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 on: July 22, 2019, 08:54:58 pm 
Started by drewandjo - Last post by Aeroplane2
I have to admit, each CD i play, i have my favorite few songs; but i rewind my CD's weekly of just JM, like Mellencamp "Words and Music" and there are too many songs on there to name one, since this is a greatest hits CD set; but "Wanna Say Thank You" is just an awesome track of when John started to take a turn away from all the past music and move on to other forms he enjoyed.  Love "Mr. Happy Go Lucky" with "Key West Intermezzo" and "Just Another Day".  his self titled album in 98, "Mellencamp" , I played a groove into "I'm Not Running Anymore", "Eden is Burning", "Fruit Trader", "Miss Missy" he's just got TOO many great songs to name just a few".

Thanks for the post, i love to think about the favorites and that can change as i rewind through the CD's too!

 on: July 18, 2019, 01:33:56 pm 
Started by sharonc - Last post by sharonc
Check out this recap of this year's Chapin Awards Gala as we honored musician and activist, John Mellencamp with the Harry Chapin Humanitarian Award, presented to him by Monte Lipman, CEO of Republic Records. #WhyHungerAwards

 on: July 16, 2019, 04:52:05 am 
Started by drewandjo - Last post by drewandjo
who is still around from the Mellenfests, the recipe books, the mellenhead t-shirts, etc? Come in Bill from NY, Diantha from the same joint who I think made the Mellenhead tees. I know we are all getting on in years so would love to know who is still old Don Hill still manning the counter at SICA?.....come in anyone

 on: July 16, 2019, 04:41:58 am 
Started by drewandjo - Last post by drewandjo
Went on a small road trip this past weekend down here in New Zealand (my car has a cd player) and decided to air some of my Mellencamp cds. Got through John Cougar (3 out 5), John Mellencamp (4 out of 5, just love Your Life is Now), No Better Than This (1 out of 5) before getting stuck on Cuttin' Heads. Man I'd forgotten how good that cd was. The title song is just as powerful now as it was then, Peaceful World was now a joy to listen to without thinking about trucks, love Just Like You, Worn Out Nervous Condition and ends with a great In Our Lives. A definite 5 out of 5. Heading away again this weekend so will report next week on the next crop. Anyone else done a rewind lately and listened to a few JM tracks?

 on: July 09, 2019, 06:38:21 am 
Started by sharonc - Last post by sharonc
On Thursday, July 11th, beginning at 11 AM ET, we will be offering a limited number of tickets in a free member pre-sale. Tickets available will include roof-covered reserved seats, non-roof covered reserved seats, and general admission lawn tickets. The pre-sale will end at 10 PM ET, or whenever our allotment runs out - supplies are limited! The pre-sale tickets will be offered through Live Nation using a password posted on the TOUR page for logged-in members. Read THIS tutorial to learn how our pre-sale works. Please watch our TOUR page for more information.

 on: July 09, 2019, 06:37:30 am 
Started by sharonc - Last post by sharonc
Underscoring the severe crisis in farm country, Farm Aid’s annual music and food festival will return to the heart of dairy country on Saturday, Sept. 21, at Alpine Valley Music Theatre in East Troy, Wisconsin. Tickets go on sale to the public on Friday, July 12, at 10 a.m. CDT.

Featuring family farmers, the good food they produce and inspiring music, Farm Aid 2019 will include performances by Farm Aid board members Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young and Dave Matthews with Tim Reynolds, as well as Bonnie Raitt, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Margo Price, Jamey Johnson, Tanya Tucker, Brothers Osborne, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Yola, and Particle Kid. Additional artists will be announced later this summer.

This year, the organization stages Farm Aid 2019 in an economic climate similar to the one that sparked the first Farm Aid concert in 1985. Median farm income is expected to be -$1,449 in 2019, and while net farm income in 2019 is projected to be 8% higher than prior year levels, it will remain among the bottom 25% of all time. Farmer stress also is growing, with the risk of depression and suicide among people working in agriculture increasing as compared to the general population. Calls to Farm Aid’s farmer hotline have borne this out, with a 109% increase in calls in 2018.

“With devastating weather, low prices and harmful farm and trade policies, America’s family farmers are facing immense challenges to hold on to their farms. It’s not right ... family farmers are essential for all of us,” Farm Aid President and Founder Willie Nelson said. “By bringing our festival to the heart of the struggle, we will stand side by side with farmers. At Farm Aid 2019, we’ll highlight solutions and show our support for family farmers’ contributions to our health, economy and environment.”

Wisconsin, often referred to as “America’s Dairyland,” is one of the nation’s leading dairy producers, particularly known for its cheese. The Wisconsin dairy industry generates $43.4 billion each year, fueling the state’s economy at a rate of more than $80,000 per minute. While the dairy industry benefits the economy and culture of Wisconsin, dairy farmers are struggling, with the state losing nearly 700 dairy farms in 2018 alone.

Overall, Wisconsin agriculture is extremely diverse with livestock, row crop and vegetable production also popular in the state. Wisconsin is second behind California for number of organic farms and has a strong direct market movement. Farm to School and urban agriculture programs support a strong connection among urban cities and rural communities.

The annual Farm Aid festival is a unique experience for all the senses. Farm Aid 2019 will serve HOMEGROWN Concessions®, which will showcase family farm-sourced ingredients at all the festival’s food stands including the HOMEGROWN Youthmarket, a farm stand operated by youth involved in farming and farmers markets. HOMEGROWN Concessions® utilizes compostable serviceware, with a goal of zero waste. Farm Aid’s HOMEGROWN Village features hands-on activities about soil, water, energy, food and farming. Festivalgoers can hear farmers and artists discuss pressing issues and share inspiring stories on the FarmYard Stage, as well as attend demonstrations to learn agrarian skills and celebrate the culture of agriculture in the HOMEGROWN Skills tent.

Tickets for Farm Aid 2019 will go on sale Friday, July 12, at 10 a.m. CDT. Ticket prices range from $54.50 to $249.50 and will be available for purchase at A limited number of pre-sale tickets will be made available for sale beginning at 10 a.m. CDT on Wednesday, July 10, at

Farm Aid is teaming up with IfOnly to offer a collection of incredible items and experiences, from behind-the-scenes tours and VIP ticket packages to signed memorabilia from this year’s artists. People can purchase and bid on these special offerings starting July 9, 2019, at

For event updates, follow Farm Aid on Twitter (@FarmAid), Facebook ( and Instagram (, and visit Festivalgoers are encouraged to use the hashtags #FarmAid2019 and #Road2FarmAid to join the conversation on social media around this year’s festival.

Farm Aid 2019 sponsors include Patagonia Workwear, Shenandoah Valley Organic, Horizon Organic, and Pete & Gerry’s Organic Eggs. Farm Aid welcomes the participation of the business community and offers corporate sponsorship and VIP hospitality opportunities. For more information, contact Glenda Yoder at

Farm Aid’s mission is to build a vibrant, family farm-centered system of agriculture in America. Farm Aid artists and board members Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp and Dave Matthews host an annual festival to raise funds to support Farm Aid’s work with family farmers and to inspire people to choose family farm food. For more than 30 years, Farm Aid, with the support of the artists who contribute their performances each year, has raised $57 million to support programs that help farmers thrive, expand the reach of the Good Food Movement, take action to change the dominant system of industrial agriculture and promote food from family farms. — 30 —

**Editors and Producers Note: Advance credentials are required for all media to attend Farm Aid 2019. Please visit by Friday, Sept. 13, to apply. Media can download official Farm Aid photos and videos at**

 on: June 13, 2019, 12:15:59 pm 
Started by sharonc - Last post by sharonc
Republic Records, Federal Films And Universal Music Theatrical Announce The Development Of An Original Musical
This is a story about those people who live, love and die on the underside of the American Dream in small towns all across our country. This is a tale, laced with humor and visceral energy, about star-crossed lovers, and their stubborn refusal to give up, to lie down, to let go of the potential their youthful dreams once promised. This is also a story about a town in free-fall, and the tough choices people make, not always in their best interests. Book by MacArthur Fellow, Susan Smith Blackburn Prize and Obie Award winning playwright Naomi Wallace and will be directed by 3-time Tony Award winner Kathleen Marshall, music and lyrics by John Mellencamp.

More details will be announced in the Fall

 on: May 27, 2019, 04:01:49 am 
Started by dogiaokhanhlinh - Last post by dogiaokhanhlinh
It's hard to believe this gem of a live recording wasn't released much sooner.  I bought the CD on the day of its release.  It's beautifully played by Mellancamp's band and sung with passion and emotion by John.  Trouble No More was a terrific studio album but the songs really come to life on the live album.  Paper And Fire and Pink Houses are amazing and fit right in with the theme.   The musical and tempo change of Small Town is especially wonderful.

It really is an enjoyable musical journey.  The anticipation of John's new studio album is getting higher and higher.

 on: May 04, 2019, 09:46:41 am 
Started by sharonc - Last post by Maradona10
Thanks Tony; your reply was sure quick on the draw.

The name rings a bell. Shame on me for forgetting.

Thanks again.

 on: May 04, 2019, 09:11:28 am 
Started by sharonc - Last post by TonyBClubManager
I've always wondered: who's the guy between Toby Myers and Lisa Germano in the 1993 When Jesus Left Birmingham video shoot photograph? I think he also played accordion at the Chicago '93 VH1 show.

His name is Michael Ramos. He stepped in and played with the band some in 1993 after John Cassella's death in late 1992, he was a member of The Bodeans at the time. He rejoined the band in 2003 after Moe Z MD's departure and toured and recorded with John through the end of 2005 when he left to work on his solo career.

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