For a guy whose longtime nickname is 'Little Bastard,' John Mellencamp sure can be a softie when it comes to the right cause -- or if he's approached by famous pals like, say, actor Matthew McConaughey, recording artist Jack Ingram, and University of Texas football coach Mack Brown.
Classic rock is about heavy hooks, power chords, and tight harmonies, but it’s also about letting loose and enjoying the good times — and there’s no better time than Friday evening, when we pick up our paycheck, punch out of work, and enjoy a couple days of much-needed rest and relaxation.
An unlikelier musical collaboration could only be imagined by the author himself. John Mellencamp and Stephen King (with help from T Bone Burnett) have come together to write and record a soundtrack for a near-finished musical called 'Ghost Brothers of Darkland County.' The star-studded album will be available on March 13, 2013. It's not clear when and if the musical will make its full-scale debut.
Perhaps because it was much more light-hearted than the mostly brooding, introspective songs on his 1989 album 'Big Daddy,' John Mellencamp left the closing number, a cover of the Hombres' late '60s rave-up 'Let it All Hang Out,' off the record's tracklist.
At 22 years and counting, Farm Aid is one of the longest-running rock festivals around -- but as far as co-founder Willie Nelson is concerned, the fact that the show still exists is actually something of a disappointment.
'The Lonesome Jubilee,' considered by many to be John Mellencamp's finest album, turns 25 years old today (Aug. 24).
In 1987, he was still using "Cougar" as a middle name, but the brash rocker image was beginning to wear thin on the singer, as exemplified by an album that was more honest and devoted to folk or Americana sounds than previous efforts.
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