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Title: Plain Spoken to be Released Tues. Sept 23rd!
Post by: TonyBClubManager on August 14, 2014, 02:59:44 pm
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John Mellencamp will release one of the most distinguished records of his career, Plain Spoken, on Tuesday, September 23, 2014, followed by an 80 city North American Tour starting in January.
Artwork for "Troubled Man" Single
This is his 22nd full-length album and first release for Republic Records. Plain Spoken includes ten stunningly elegant and soul-searching Americana gems from “The Voice of the Heartland”, John Mellencamp, while celebrating his skill not just as a song craftsman but as a world-class entertainer. On its release in September, Plain Spoken will be available in a 10-track edition on CD, vinyl and download. Lead track, "Troubled Man" is available on iTunes Tuesday, August 19 and impacts radio on September 8.
Plain Spoken commences on the acoustic guitar hum of “Troubled Man” as Mellencamp carries a pensive and poetic chorus. Organ and harmonica punctuate “The Isolation of Mister” with a sense of vibrancy, while “Tears In Vain” features a twanging guitar solo and the singer’s unmistakable delivery. The haunting and heartbreaking beauty of “Blue Charlotte” lingers with emotion. There is “The Courtesy of Kings”, which is driven by banjo and Mellencamp’s poignant lyrics and the bluesy swing of the album’s conclusion “Lawless Times” where his cinematic lyrics bristle with energy matched only by the six-string screech. Plain Spoken is set to be hailed as an unparalleled new chapter in Mellencamp’s distinctive songbook.
Plain Spoken is the first album from the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer since 2010’s critically acclaimed, No Better Than This — which landed in the Top 10 of Billboard’s Top 200 during release week and garnered the honor of becoming one of Rolling Stone’s “Best Albums of 2010”. Grammy winning musician John Mellencamp has touched the heart and souls of music listeners and influenced American Culture with enduring songs, he is also one of the most successful live concert performers in the world. A man with a conscience, he used his visibility and influence to advocate an issue that hit close to home and became one of the founding members of Farm Aid, an organization that began in 1985 to raise awareness about the loss of family farm. The Farm Aid concerts have raised over $45 million to promote a resilient family farm system of agriculture.
In 2014, he also signed an historic "lifetime recording contract" with Republic Records for the release of Plain Spoken and all of his albums to follow. Universal Music Enterprises continues to represent the artist's prominent catalog as well. Mercury/UME recently released his latest live album. John Mellencamp Sings Trouble No More Live at Town Hall, this past summer.
Plain Spoken, once again, is John Mellencamp speaking right from the heart and to the world.

1. Troubled Man
2. Sometimes There’s God
3. The Isolation of Mister
4. The Company of Cowards
5. Tears In Vain
6. The Brass Ring 
7. Freedom Of Speech
8. Blue Charlotte
9. The Courtesy of Kings
10. Lawless Times

Watch in the coming weeks for more information about the album, single and 2015 tour! Learn more about Plain Spoken.
We just added brand new 2014 Tour apparel into The Official Online Store!
2014 Tour Date Tee
2014 Tour Date Tee
Features detailed photo of John Mellencamp on guitar. 2014 Summer Tour cities listed on the back. Black. 
Art Matters
Art Matters Tee
Beautiful artwork by John Mellencamp with white stenciled "Art Matters" below design. Black. 
Farmers Tee 2014
Farmers Tee
Scarecrow sitting on top of a large John Mellencamp logo with two hard working farmers below. "Live in Concert 2014" printed along the bottom. Grey.
Thank you for your continued support!!
TonyB & SharonC - The Web Team - [email protected]

Title: Re: Plain Spoken to be Released Tues. Sept 23rd!
Post by: mellenfan on August 14, 2014, 03:07:55 pm
The 80 city tour sounds great to support the new album.  I hope John has received the message that a 13 song 70 minute set is not fair to his talent and deep catalog and certainly not fair to the fans who pay steep prices to see him.  The double ticket price on this last tour just to get a good seat and watch a soundcheck isn't worth it for a short show. 

Title: Re: Plain Spoken to be Released Tues. Sept 23rd!
Post by: Smalltownboy on August 14, 2014, 07:15:10 pm
We're all looking forward to "Plain Spoken".  It sounds like it's going to be a great album.  I hope the tour does bring John to Vancouver, Canada.

Rock 'n' Roll!!!


Title: Re: Plain Spoken to be Released Tues. Sept 23rd!
Post by: turmbird on August 15, 2014, 02:52:01 pm
Very exciting, thanks for this great news! 10 songs, perfect for the vinyl edition.
hopefully a european tour will follow. no matter when, no matter how many songs, no matter what price...