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 on: July 07, 2020, 01:15:22 am 
Started by SClikes - Last post by SClikes
John is one of my favorite artists, that's why I joined this forum. I want to know about John's work, music  and achievements.

 on: July 06, 2020, 02:46:52 am 
Started by TonyBClubManager - Last post by SClikes
hats off to this music and its lyrics.

 on: June 30, 2020, 06:45:22 am 
Started by Maradona10 - Last post by Maradona10
Kenny recently live-streamed a "Memories of Mellencamp" chat on his YouTube channel.

Fantastic stuff. Heads-up for anybody that missed it:

Personally, I'm hoping for a second part dealing with the Big Daddy, WWW, Human Wheels, Dance Naked, and Mr Happy go Lucky records.

It's a most enjoyable watch, trust me.

 on: May 01, 2020, 09:06:33 am 
Started by shakeyjrc - Last post by shakeyjrc
Looking to purchase a Mellencamp Woody Guthrie award poster that was only available for a short time back when he was awarded the prize. The poster photo has the award in it with a vintage radio, taken at Mellencamp’s art studio, I believe. It was 18x24. Thanks

 on: April 09, 2020, 11:33:15 am 
Started by sharonc - Last post by sharonc
Don’t remember the supergroup the Buzzin’ Cousins? You’re not alone. Despite featuring five architects of Americana music, the collaboration remains a blind spot for most music fans, even those who may be hardcore devotees of the artists involved.

And what a group of names they were: John Mellencamp, Dwight Yoakam, Joe Ely, James McMurtry, and John Prine made up the Buzzin’ Cousins, Mellencamp’s lark of an answer to the Travelin’ Wilburys. The band’s blink-and-you’ll-miss-them status was by design, Mellencamp said.

”I wouldn’t expect an album or anything,” he told the Chicago Tribune at the time. ”It really was a one-shot deal.”

In 1992, Mellencamp made his acting and directorial debut in the film Falling From Grace, a drama that cast the Midwestern singer as a country-music star who gets caught up in a Jerry Springer-level of family drama during a trip home to Indiana. Naturally, a film about a singer needed a reputable soundtrack, and Mellencamp and his guitarist Mike Wanchic produced a doozy, pairing two of his own songs with tracks by Nanci Griffith, Dwight Yoakam, and Mellencamp bandmates Larry Crane and Lisa Germano.

For his solo contribution, Prine provided an alternate version of “All the Best,” off 1991’s The Missing Years, with Mellencamp’s group backing him up. It’s an eyebrow-raising update of the original ballad, punctuated by loud electric guitar and Kenny Aronoff’s pounding drums. Prine even had a bit part in the movie itself — catch a glimpse of him in the trailer, greeting Mellencamp’s Bud Parks at the airport.

But it’s the Buzzin’ Cousins entry, written by Mellencamp, that stands as the centerpiece of the Falling From Grace soundtrack. “Sweet Suzanne” is an intoxicating shot of heartland jangle-rock, with all five of the artists — each in their idiosyncratic vocal style — trading lines. Released as a single to country radio, the song ended up nominated for the 1992 CMA Award for Vocal Event of the Year. It lost to Marty Stuart and Travis Tritt’s “This One’s Gonna Hurt You (For a Long, Long Time).”

McMurtry, who was recording his own album Candyland at the time, recalls “Sweet Suzanne” as a Mellencamp outtake from either The Lonesome Jubilee or Big Daddy sessions. He remembers traveling to Indiana to sing on the track with the group — but thanks to some Prine mischief, that’s about it.

“They put us up at the Best Western in Bloomington, Indiana, which is off the highway that goes to John’s studio,” McMurtry tells Rolling Stone in an email. “Not long after I checked in, there was a knock on my door. I opened the door and there was John Prine and Joe Ely. Prine had a half-empty pint bottle of vodka in his hand and a big grin on his face. I don’t remember what happened after that.”

Prine died Tuesday in Nashville due to complications related to COVID-19. Mellencamp likened the loss of his Buzzin’ Cousins collaborator and costar to “losing Moses.” “He stood on top of the hill and he gave us words of wisdom and truth,” Mellencamp said on social media. “John Prine’s name is written in the stars.”

 on: April 08, 2020, 01:15:20 pm 
Started by sharonc - Last post by sharonc
Losing John Prine is like losing Moses. He stood on top of the hill and he gave us words of
wisdom and truth. John Prine and I wrote songs together and made a movie together. We
laughed together, and he spent many a lost weekend at my house. John Prine’s name is written
in the stars. And we should all be happy that he has left us with such wonderful songs and
records, just like Moses leaving tablets, that remind us what it is to be a good person and a
great songwriter.– John Mellencamp

 on: April 01, 2020, 08:57:10 am 
Started by TonyBClubManager - Last post by TonyBClubManager
John's longtime drummer Dane Clark reached out to me to help spread the word about his new song and project, check it out!

This is the first video/single from "Dane Clark and Jason Sturgeon with the Basement Boys".
We plan on dropping a new song/video as often as possible until this crisis is over. This has given all of us a chance to forget about the pandemic for a while and do what we do best, which is write songs and make records. We encourage everyone to stay positive in these troubling times.
Dane Clark
Jason Sturgeon
Scott Kemper
Troye Kinnett
Randy Melson
Erik Scull

 on: March 31, 2020, 11:03:59 am 
Started by dcarroll - Last post by dcarroll
John Mellencamp went to school at Vincennes University in the 1970s and lived there for about five years. I saw his local rock group, Trash, several times since my friends Mike Boyer and Jimmy Daniel both played in it. I'm looking for any Vincennes memories of John Mellencamp when he lived in Vincennes. Thanks.

 on: March 29, 2020, 11:24:54 am 
Started by kicker - Last post by Aeroplane2
I agree with everything that everyone is saying here,  ROCK ON JOHN!  I can't add better to everyone's comments here.   

I would  like to ask though, anyone out here have any idea whether there will be a genre change in this new material and is anyone collaborating with John on this new music?

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