart, The Shape, provided biting, cynical, and sometimes hilariously profane observations..." Read More
10/09/2013 - Read David Lindquist's preview of Ghost Brothers of Darkland Countytour opening tomorrow at IU Auditorium. Here is an excerpt: “This format is kind of perfect for a Steve King book and a John Mellencamp score,” Booth said. “It allows us to fully hit every note of the score with John’s band backing us. It also allows us to sit and listen to Steve’s words and plug our imagination in, rather than having the work done for us by a fully staged production.” Read More
10/07/2013 - Read David Lindquist's complete interview with John discussing the opening of the Ghost Brothers of Darkland County play after the jump. Here are some excerpts: "“In today’s world, things have to fit in a little box,” Mellencamp said. “And if it doesn’t fit in that box, people ask ‘What are they doing?’ You can’t pigeonhole (‘Ghost Brothers’). You just to have to see it. If you like it, great.”

"For me, it’s already a success,” Mellencamp said. “If there’s one friend I’ve made in the entertainment business, it’s Steve King. We have not had a cross word or any major disagreement in 20 years.” Read More
10/07/2013 - Every now and then, an event comes to town, a privilege beyond what we normally see. Such is the case this week, as the IU Auditorium hosts the first stop on the national tour of the new musical, “Ghost Brothers of Darkland County.” Part of this privilege, I suspect, stems from the fact that the music comes from our hometown boy, John Mellencamp, himself, who worked with T Bone Burnett, who produced the soundtrack. Read More
06/05/2013 - Read Jon Pareles of the New York Times complete review after the jump. Here are some excerpts: "Mr. Mellencamp illuminates characters and has them ponder questions of responsibility and truth, heaven and hell..."

"Mr. Mellencamp came up with superb songs for women, who respond with quietly glowing performances..." Read More
06/05/2013 - Read Randy Lewis' of the LA Times Ghost Brothers of Darkland County complete interview after the jump. Here is an excerpt: "They all wanted the happy ending. There's no … happy ending…. In my favorite movies and books and songs, there's no happy endings. Let's face it: Life does not have a happy ending..." Read More
07/31/2012 - Read Jim Harrington's of the Oakland Tribune/Contra Costa Times/San Jose Mercury News complete review of the John Steinbeck Award Show. Here are some excerpts: "Mellencamp continues to be a breath of fresh air in an industry otherwise consumed by political correctness, where watching what you tweet seems at least as important as writing what you know. That factor is one of the main reasons why he's such a deserving recipient of the 2012 John Steinbeck Award..."

"The legacy of Steinbeck colors those songs, as it does so much of Mellencamp's catalog. Now, thanks to the Center for Steinbeck Studies, the two Johns are forever linked..." Read More
07/12/2012 - Read Jenna Conter's complete show review after the jump. Here are some excerpts: "The Dartmouth Sportsplex was rockin’ Monday night and John Mellencamp was the reason why..."

"From the floor, through the stadium, to the standing-room-only crowd that swayed in a circle around the arena, Mellencamp’s lyrics filled the room..." Read More
05/02/2012 - Fearnet.com blogger Bev Vincent recently attending a performance of the Ghost Brothers of Darkland County. Bev, a Stephen King expert, has written a lengthy piece about the project and the many unique characteristics it has. Read the full story after the jump. Read More
04/16/2012 - Read Kenny Norton's complete fan review after the jump. Here is an excerpt: "Slickly polished, Ghost Brothers of Darkland County feels ready for Broadway. Whether or not that is its next stop is unknown, but where ever it goes, it is sure to build on the success it will see in Atlanta..." Read More
01/07/2012 - Read Peter Rainer's complete review after the jump. Here are some excerpts: "Kurt and his son Ian crafted a movie unlike any other in the rock-doc genre..."

"Throughout it all, Markus and his son capture the poetic melancholy of a mostly rural America with an eloquence that recalls the photographs of Robert Frank..." Read More
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