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...


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...


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...



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...



Neil Young and Dave Matthews Triumph at Farm Aid

September 22, 2013

"Friends, I'm 94 and don't have much voice left," said surprise Farm Aid guest Pete Seeger when he took the stage near the end of the annual benefit concert. "Here is a song I think you may know. I think if we sing it together we'll make it a good song."...


Song Premiere: Sheryl Crow, Dave Alvin, Phil Alvin, Taj Mahal Sing 'Home Again'

May 8, 2013

June 4th will see the release of the long-in-the-works Ghost Brothers of Darkland County, the Southern gothic musical borne out of an unlikely collaboration between John Mellencamp and Stephen King. King wrote the play after Mellencamp told him about...


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...

Album Review

True Blood: Music From the HBO Original Series Volume 4

June 17, 2013

Reverence ain't exactly a hallmark of True Blood, the decadently soapy (and raunchy) HBO series. Although this soundtrack shows a certain fealty to familiar names and indie faves – Jenny Lewis duets with Eric Burdon, Bethany Cosentino pogos with...



John Mellencamp's Musical With Stephen King Nearing Completion

November 14, 2012

It's taken 13 years, thousands of hours and countless rewrites, but Stephen King and John Mellencamp's musical Ghost Brothers of Darkland County is beginning to take its final shape. A version of the show ran in Atlanta earlier this year, and a CD/DVD...


Willie Nelson, Neil Young and Kenny Chesney Band Together for Farm Aid

September 23, 2012

Willie Nelson and his Farm Aid cohort drew a crowd of 30,000 to Central Pennsylvania's Hersheypark Stadium on Saturday for the annual concert benefiting family farmers, Harrisburg's Patriot-News reports. This year's Farm Aid, the 27th since Willie Nelson...


Stevie Wonder, Dave Matthews Rally for Obama

November 5, 2012

A high-profile cast of musicians fanned out in support of President Obama at rallies around the country over the weekend as part of a final push in his re-election campaign, according to multiple news reports. John Mellencamp appeared with Obama in Iowa,...


John Mellencamp, 'No One Cares About Me'

June 5, 2012

In 2009, Kurt and Ian Marcus traveled with John Mellencamp on his tour with Bob Dylan and Willie Nelson, documenting the experience and filming Mellencamp as he wrote and recorded his 2010 record No Better Than This. In this clip, taken in July 2009,...