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06/27/2017 - Just as Woody Guthrie and Lead Belly painted pictures of daily life and struggles in their day, perhaps the two best such troubadours of our time are Mellencamp and Willie Nelson. A person would be hard pressed to find finer realistic portrayals of our country and its people today than those being written and performed by Mellencamp. What makes his glimpses into the human condition so convincing, and so accurate is their inherent honesty. His protagonists are instantly recognizable in ourselves.

More than four decades on and Mellencamp is still gifting us illuminating portraits of who we are, how we see ourselves, and how we view the world we live in. His 23rd studio album Sad Clowns & Hillbillies, out on Republic Records, is a scintillating experience. Read Barry Kerzner's complete review after the jump. Read More
06/22/2017 - The Grammy-winning singer-songwriter discusses his career and latest album Sad Clowns & Hillbillies. Watch John's sit down interview with Tavis Smiley HERE Read More
06/17/2017 - Read David Masciotra's indepth interview at John's Belmont Mall studio after the jump. Here are some excerpts: "As night comes to America, I visit John Mellencamp in his Indiana studio, where the art of tragedy and triumph rule..."

“For me, it was the most natural thing in the world. I was singing in bar bands since I was 15, and playing soul music and rock music, but also, around the same time, I started singing folk songs, and with just my guitar I’d play some hotel or lounge. Back then, you could turn on the radio, and on the same station you could hear a rock song, a soul song, a folk song. So, for me it’s all always just been music.” Read More
06/15/2017 - Read Felice Lineberry's complete Marymoor Park review after the jump. Here is an excerpt: "At the end of the show, Mellencamp addressed the crowd about the past. “So there really is no past,” he exclaimed after questioning why we always reminisce about days gone by. “You bring it along with you, it’s part of you. You know it’s just part of our lives...” Read More
06/14/2017 - John Mellencamp has never been known to pull his punches. “I saw through the music business very early, with the ‘Johnny Cougar’ thing,” he says, referring to the cringeworthy stage name given to him by a former manager in the 1970s. “I had the reputation of being very difficult—but I’m not, really. I’m just doing what most guys don’t do, which is stand up for yourself.”

Rather than succumb to the constant chart-driven pressures of the hitmaking machine, Mellencamp did indeed stand up to reclaim his name in the ensuing decade, establishing himself as one of our most poignant observational songwriters in the process. And his skill at depicting the litany of American tomfoolery and social malaise is once again on pointed display in Sad Clowns & Hillbillies. Read Mike Mettler's insightful interview with John after the jump. Read More
06/13/2017 - We will be offering a limited number of tickets, including covered reserved seats, non-roof covered reserved seats and general admission lawn tickets in a free member pre-sale on Thursday, June 15th, beginning at 10 AM ET through Thursday, June 22nd ending at 10 PM, or whenever our allotment runs out - supplies are limited. The pre-sale tickets will be offered through Live Nation using a password posted on the TOUR page for logged in members. Read THIS tutorial to learn how our pre-sale works. Please watch our TOUR page for more details.

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06/08/2017 - Indiana doesn’t have much on California when it comes to celebrity residents.

David Letterman. Larry Bird. The guy who draws Garfield. But few native Hoosiers have done as much to help define how the rest of the country think of Indiana than John Mellencamp. The rocker shot to fame in the 1980s and soon became known as the voice of the heartland. Timeless hits like “Small Town,” “Jack & Diane” and “Pink Houses” cemented his rural roots. Read the complete Ironstone Amphitheare show preview after the jump. Read More
06/07/2017 - For the first time in almost two years, John Mellencamp returned to Denver to perform. AEG Live in Denver presented John Mellencamp and his Sad Clowns & Hillbillies Tour at Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre.

The concert did not disappoint fans of Mellencamp. The artist formerly known as John Cougar entertained the audience with hits such as Jack & Diane (an acoustic version), Paper in Fire, Pink Houses, and Small Town. He also rolled out songs from his new album, Sad Clowns & Hillbillies. Read Mark Smiley's complete review after the jump. Read More
05/31/2017 - The roots rocker, 65, meditates on songwriting, aging, and his good and not-so-good habits. Read Edna Gundersen's complete Q & A style interview on how the rock great reflects on his career, art and relationships and view several new paintings after the jump.

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05/25/2017 - The cover story features John, who discusses his collaboration with Carlene Carter on his newest album Sad Clowns & Hillbillies, the longevity of his multi-decade career, and how, even after all these years, he can’t ignore the siren sound of the muse. The May/June issue of American Songwriter is now available for digital download HERE. Read the entire article after the jump.

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05/22/2017 - To promote his new album Sad Clowns & Hillbillies, John makes an in-studio visit to The Bob and Tom Show, a popular Indiana-based morning radio program on May 5, 2017. During the course of his 90-minute appearance, John talks about a wide range of topics and delivers acoustic versions of "Grandview," "Easy Target" and "Small Town" with accompaniment from his keyboard player Troye Kinnett.

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05/16/2017 - Pick up this week's People Magazine with Goldie Hawn on the cover to read Jeff Nelson's exclusive "Scoop" interview with John on his life as a loner, his time spent in Indiana and his new album Sad Clowns & Hillbillies. Read the full web article after the jump. Read More
05/15/2017 - Farm Aid will debut its first documentary film, “Homeplace Under Fire,” at Duke University’s Griffith Film Theatre on Thursday, May 18th. The film premiere will be hosted by Farm Aid co-founder and board member, John Mellencamp. Following the screening, Farm Aid will convene a panel discussion about the issues raised in the film. Panelists will include John, the film’s director and producers, Farm Aid staff, farm advocates and farmers. To learn more about the documentary visit and to register to attend the event click HERE.

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05/12/2017 - Billboard Magazine's long running "Chart Beat" column (written by Keith Caulfield) reflects on John's long career in celebration of John's 19th Top 40 Album Sad Clowns & Hillbillies: "John Mellencamp featuring Carlene Carter, Sad Clowns & Hillbillies – No. 11 — John Mellencamp notches his 19th top 40-charting album on the Billboard 200 with the arrival of Sad Clowns & Hillbillies. The set, which features Carlene Carter, bows with 35,000 equivalent album units earned (of which nearly all were in traditional album sales). That sum of 35,000 copies sold is Mellencamp’s biggest sales week for any album since 2008, when Life Death Love and Freedom bowed with 56,000 sold."  More of John's chart history is available after the jump. Read More
05/10/2017 - Today, CMT announced nominations for the 2017 CMT Music Awards on Tuesday, May 9th. John is nominated for his "Pink Houses" performance with Darius Rucker on CMT Crossroads in the category CMT Performance of the Year. Voting for the CMT Music Awards is now open at The awards show will be broadcast live from Nashville on June 7 at 8PM ET on CMT. VOTE TODAY! Read More
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