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 on: September 19, 2016, 12:18:54 pm 
Started by Colleenmh - Last post by Colleenmh
Would love to see John Come back to Casino Rama(Orillia Ontario)we saw him there the last time he played there and it was a blast!!!! Love his music... Love the man....... wishing you all the best xox

 on: September 19, 2016, 10:21:59 am 
Started by sharonc - Last post by sharonc
Lawless Times

Small Town

Paper In Fire

Check It Out

Rain On The Scarecrow

Stones In My Passway

Authority Song

 on: September 19, 2016, 09:53:16 am 
Started by sharonc - Last post by sharonc

BY JORDAN RUNTAGH - People Magazine

When John Mellencamp took the stage at the first Farm Aid on Sept. 22, 1985, he had no idea that it would become an annual event. Neither did his fellow founding members, Willie Nelson and Neil Young.

Instead, it was to follow in the mold of Live Aid, the colossal one-off charity concert beamed across the globe just a few months before. Where Live Aid had raised awareness and funds to combat the Ethiopian famine crisis, its rural descendant sought to support family farmers who couldn't compete with massive corporations and subsequently faced bankruptcy.

"We thought we'd do this concert, idealistically believing that it was the right thing to do, and laws would be passed protecting people," Mellencamp, 64, tells PEOPLE exclusively. "We thought that one concert would do it. But then we found out very rapidly that we were entering into an arena that was much more complicated and filled with more political and economical factors than we could have imagined."

It was Nelson, the irrepressible Texas outlaw and country music icon, who originally conceived of the endeavor. He had been watching Live Aid on his tour bus television when Bob Dylan took the stage. "I hope that some of the money … maybe they can just take a little bit of it, one or two million, maybe – and use it, say, to pay the mortgages on some of the farms and, the farmers here, owe to the banks," Dylan mused to the crowd.

The statement enraged festival organizers, but to Nelson it sounded like a good point. If Live Aid wouldn't confront the problems happening on American soil, Nelson resolved to create his own concert. He began reaching out to his network of musician friends for help.

It was during this time that Mellencamp was recording his seminal album, Scarecrow, which perfectly articulated with Nelson's new cause. With "Small Town" he celebrated – and proudly aligned himself with – rural communities, while "You've Got to Stand for Somethin'" kept the street-marching spirit of '60s activism alive. On "Rain on the Scarecrow," the record's emotional centerpiece, Mellencamp addressed the farming crisis directly. "The crops we grew last summer weren't enough to pay the loans," he sang. "Couldn't buy the seed to plant this spring and the Farmers Bank foreclosed."

All told, the album was the perfect soundtrack for the changing face of America in the mid '80s. And it also brought him to Nelson's attention.

"Willie was playing golf in Bloomington, Indiana, which is where I live," Mellencamp remembers. "My friend was playing with him and he mentioned casually that he was thinking about doing this concert after what Bob had said at Live Aid. My friend said, 'Well, John Mellencamp has made a record about this exact topic.' I think that sparked Willie's interest, because there was somebody else already ahead of the curve dealing with the farm crisis."

With Mellencamp and Young signed on as co-founding organizers, the festival came together at lightening speed.

"I think my first conversation with Willie lasted maybe 10 minutes. It was really just two guys saying, 'Hey, let's do this, let's do that.' 'Oh yeah, that's good, that's good! I'll help with this, you help with that.' It was very practical, hands on, grass roots. I'm not quite sure Willie or Neil or I really had any indication of what we were getting into. I think we were naïve about what farming and agriculture meant in world politics."

The first Farm Aid took place in Champaign, Illinois and featured performers including Billy Joel, B.B. King, Roy Orbison and – naturally – Bob Dylan. A crowd of 80,000 people helped raise $9 million dollars, and there were other victories. The concert sparked major conversations about the state of family farming in the United States, and ultimately led to Congress passing a $4 billion financial assistance package known as the Agricultural Credit Act of 1987.

Despite these triumphs, Nelson, Mellencamp and Young knew it was not enough. Local family farms were still subject to government price regulations that favored the major corporations. Unable to afford expensive lobbyists, the men and women who fed America were left without a voice to defend themselves.

So Farm Aid pressed on, advocating on their behalf. The concerts continued, reaching more and more people annually. Years soon turned to decades. In 2001, long-time ally Dave Matthews signed on as the fourth official member of the Farm Aid Board of Directors. To date, the organization has generated more than $50 million to promote a strong and resilient family farm-centered system of agriculture. What's more, it's gone a long way in helping normalize Community Support Agriculture (CSAs), Farm-to-Table, and organic food movements.

To Mellencamp, it all moves forward thanks to the sheer force of Nelson's big-hearted will. "I'm proud of Willie for keeping the troops organized and keeping things going. Willie really deserves the Nobel Peace Prize for this, as far as I'm concerned. I don't know how you can really argue. It's the longest running charity of its kind in the world."

While Nelson has vowed to keep the festival going as long as they're needed, Mellencamp sees the message of Farm Aid catching on with a new generation of consumers.

"There's a certain percentage of millennials who understand agriculture," he says. "I see these little farms popping up all over the country. They sell their local agriculture to the families living there. I'm talking about little farms, just several acres. So there are some millennials who are very in touch with agriculture."

At a time when the fate of our nation – and our planet – looks uncertain, these future problem solvers fill Mellencamp with hope. "I have two sons who are 21 and 22, and I talk to them about things. And they just say, 'We'll figure it out.'"

Farm Aid continues on Saturday, Sept. 17, at Jiffy Lube Live in Bristow, Virginia. In addition to Nelson, Mellencamp, Young and Matthews, performers include Alabama Shakes , Sturgill Simpson and Lukas Nelson & the Promise of the Real. Click here for tickets. For information on how to donate or volunteer with Farm Aid and the Good Food Movement, visit here.


 on: September 18, 2016, 07:36:05 am 
Started by racketeer - Last post by racketeer
Still interested in "Rave On", I mentioned what I
wrote about it last week to a therapist...she said,
"Oh...Buddy Holly!" I looked at her like if SHE
lost her mind. Save for the if I hadn't
tried to major in Music Therapy years ago.
".Please, I beg of u," went the song,
"calm yourself...u have destroyed a sunny day...
 mother nature cannot bare, too see u carry on...
 this way..."
Whatever, however, the forces that make people
lose their temper can range from trying to make
urself heard and failing, like arguing a point, and anyway, also, not being just being made silly, u no, Mister Bellows??!  Yeah. God
only knows what the real truth is! Um...
I also listen to Cutting Heads...
"Hey, Poppy,
Hey ho, hey ho...shout it out!!!" one...
and a big "hey ho" to the whole band in "When
Jesus left Birmingham..."
Well  that's it for this week.
if u guys can't post this idea, its okay. later! Roll Eyes

 on: September 16, 2016, 03:19:24 am 
Started by MrSickboy50 - Last post by Smalltownboy
I've been a fan of Seger's for 40 years.  Night Moves hooked me. (I met the love of my life)  He, like john and Bruce are the three artists I enjoy the most.


 on: September 14, 2016, 04:02:43 pm 
Started by sharonc - Last post by sharonc
This Saturday, September 17th, Farm Aid's annual benefit concert will head to Bristow, VA taking place at the Jiffy Lube Live. Farm Aid 2016 will feature Farm Aid board members Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young and Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds, along with Alabama Shakes, Sturgill Simpson, Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats,  Jamey Johnson with special guest Alison Krauss, Margo Price, Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real, Insects vs. Robots, Ian Mellencamp, Wisdom Indiana Dancers and Star Swain.

Tickets are ON SALE NOW, a few great seats remain, get yours today! 

“At Farm Aid 2016, we’ll come together to stand up to the handful of corporations that control our food system. If you want a better world, it starts with you.” — John Mellencamp

The Webcast: Watch Farm Aid 2016 in HD streaming live at starting at  3:00 p.m. The webcast will feature artist performances and stories from family farmers and eaters across the country.

If you have a “smart TV,” Apple TV, Roku, or other streaming device, you can watch the live concert on Farm Aid’s YouTube channel. This year, Farm Aid will also be streaming the concert on Facebook Live for the first time – like their page for details.

Willie Nelson’s SiriusXM Channel (59): Willie’s Roadhouse, will air live from Farm Aid 2016, beginning at 12 p.m. ET. SiriusXM’s Dallas Wayne will host backstage interviews and behind-the-scenes coverage of the event.

The Farm Aid Official Festival App: Put the entire Farm Aid experience in the palm of your hand with the app for iPhone and Android. You’ll be able to add artists, workshops, and artist briefings to make your own personal schedule for the day. Find out where you’re going with the festival map, check out the HOMEGROWN food and drink offerings, read about the hands-on activities in the HOMEGROWN Village, and learn about our Farmer Heroes. Play along with our Photo Hunt and take and post photos, tweet and share your Farm Aid experience with your friends. GET THE APP. 

Read the latest event press release on by clicking HERE. will be at Farm Aid 2016, watch for social media updates on John's Facebook, Twitter and Instagram feeds.

We all have a special Farm Aid story! Tell us what you’re doing to grow a fair food system that is good for all of us. Share the difference you’re making in your community on the #Road2FarmAid. You could win Farm Aid prizes and tickets to Farm Aid 2016 on September 17. Share your ideas, along with photos and videos, to inspire others to join in.

Let your friends on social media know that you’re taking action on the #Road2FarmAid. Download and share Facebook cover images, Twitter headers and social media badges HERE.  

Just remember to tag your content with #Road2FarmAid so that we can all be inspired.

John Mellencamp, Jackson Browne and Fleetwood Mac's Lindsey Buckingham are featured on the official soundtrack to the Showtime series Roadies, which was just released digitally and is available for purchase as a physical album.  The record is made up almost entirely of new live performances by various artists, many of whom made cameo appearances on the show.  Purchase the official soundtrack now on Apple Music.  Roadies creator, writer and director Cameron Crowe explains of the show’s music,"Great care was taken that the songs chosen for each artist have another meaning, a thread to our story or characters. The only rule was: no lip-syncing to playback. Not even to live versions recorded in a previous take. These would be authentic live performances. Real performances. That’s where the magic happens, for an audience and even a crew."

JOHN RETURNS TO TOLEDO TO HELP HOUSE HOMELESS VETERANS This fall, before his concert at the Stranahan on Oct. 21, Mellencamp will return to Tent City, this time as the Honorary Mayor and Grand Marshal to kick off Tent City and the Veterans Matter Walk to End Veteran Homelessness. To help the group raise additional funds, Mellencamp will also invite the highest Veterans Matter Walk fundraiser and a guest to his show that evening with a meet-and-greet immediately following. The singer is donating an additional ticket package to support the Oct. 19 fundraiser hosted by his long-time tour manager and 1Matters board member Harry Sandler. Sandler will be presenting an October-long show of his photography, “Images of a Photographic Journey,” at the Toledo School for the Arts Porter Gallery. Read the complete press release on

 on: September 13, 2016, 06:43:21 pm 
Started by sjl21 - Last post by taz7676
Tony said it's because this show is being filmed, that's where the cameras will be. I wanted the pit again too!

 on: September 12, 2016, 09:21:52 am 
Started by williehagfan1 - Last post by sharonc
where do u find the info to get something autographed. i was raised by john mellencamp through music i consider him like a 2nd dad, and can always go to a beer and some of his music when i need a life answer.  i have done 39 shows hitting 40 in richmond and splurged for diamond seats....2nd row! im super stoked. hope he pulls me on stage to dance like he used to in the good old days  Grin

Contacting John and

Many people email asking us to forward messages to John, or requests for charity auction donations, autographs etc. John Mellencamp does not see the emails sent to this website. However your messages about the site and John's career are read and at times replied to (by staff) or forwarded on to his management and record label.

It is possible to contact John Mellencamp via postal mail. Listed below is a PO BOX that is delivered to John's office. Please read the notes below:

John and his staff's primary job is making, promoting and dealing with the business surrounding John's music. Please be patient if sending an autograph or charity request, we regret that the wait can be months when John is very busy.

John does not accept any outside songs/CD's/material. Anything sent of this nature will not be returned and will be promptly thrown away by John's staff. Please do not send these types of items.

There are several things that you can do to help speed up this process:

Send a pre paid (w/priority mail return postage stamp included), self addressed return envelope/mailer along with your item. If you do not include enough return postage your item will not be returned.
Sending flat and small items (pictures/cd covers) is recommended. The mail is not picked up every day and large items that do not fit in the box are returned by the post office after a few days.
Autograph/memorabilia dealers will not have their items returned.
Please do not send any item that is a one of a kind.

 on: September 10, 2016, 09:22:28 pm 
Started by williehagfan1 - Last post by joshcarolina
where do u find the info to get something autographed. i was raised by john mellencamp through music i consider him like a 2nd dad, and can always go to a beer and some of his music when i need a life answer.  i have done 39 shows hitting 40 in richmond and splurged for diamond seats....2nd row! im super stoked. hope he pulls me on stage to dance like he used to in the good old days  Grin

 on: September 10, 2016, 03:49:54 am 
Started by racketeer - Last post by racketeer
I'd settle for "I care" as to see this kind of "Meanstreak" as it happens.
I saw a tee shirt on sale at the mall said "...wake up, eat,rave,and sleep"...
I thought I "just might" steal it because it was expensive...
But the Beatles song " Your Mother Should Know" was pulsing through my veins...&
As a telephone screamer with questionably bipolar tendencies, I have lyrics for mood changes...and John Mellencamp's lyrical performance
with "s-h-i-t", because " s-h-i-t happens", seemingly only when authority
isn't looking, gets an "uh-oh" started when I get caught.
So..."...mother nature cannot bare
            to see u "carry on" this way... "?
Shoot the moon! Its okay to reject this post, anyway.

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