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03/12/2012 - Read Jennifer Chancellor's complete Woody Guthrie Centennial Concert show review after the jump. Here are some excerpts: "John Mellencamp won hearts with his song, rolling-beat version of "This Train in Bound for Glory," voice rough-hewn and sentiment tried-and-true..."

"I Think we all know the words to this one," Mellencamp said as he chugged into a popular favorite, "Do-Re-Mi." Next, he said, "I flat-out stole this song from Woody," before he launch into his hit "Pink Houses" that had fans on their feet, dancing and singing every single world in unison. ... And another standing, screaming ovation..."

"Mellencamp returned to perform his favorite tune with Arlo Guthrie, "Oklahoma Hills" to stomping feet and staccato hand claps..." Read More
03/02/2012 - Read Jennifer Chancellor's complete article about John's involvement in the The Woody Guthrie Centennial Celebration Concert. In the article John talks about the influence Woody has had on his music and artistry. Here are some excerpts: "There is perhaps one thing that has inspired Mellencamp the most, he said..."

"Just being able to stand up for himself and be counted as an individual. Plus, he also lived outside of the music business..."

"In a time before major record label deals, arena tours and million-dollar contracts, Guthrie was out in the cotton fields playing to migrant workers. He wrote and performed because he felt compelled to, Mellencamp said..."

""You, know, I've always been an outsider, too..." Read More
 
   

 

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