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06/22/2016 - The Wall Street Journal’s Friday Arena section has a regular feature called Anatomy of a Song, which deconstructs the creation of memorable musical performances, WSJ writer Marc Myers breaks down "Small Town" this week. Originally written by John as a valentine to his hometown of Seymour, Ind., “Small Town” reached No. 6 on Billboard’s pop chart in early ’86 while “Scarecrow” climbed to No. 2 on the album chart.

John looked back on the song’s evolution in a recent interview. :Read the entire article after the jump or on the WSJ Website . Read More
04/07/2012 - Read Kristi York Wooten's blog on Ghost Brothers of Darkland County. Here are some excerpts: "The idea for “Ghost Brothers” began in Mellencamp’s territory of “Small Town” Indiana, where the “Pink Houses” songwriter became intrigued by a mysterious tragedy connected to a property he’d purchased there in the 1990s..."

"Although neither Mellencamp nor “Ghost Brothers” music director T Bone Burnett (“O Brother, Where Art Thou?”) performs in the musical, the rootsy aesthetic they mastered on previous collaborations (2010’s “No Better Than This” and 2008’s “Life, Death, Love, and Freedom”) remains in force..." Read More
07/16/2010 - Mr. Dylan is forever on the road and sometimes he catches fire. The kicker here, for 11 shows mostly in the Western U.S., is the addition of Mr. Mellencamp, who's at an interesting juncture in his career. He recently released "On the Rural Route 7609," a four-CD set of his hits, demos and previously unreleased tracks. In August comes "No Better Than This," an album he cut live on tape with T-Bone Burnett in, among other locations, Sun Studios in Memphis and room 414 of the Gunther Hotel in San Antonio, wher Read More
 
   

 

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