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« on: October 18, 2013, 09:41:18 am »

Ghost Brothers of Darkland County,  the musical production of the collaboration between John  and Stephen King, has launched a 20-city theatrical tour kicking off at the  Indiana University Auditorium in Bloomington, Indiana to rave  reviews! Click HERE  for complete tour coverage including video interviews with John and Stephen and to read the fantastic reviews. There are several preview articles (with video) that will give you an idea of what the show looks like on stage and you can hear a few pieces of the songs performed live.

Susan V. Booth directs the 20 city tour. Booth also directed the 2012 Atlanta run of the show at the Alliance Theatre.

"Bruce Greenwood portrays a strong but anguished Joe McCandless and Emily Skinner skillfully navigates her role as Joe’s alcoholic wife, Monique, who moves from wisecracking and tipsy to a good-sense family matriarch when the family needs her most..." – Bloom Magazine
"The Zydeco Cowboy’s frequent narration was wry and knowing, while his counterpart, The Shape, provided biting, cynical, and sometimes hilariously profane observations..." - Bloom Magazine 
"Jake LaBotz’s portrayal is exquisitely nasty…" - Nashville Scene

"Kylie Brown and Kate Ferber are equally dynamic in their parallel roles as the femme fatales from the two eras, Anna Wicklow and Jenna Farrell, respectively..." – Bloom Magazine

"Eric Moore as cabin caretaker Dan Coker harnessed tongues of gospel fire and blew the roof off of The Mother Church." - Nashville Scene

Also featured are Lucas Kavner and Joe Tippett as brothers Frank and  Drake McCandless,   Peter Albrink as Jack  McCandless, Travis Smith as Andy McCandless, Joe Jung as Newt  Hoggenbeck, Zac Ballard as Young Joe, and  Rob Lawhon and Gwen Hughes in the ensemble.
The on stage music is performed by members of the Mellencamp band: Andy York, Dane Clark,  Jon Gunnell and Troye Kinnett. The mesmerizing stage lighting is by Steven Cohen who was also on board  for Mellencamp's No Better Than This tour, and is choreography is by  Liza Genaro. 

Some tickets are still available and are ON SALE NOW. Read the press release with ticket details on our Ghost Brothers Mini Site.

 To listen and purchase this incredible soundtrack click HERE

The complete Ghost Brothers of Darkland County tour itinerary is below:

 10 – Bloomington, IN – Indiana University Auditorium
 11 – Louisville, KY – Whitney Hall
 12 – Knoxville, TN – Knoxville Civic Auditorium
 13 – Asheville, NC – Thomas Wolfe Auditorium
 16 – Nashville, TN – Ryman Auditorium
 17 – Evansville, IN – Aiken Theatre at The Centre
 18 – Indianapolis, IN – Clowes Memorial Hall
 19 – Akron, OH – Akron Civic Theatre
 22 – Columbus, OH – Palace Theatre
 23 – Bloomington, IN – Indiana University Auditorium
 24 – Ft. Wayne, IN – Embassy Theatre
 25 – Madison, WI – Overture Hall
 26 – Rockford, IL – Coronado Performing Arts Center
 29 – Milwaukee, WI – Riverside Theatre
 31 – Minneapolis, MN – State Theatre
 1 – Sioux City, IA – Orpheum Theatre
 2 – Ames, IA – Stephens Auditorium
 3 – Davenport, IA – Adler Theatre
 5 – South Bend, IN – Morris Performing Arts Center
 6 – Grand Rapids, MI – DeVos Performance Hall
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 The 2014 slate of nominees for induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame were announced  on October 10, 2013. The organization, which is dedicated to recognizing the work and lives of those composers and lyricists who create popular music around the world, holds annual elections to determine those who will make up the roster of inductees for the following year.  
Longtime Rolling Stone contributor Anthony DeCurtis commented on the singer  – “Mellencamp has created an important body of work that has earned him both  critical regard and an enormous audience. His songs document the joys and  struggles of ordinary people seeking to make their way, and he has  consistently brought the fresh air of common experience to the typically  glamour-addled world of popular music.”
Eligible voting members will have until December 16th, 2013 to turn in  ballots with their choices of three nominees from a non-performer and two  from a performer category. For information to join or renew as a voting  member before November 18th in order to participate in this election, please  go to SONGHALL.ORG.  To see the full list of 2014 nominees click HERE.  The  2014 Annual Awards Gala will take place at the New York Marriott Marquis on  Thursday, June 12th.
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The Butler Institute of American Art is to present the exhibition "The Paintings of John Mellencamp" November 3, 2013 through January 12, 2014. This show, which will feature some forty paintings, some never before seen by the public, is the artist's first art museum exhibition.  According to Dr. Louis A. Zona, Director and Curator of the Butler, "In  choosing these works, mostly portraits, I am interested in the dialogue  between Mellencamp's work and the Butler's more traditional collection of  19th- and 20th-century American art by masters including John Singer  Sargent, Winslow Homer, and Raphael Soyer. John's work is beautifully  executed and speaks of themes that are universal. He has very strong  opinions, be they sociological or political, which are right up front in  these works. They're incredibly fascinating studies"  Read the complete press release HERE.

The Paintings of John Mellencamp will travel to the Museum of Art-DeLand,  Florida, where it will be on view from October 16, 2014 through January 4, 2015.  Plans are being finalized for the exhibition to travel to additional museums.

 A full-color catalogue with an essay by Hilarie M. Sheets, a contributing  editor to ARTnews who writes regularly for The New York Times, will accompany  the exhibition. In her essay, Sheets, writes," Mellencamp's "discovery of early  20th-century modernists including Chaim Soutine, Walt Kuhn, and particularly the  German Expressionists Otto Dix and Max Beckmann pointed the way toward a visceral, pared down approach to portraiture".

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Farm Aid 2013, held on Saturday, Sept. 21, at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) in Saratoga Springs, NY  was a roaring success! More than 25,000  people gathered at the annual  concert. John introduced a surprise appearance by 94-year-old Pete Seeger who led a  sing-a-long of "This Land is Your Land" with the founding members that  brought the entire audience to their feet. Click HERE to watch Hi-Def videos of the performances from throughout the day.

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