Mellencamp, Young Among Farm Aid 2017 Headliners

Farm Aid board members Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp and Dave Matthews will headline the Farm Aid Festival, which includes newer artists and veteran acts this year on September 16th at the KeyBank Pavilion.

Other acts rounding up the lineup are Blackberry Smoke, the Avett Brothers, Sheryl Crow, Insects vs. Robots, Jack Johnson, Jamey Johnson, Valerie June, and Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real.

In the Farm Aid press release, Nelson explains why they chose their venue. “Family farm agriculture is the heart of Pennsylvania,” said Nelson. “What’s happening in western Pennsylvania and the region shows us that we can count on family farmers to strengthen our communities and connect people. Whether we live in rural or urban places, food — and music — brings us all together.”

Tickets are expected to be made available to the general public on June 23rd.

John Mellencamp: Rock’s Glory Days Are Over

John Mellencamp has joined the likes of former KISS drummer Peter Criss in thinking that Rock is no longer relevant and that it’s never coming back.

During a Q&A session for the Direct Connection event series, Mellencamp explained his stance off the consuming and staying power of music.

“I’ve got two boys, 22 and 21, and I don’t think they ever sat down and listened to a whole album in their whole life,” said Mellencamp. “I read just the other day — I think it was Ray Davies — that rock ‘n’ roll is going to come back. It’s not going to come back. We’ve seen it. It happened … it’s like we had a 50-year run of a particular type of music and history will tell us that.”

When someone pointed out that rock was just one of the styles of music that had its turn on top of the charts, Mellencamp argued that it wasn’t just the cyclical taste that hurt rock’s time at the top, but the way the industry is hobbled by the rapid amount of entertainment options for the consumer.

“I’m not saying there aren’t great songwriters out there. There are,” he added. “But we’re never going to experience them the way we able to experience them in the ‘60s, ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s. We’re not set up for that anymore.”

Though Mellencamp believes the heyday of rock is over, he recently released his new album, Sad Clowns and Hillbillies.

John Mellencamp Releases New Info and Second Single From ‘Sad Clowns and Hillbillies’

John Mellencamp’s latest projects drops April 21st. To get everyone’s anticipation up for his Sad Clowns & Hillbillies LP, he has released his second single, “Grandview”, as well as the album artwork and track listing.


“Grandview,” which you can listen to below, features additional vocal contributions from country star Martina McBride.

John Mellencamp Featuring Carlene Carter, ‘Sad Clowns & Hillbillies’ Track Listing
“Mobile Blue”
“Battle of Angels”
“Grandview” (featuring Martina McBride)
“Indigo Sunset”
“What Kind of Man am I”
“All Night Talk Radio”
“Sugar Hill Mountain”
“You Are Blind”
“Damascus Road”
“Early Bird Cafe”
“Sad Clowns”
“My Soul’s Got Wings”
“Easy Target”


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