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T-Bone Burnett, John Mellencamp and Stephen King Team Up for “Ghost”-ly Rock Musical
By: Troy Frisby

This fall, rock legend John Mellencamp and bestselling author Stephen King will unleash “Ghost Brothers of Darkland County,” an all-new blues-rock musical event.

“Ghost Brothers,” written by King and featuring music from Mellencamp and T-Bone Burnett, tells a dark supernatural tale in a seemingly-sleepy Mississippi town.

According to the official press release, King based the musical on a story Mellencamp told him more than a decade ago, about two real-life brothers who fell in love with the same girl, which ended in tragedy.

After that, King decided the story would make a great play before developing a full-length musical about two sets of brothers in the same family, two of whom are ghosts.

As the younger pair of living brothers begins to follow down the dark path of their uncles, they will learn a terrible family secret that will alter the course of their lives.

Because of the emotionally-driven story being told, the music Mellencamp co-wrote for the show will reveal the characters’ inner-most thoughts instead of focusing on plot.

The twenty-city U.S. tour will feature a cast of 15 actors along with a four-piece live band. The album for the musical will be released on June 4 via Hear Music and the Concord Music Group, but the trailer for the show is available now.

Tickets for “Ghost Brothers of Darkland County” can be purchased beginning Friday, May 17at 10am. For a list of complete tour dates, visit

Ghost Brothers of Darkland County Tour Itinerary:


  • 10 - Bloomington, IN - Indiana University Auditorium
  • 11 - Louisville, KY - Whitney Hall *
  • 12 - Knoxville, KY - 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
  • 24 - Ft. Wayne, IN - Embassy Theatre
  • 25 - Madison, WI - Overture Hall
  • 26 - Rockford, IL - Coronado Performing Arts Center
  • 27 - Appleton, WI - Fox Cities 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

* Louisville on sale Friday, May 31 at 10am
** Asheville on sale Saturday, May 18 at 10am
*** Milwaukee on sale Friday, May 17 at 12 noon


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