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05/02/2017 - John Mellencamp spends an awful lot of time alone, painting. Not long ago, he went 35 days without leaving his Indiana compound, a stretch so lengthy that his 85-year-old dad told him he was worried. But whether he wants them or not, songs still come to him, as his strong, country-inflected new album, Sad Clowns and Hillbillies (made in collaboration with Carlene Carter), makes clear. Read Brian Hiatt's complete interview after the jump. Read More
05/08/2013 - Take an exclusive first listen to "Home Again," a sparse acoustic number tinged with simple percussion and deep, chilling harmonies from Sheryl Crow, Dave Alvin, Phil Alvin and Taj Mahal" track 8 on the Ghost Brothers of Darkland County CD/DVD out June 4th exclusively at Rollingstone.com. Read More
11/13/2012 - Andy Greene of Rolling Stone magazine sat down with John, Stephen King and T Bone Burnett during a recent table reading in New York to discuss the completion and release of the CD/DVD of Ghost Brothers Of Darkland County expected in stores in 2013 In addition to the interview Rollingstone.com is streaming the track "It's Me" off the release sung by Elvis Costello.



Here are some excerpts: "It was Steve's job to tell the story," says Mellencamp. "It was my job to develop the characters through songs. That's different than most musicals..."

"On a creative level we were always in harmony," says King. "We have the same kinds of interests, same background, small town, regular people kind of thing. Also, the more I worked with him the more amazed I was by his level of talent..." Click "Read More" to read the interview, see the track listings and artists on the soundtrack. Read More
10/13/2011 - John and more than 20 other artists share their favorite songs in Rolling Stone's second annual Playlist issue. "Political songs are songs by the people," says Mellencamp. "I think it was Jefferson who said that if the people do not seriously question the government every 20 years, then democracy is no longer working. That's why protest songs exist." Check out John's complete list after the jump. Read More
03/04/2011 - Read Andy Greene's full Radio City Show review after the jump. Here are some excerpts: "For much of the last two decades, Mellencamp concerts have been built around his greatest hits. “I feel like a monkey on a string,” he says. “I’m a music lover, and it just turned into a spectacle. I could have made more money [on this tour] if I waited until the summer and played the hits. I’m just not that interested in that anymore...”

"The two-and-a-half hour set is his longest in years, and it’s not even the whole show:"
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02/05/2011 - During a soundcheck for an appearance on the Late Show with David Letterman in December, John Mellencamp performed "Delia," a ballad originally recorded 71 years ago by Blind Willie McTell. Mellencamp warmed up with it again at a recent taping for A&E's Private Sessions with Lynn Hoffman.

Back in December, in his dressing room on the sixth floor of the Letterman taping, a gravel-voiced Mellencamp sipped from a bottle of chocolate milk and explained why he’s been playing the blues classic. "If you go back and look at American music, like 'Delia' for example, it was all about death, it was all about suffering," Mellencamp tells Rolling Stone. "That's why they call it the blues. In today's world, we've had so many candy-coated songs that have become popular music."

Like much of Mellencamp's recent material, the song takes a close look at mortality, but he doesn't see it as dark. "People say, 'Oh my God! He's talking about dying, Oh my God! He's talking about sorrow,'" he says. "Then it's like people hang this tag on it as dark. The original American songs were always dark. There was probably a couple happy ones I assume, but my research has always led me to these types of songs. And I think these types of songs are more of what we hide from then we want to admit. I don't know what people think. I don't know what they think because I don't read the songs that way. You just saw me play 'Delia.' I mean, did I sing it sad? You know, it's a sad fucking song."
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02/04/2011 - If you're coming to hear the greatest hits, don't even come," John Mellencamp, who kicked off a 33-date run last night in Lowell, Massachusetts, tells Rolling Stone. For his first theater tour since 1997, Mellencamp is playing a two-hour-plus show that includes a solo acoustic miniset and a country-blues combo, before finishing with a full band.

"I have zero interest in walking into an arena and banging out those hits again," he says. "I'm 59 years old. and I look fucking ridiculous." Instead, he’s busting out rarities like 1989's "Jackie Brown" and covering Blind Willie McTell. Even his biggest songs are getting reworked: "Authority Song" got a rockabilly makeover, and "Jack and Diane" has become a country-swing tune.

Instead of bringing along a warm-up band, Mellencamp is screening a documentary, It's About You, shot on the road during his tour with Bob Dylan in 2009. "I like the idea of people walking into the theater and a movie is playing," he says. "It'll be like those old Dick Clark Caravan of Stars revues."

After the jump read Patrick Doyle's full article that includes the set list.
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01/25/2011 - January 20, 2011 Issue - By Patrick Doyle - Wild Nights: “If you’re coming to hear the greatest hits, don’t even come,” says John Mellencamp, who will kick off a 33-date run on February 3rd in Lowell, Massachusetts. For his first theater tour since 1997, Mellencamp is prepping a two-hour-plus show that includes a solo-acoustic miniset and a country-blues combo, before finishing with a full band. “I have zero interest in walking into an arena and banging out those hits again,” he says. “I’m 59 years old, and I look fucking ridiculous.” Instead, he’s busting out rarities like 1989’s “Jackie Brown” and covering Son House. Even his biggest songs are getting reworked: “Authority Song” will get a rockabilly makeover, and “Jack and Diane” has become a country-swing tune.

Big Screen: Instead of bringing along a warm-up band, Mellencamp will be screening a documentary, It's About You, that was shot on the road during his tour with Bob Dylan in 2009. “I like the idea of people walking into the theater and a movie is playing,” he says. “It’ll be like those old Dick Clark Caravan of Stars revues.”

What’s Next: The singer’s decade-in-the-works musical Ghost Brothers of Darkland County – a collaboration with Stephen King – will premier at Atlanta’s Alliance Theatre in 2012. Liv Ullman is set to direct, Meg Ryan may star, and the soundtrack is nearly done. Produced by T Bone Burnett, the LP will include tracks written by Mellencamp and sung by Kris Kristofferson, Elvis Costello and Rosanne Cash. “For Americana music,” says Mellencamp, “it’s about as different as Sgt. Pepper was for rock music.”
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10/21/2010 - The current issue of Rolling Stone magazine features a report from Farm Aid 25 held recently in Milwaukee WI. John is interviewed as part of the report and it includes a photo of John as well. The issue is #1115 dated October 14, 2010 with Keith Richards on the cover. Read More
08/18/2010 - Page 34 of the September 2nd issue of Rolling Stone Magazine includes a full page question and answer session between writer Austin Scaggs and John. It was conducted a few weeks ago while John was in Kansas City for a boxing tourney with his son Hud. The article includes a large picture of John. Check it out in the new issue of Rolling Stone! Read More
06/18/2010 - By David Fricke - On The Rural Route 7609 Review - Handsome four-CD box set spans the Indiana rocker's career, from "Jack and Diane" to Woody Guthrie.

These four CDs come in a hardcover book with the heft and texture of a Dust Bowl-family photo album. The setting suits the purpose. This is a study in storytelling - Mellencamp's drive to probe and capture, with folk grit and a great rock band, the gross injustices and precious victories of American life. The hits come with context: "Jack and Diane" appears with two formative demos. But there is more emphasis on honoring, in songs like "Rural Route" and "Ghost Towns Along the Highway," " the Woody Guthrie ideal": a melody and truth to move the world. Read More
 
   

 

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