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03/26/2015 - Read Kevin Oliver's complete review of the Columbia, SC show at The Township Auditorium, March 24th after the jump. Here are some excerpts: "John Mellencamp proved he's still not willing to play it safe..."

Mellencamp has been writing darkly cynical, finger-pointing anthems for decades, and their ability to hold up through a changing backdrop of current events says more about America, perhaps, than it does about Mellencamp. The other thing Mellencamp has been good at for a very long time is working roots and acoustic tones into his heartland rock 'n' roll..." Read More
03/18/2015 - With a career spanning four decades, John Mellencamp is to the Midwest what Bruce Springsteen is to New Jersey: A record keeper for its places and people, their private struggles and quiet triumphs. A one-time leaseholder on the mainstream music charts, Mellencamp (who long ago dropped the Cougar) never seemed to care much for the trappings of pop-star fame. With calling-card tunes like “Small Town” and “Pink Houses,” his focus was and continues to be on the writing, going light on metaphor and heavy on specifics, revealing a songwriter who views the American Dream with a clear eye and little patience for ambiguity. Read More
 
   

 

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