Alabama Shakes, Sturgill Simpson To Headline Farm Aid

June 20, 2016

Farm Aid is coming to Bristow, Virginia's Jiffy Lube Live on September 17th, with Alabama Shakes, Sturgill Simpson and Jamey Johnson joining Farm Aid board members Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp and Dave Matthews on the bill. ...



See John Mellencamp, Keith Urban's Nostalgic CMA Duet

November 5, 2015

On a night that championed country tradition, one of the most overlooked performances of the 49th annual CMA Awards was John Mellencamp and Keith Urban's Eighties classic rock-inspired duet on "Pink Houses." Urban, who won the Musical Event of the Year...


John Mellencamp to Sing Song About Himself With Keith Urban

October 14, 2015

Continuing to tease viewers with their "One-of-a-Kind Wednesday" reveals, CMA Awards organizers have let another couple of cool cats out of the bag. Country and rock will once again collide on the November 4th broadcast, with a special performance by...


See Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp Resurrect 'Night Life'

September 17, 2015

It takes a rare, special occasion for Willie Nelson to get dressed up in a blazer, but he did just that Wednesday night — counterbalanced by a Willie's Reserve ballcap — in honor of Stephen Colbert's second week as host of The Late Show...


Willie Nelson, Neil Young to Headline Farm Aid 30

July 28, 2015

Farm Aid is coming to Chicago. The annual event, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary, will be held on September 19th at FirstMerit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island near downtown Chicago. In addition to board members Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John...


Mellencamp, Santana Select Their Interviewers on New TV Show

January 8, 2015

This month a new music-themed talk show will debut that flips the script and lets musicians choose their own interviewer. Speakeasy's first class includes Roger Waters, who chose TV journalist Bill Weir; John Mellencamp, who picked Rolling...


15 Best Things We Saw at Farm Aid

September 21, 2015

For 30 years now, family farmers have had some of the biggest names in music in their corner. Yet, as the four most notable board members of Farm Aid — including founding members Willie Nelson, Neil Young and John Mellencamp, as well as Dave Matthews...


Hear Ashley Monroe's Unplugged 'Pink Houses' Cover

August 5, 2015

Ashley Monroe has no shortage of material to pull from these days — she just released her third solo album, The Blade, which made its debut on the country charts in second place. Still, the Pistol Annie loves a good cover tune, as evidenced by this...


8 Most Country Songs on John Mellencamp's Nashville Set List

January 29, 2015

While Jack White was raging across the street at the Bridgestone Arena and duetting with Loretta Lynn, John Mellencamp performed the second of a two-night stand at Nashville's historic Ryman Auditorium, and the through-line between the aging — but...



Watch Will Hoge's One-Take 'Middle of America' Video

November 17, 2014

Will Hoge knows all about the middle of America. A road warrior since the late Nineties, he's crisscrossed the country more times than he can recall, playing everywhere from dive bars to the Grand Ole Opry. On his latest single, "Middle of America," he...


Surprising Moments From Farm Aid 2014

September 15, 2014

Twenty thousand music fans and farmers showed up to the Walnut Creek Ampitheater in Raleigh, North Carolina, on Saturday for Farm Aid 2014, where organizers Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp and Dave Matthews were joined by an eclectic list of...


John Mellencamp Is 'Plain Spoken' on Latest Project

August 15, 2014

It's been more than 30 years since John Mellencamp scored Number One hits with "Hurts So Good" and "Jack & Diane," and broke the Top Five with "Pink Houses" — three raw, rootsy mega-hits that helped define the future sound of Americana...

Album Review

Performs Trouble No More At Town Hall

July 17, 2014

The war in Iraq was just weeks old when John Mellencamp released 2003's Trouble No More, a collection of blues and folk covers that proved the protest song is just about as old as music itself. This excellent live album documents a show from that...

Album Review

Plain Spoken

September 23, 2014

At 62, John Mellencamp has spent his nearly 40-year career figuring out exactly where he fits in the American grain, and he’s never inhabited traditional folk and blues-imbued settings as personally as on his 22nd album. Singing with gruff directness,...

Live Review

Farm Aid 2014's 10 Best Musical Moments

September 15, 2014

It's been 29 years since Bob Dylan's offhanded comments about the plight of the American farmer at Live Aid sparked the inaugural Farm Aid concert, and in that time other music-based charity efforts like Self Aid, NetAid, Band Aid, Hear 'n Aid, Hands...


Exclusive: Hear Will Hoge's New Heartland Anthem

August 7, 2014

"Some people might have an aversion to castanets," deadpans Will Hoge, standing in the vocal booth at RCA's historic Studio A on 17th Avenue in Nashville. He, his band and producer Marshall Altman are beginning work on the follow-up to last year's...


Pete Seeger Duets With Bruce Springsteen

January 28, 2014

Two days before President Obama's first inauguration in January of 2009, John Mellencamp, Garth Brooks, Stevie Wonder, Shakira, U2, Beyonce, Sheryl Crow and many others staged an all-star concert on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. The penultimate performance...



John Mellencamp Has 85 New Songs

December 6, 2013

John Mellencamp has kept a very low profile this year, but he's gearing up for a very big 2014. "I just signed with Universal," he tells Rolling Stone. "So I'm back on a major label. I've got a notebook with 85 new songs that I've written for my next...