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08/16/2010 - Read Jon Pareles' of the New York Times full review of No Better Than This. Here are some excerpts: "The pilgrimages didn’t humble Mr. Mellencamp. They spurred him to compete with history. In Memphis, he went for bass-slapping, reverb-guitar rockabilly. In San Antonio, he sang (as Johnson did) about being pursued by the Devil, with ragtimey guitar plunking and bluesy violin..."

"Yet behind the period arrangements and the antique haze of the production, they’re still Mellencamp songs..." Read More
08/16/2010 - You won't find any pickup-truck anthems here. Mellencamp's 21st disc is a nostalgically rustic set of folk, country and rockabilly gems, recorded on a mono tape deck as musicians gathered around one mic in historic locales like Sun Studios. It doesn't get much simpler than this -- and thanks to the earthy songcraft and T Bone Burnett's unproduction, it doesn't get much better.

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08/16/2010 - Read Sara Rodman's review of No Better Than This. Here are some excerpts: "But backstory is meaningless unless there are songs to back it up, and, like Mellencamp’s other recent releases, “Better’’ more than walks the walk..."

"Mellencamp’s voice is as remarkably gritty as his observations are crystal clear..." Read More
08/16/2010 - Read Brad Wheeler of the Toronto Globe's full review. Here is an excerpt: "You should listen..." Read More
08/16/2010 - 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 first image is from Casper WY:

Postcard From The Road #1
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08/15/2010 - You won't find any pickup-truck anthems here. Mellencamp's 21st disc is a nostalgically rustic set of folk, country and rockabilly gems, recorded on a mono tape deck as musicians gathered around one mic in historic locales like Sun Studios. It doesn't get much simpler than this --and thanks to the earthy songcraft and T Bone Burnett's unproduction, it doesn't get much better.

Download: Right Behind Me, No Better Than This Read More
08/13/2010 - Read The Chicago Tribune full review of No Better Than This by Greg Kot. Here is an excerpt: "Whatever you think of Mellencamp, this is the kind of record that will compel a re-evaluation, an out-of-leftfield shot that mostly works because of its modesty, shagginess and humor..."

"a warm blend of complementary sounds that is a step away from a spontaneous field recording..." Read More
08/13/2010 - John Mellencamp is such an old-timey, small-town kind of guy that he recorded his new album in mono. That's entirely fitting, since quite a few of this baker's dozen of new tunes (produced by T Bone Burnett) sound like lost classics plucked from scratchy old 78 rpm discs. Compelling and heartfelt, No Better Than This feels tantalizingly timeless. Recommended to anyone who's spent the 
 past few years obsessively revisiting Bob Dylan's Love and Theft. Read More
08/13/2010 - Read Metro Canada's News Review of No Better Than This. Here is an excerpt: "a lo-fi triumph of Americana folk rock a la Johnny Cash..." Read More
08/10/2010 - Read The New Yorker Magazine full review of No Better Than This by Ben Greenman. Here is an excerpt: "The album is drenched in historical significance..."

"this wise, charming album is less a stiff historical re-creation than a highly personal testimonial on the order of Bob Dylan’s “Good as I Been to You” or Loudon Wainwright III’s “High Wide & Handsome: The Charlie Poole Project.” In fact, the traditional forms seem to free up Mellencamp’s songwriting..." Read More
08/09/2010 - Read ArkansasOnline.com full review of On the Rural Route 7609 by Ellis Widner. Here is an excerpt:"Mellencamp’s sharp social observations, his heartfelt singing, his willingness to be tough and vulnerable, his plain-spoken style and his populist politics are amply displayed on this ambitious and perception-altering boxed set..." Read More
08/08/2010 - 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.

During a recent concert stop nearby Windsor, ON, John Mellencamp sat down to talk with 1Matters’ Ken Leslie on behalf of Toledo Streets Newspaper to talk about homelessness, music, and progress. Read More
07/30/2010 - John's new album, No Better Than This, was produced, as was the 2008's Life Death Love and Freedom, by Grammy and Academy Award winning producer T Bone Burnett.

His liner notes for No Better Than This would seem to stand on their own as poetry while serving to convey his thoughts about the unique circumstance of the album's recording: Read More
07/10/2010 - Gloriously packaged within the kind of book that other artists could only dream of (and a lot of publishers would do well to echo), “On The Rural Route 7609” is the career anthology that Mellencamp’s fans have been demanding for years. Read More
07/03/2010 - Here is an excerpt from Billboard Magazine On The Rural Route 7609 review by Gary Graff: Read More
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