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An Indiana-man returns to the good ol’ Midwest to do a little good himself. Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, [lastfm]John Mellencamp[/lastfm], visited the city of Toledo, Ohio late last week to do what he does best – use his voice.

To find out what Mellencamp was doing in Ohio (other than playing cornhole and watching the beans grow), read on after the jump.

The 58-year-old musician lent his voice to Toledo’s Tent City, which is an organization responsible for aiding the thousands of homeless people around the area. Tent City was founded by Ken Leslie in 1990 and is based on volunteers donating time, clothing, food, medical and other services.

Mellencamp related his song, “Jack and Diane,” to the unfortunate situations people are increasingly experiencing due to the economy and used the theme of his song when recording the PSA for this year’s Tent City, which takes place from October 29th to October 31st.

Mellencamp opted to get personal with the PSA after having some issues reading the wordy prompter (Hooked On Phonics works for me!):

[Expletive], guys, this is like the Gettysburg Address!

He strayed from the script and talks straight to the camera about how people give up too easily when met with hard times and the prospect of losing their homes, especially in the current, troublesome economy. He urges those facing trials to fight, and expressed his appreciation to those who have shown compassion for the people who need compassion.

In addition to the Tent City PSA, Mellencamp recorded a PSA for the first ever World Homeless Day, which will be October 10, 2010.

If you would like to join Mellencamp and Tent City in their efforts to help those in need, visit 1Matters.org to find out how you can help.

Kudos to Mr. Mellencamp for being so actively involved in such an important philanthropy and stay tuned for more info on this event and the latest news on Mellencamp’s music.

  • Check out Mellencamp’s video for “Jack and Diane,” a song about kids who just quit.

[Source: Rolling Stone, Toledo Blade]

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