Since the time of Woody Guthrie, artists have used music to protest the ugly side of American politics. Now, there's Vote for Change, a tour benefiting left-wing political action committee MoveOn.org on which musicians from every genre will hit the battleground states and lobby voters to boot Bush out of the White House. Florida is undoubtedly one of those states under the microscope.
Luckily, John Mellencamp has emerged from his little pink house to help out, and he'll be performing with Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds when the tour hits Miami. This odd pairing is not only the result of their similar political views but also a working relationship: the R&B legend produced two new songs on Mellencamp's latest album, Words and Music, which is scheduled for release on October 19. Now how's that for product placement?