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09/11/2010 - A fan has posted the audio of John's speech and performance at the Americana Music Awards from Thursday, September 9th, 2010. John was given their Lifetime Achievement Award for Songwriting at their event at Nashville TN's Ryman Auditorium. His friend Rosanne Cash presented him the award and John finished with a solo acoustic performance of "Save Some Time To Dream." After the jump we have a larger version of the YouTube slideshow.

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09/08/2010 - Long time John Mellencamp tour manager Harry Sandler is submitting some visual "iPhone Postcards From The Road" documenting John's summer Bob Dylan tour. Our fourth image is from a band and crew softball game on the day off in Missoula, MT:


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09/06/2010 - Read Gary Graff's of Billboard Magazine full No Better Than This review. Here is an excerpt: "No Better Than This" sounds as good as it reads, with raw, in-your-face sonics that make Mellencamp feel like he's just a few feet away and intimate, thoughtful songs that rank with the best of his mature brand of folk-styled rock..." Read More
09/02/2010 - Ready Joseph Taylor's full No Better Than This review. Here are some excerpts: "John Mellencamp’s new disc takes such an honest stand against the mechanization and digitizing of modern music that it makes recent discs by most other pop musicians sound contrived..."

"In a time of economic difficulty, Mellencamp has reached back to the Great Depression and found the reassurance of tradition and folk wisdom. When I reviewed Life Death Love and Freedom two years ago, I called it a masterpiece. To my surprise and delight, Mellencamp has topped it..." Read More
08/31/2010 - Long time John Mellencamp tour manager Harry Sandler is submitting some visual "iPhone Postcards From The Road" documenting John's summer Bob Dylan tour. Our second image is from Bend OR:


Click HERE for other Postcards.

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08/30/2010 - Read Anthony Kuzminski's of AntiMusic's The Screen Door Blog full No Better Than This review. Here are some excerpts: "John Mellencamp may be at his creative crest over the last few years and No Better Than This is a living example. While Mellencamp may be leaning his sound towards the past, he’s capturing the ache of the world in lyrics that are full of cold fury and pleas for redemption..."

"It’s a rich record, steeped in the folk and blues of our countries past with themes that pinch you in the present..."

"Love, hope, desolation, broken hearts, desperation, consolation and inspiration spew forth in these thirteen songs but beneath them, one line permeates above them all; “A dream might save us all”..." Read More
08/29/2010 - Jeff Vrabel, editor in chief of Hilton Head Monthly and a verteran music writer whose work has appeared in Paste, RollingStone.com, Billboard, Playboy, No Depression, the Chicago Sun-Times and other outlets, connects the dots in his piece Hilton Head Monthly piece on No Better Than This and John's personal relationship to the greater Savannah area. It's on stands now. Read More
08/27/2010 - Read Tom Wilk's 4 out of 5 Stars No Better Than This review. Here is an excerpt: "the album’s 13 songs have an old-time feel with its mix of blues, folk and country but deliver a contemporary message..." Read More
08/26/2010 - John's new album, No Better Than This, is John's 10th top 10 album - it debuts at #10 on next weeks Billboard album chart! On top of its lofty arrival on the album chart, the album is #1 for the fourth week on the Americana Radio chart! Read More
08/26/2010 - Read Kristi York Wooten's on The Huffington Post full Mellencamp feature. Here are some excerpts: "But when Mellencamp set out to realize the musical vision behind this project, you know it had to be because he wanted to, not because he thought some stodgy music critic would froth over it..."

"Not surprisingly the frothing about the August 17-released No Better Than This has begun, and I have to say it's well-deserved..."

"As for the autobiographical elements on his latest album? With Mellencamp, it will never be about who's in his entourage or his bed, but rather what's on his mind and in his heart. He's always going on about something. As you listen to No Better Than This, you know the concepts he spends the most time pondering these days: life, death, love, and freedom, of course -- but he's now added grace, sorrow, memories and dreams, too..." Read More
08/26/2010 - In 2007 John visited a tent city in Toledo, OH raising awareness of the homeless which sparked the founding of 1Matters.org. John has continued his support not only for 1Matters, but all of those who have lost domestic autonomy in our nation.

Recently, John filmed a public service announcement for World Homeless Day and sat down to talk with 1Matters’ Ken Leslie, on behalf of Toledo Streets Newspaper, about homelessness, music, and progress. The interview and more information is available after the jump.

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08/25/2010 - Denise Quan's of CNN recently interviewed John on the rooftop of the Grammy Museum in downtown Los Angeles before his Grammy Museum show about his new project, his political future and his contribution to the world. Read the full feature and interview. Read More
08/25/2010 - Read Andy Gill's of UK's The Independent full review. Here is an excerpt: "the kind of album that reminds you of the power and immediacy that sued to be not just integral to, but the beating heart of popular music." Read More
08/25/2010 - Read Todd Martens' full review of No Better Than This originally from the Los Angeles Times (here via the Lexington Herald Reader). Here are some excerpts: "the backdrop is intimate, relaxed and more than a little quaint..."

"No Better Than This” risks being written off as retro gimmick..."

"Instead, such tracks as “Right Behind Me” go for the throat, with each slow pluck of the guitar haunting the shadows.."

"Mellencamp slips into a rocking chair groove on the lost-lover lament of “Don’t Forget About Me” and concedes that he’s “spotty at best.” Over the course of his 30-plus-year career, sure, but not here..." Read More
08/24/2010 - Read the full article of The United Kingdom's Sunday Times. Here is an excerpt: "Any American artist pondering how to make their next album more authentic might as well give up now: John Mellencamp has already beaten you to it. All of this would be gimmickry if the music wasn't any good. Fortunately, this low-key, eclectic mix of folk, country and rockabilly styles thoroughly deserves the care taken over its creation." Read More
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