Dallas, TX (December 11, 2007)–HDNet has begun airing a series of short features entitled Mellencamp: Thoughts Shared in which outspoken singer/songwriter John Mellencamp discusses his views on topics of national interest.
The series, which also features brief original musical performances, began running in random rotation on HDNet on December 10. Visuals will include some of Mellencamp’s original paintings relating to the subject matter covered in specific episodes.
Taped in Mellencamp’s home art studio in Bloomington, IN, the series finds the artist speaking frankly about subjects ranging from farm policy, the voting process, the war in Iraq, racism and other issues of concern in an informal setting. Mellencamp songs heard in the series include “Rain On The Scarecrow,” “Our Country,” “Jena” and “To Washington.”
“Our viewers will definitely find these short features by Mellencamp interesting and thought provoking,” said Mark Cuban, president and co-founder of HDNet. “We always look to present different views on important topics and this feature series is the perfect vehicle for us to do so.”
Mellencamp: Thoughts Shared premieres on HDNet in the same week that the ASCAP Foundation bestows its Champion Award on Mellencamp in recognition of his outstanding use of music in the service of humanity. He is also a 2008 Grammy nominee for “Our Country” in the Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance category.
Currently on a U.S. tour, Mellencamp will detour to New York to accept the honor before resuming his touring schedule. It is expected that Mellencamp’s recently completed, T-Bone Burnett-produced The Company We Keep will be released in early 2008.