Trouble No More

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This article is about the John Mellencamp album. For the Muddy Waters song, see Trouble No More (song).
Trouble No More
Trouble no more.JPG
Studio album by John Mellencamp
Released June 3, 2003
Recorded February 10, 2003-February 27, 2003
Length 47:11
Label Columbia
Producer John Mellencamp
John Mellencamp chronology
Cuttin' Heads
Trouble No More
Words & Music: John Mellencamp's Greatest Hits
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic (68/100)[1]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[2]
Blender 3.5/5 stars[1]
Entertainment Weekly B+[3]
PopMatters 6/10 stars[4][1]
Robert Christgau (dud)[5]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[6]
Uncut 2/5 stars[7][1]
USA Today 3/4 stars[8]

Trouble No More is American singer-songwriter and musician John Mellencamp's 18th studio album and his final recording for Columbia Records, released in 2003. It consists of blues and folk covers.

A re-working of "To Washington" featuring new lyrics critical of President George W. Bush and the Iraq War, generated much controversy upon the album's release.

In addition to the album, a documentary titled "Trouble No More: The Making of a John Mellencamp Album" was produced and directed by Ron Osgood, along with students from his documentary course at Indiana University. The documentary won a Regional Emmy and several small festival awards in 2004 and 2005.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Stones in My Passway" (Johnson) 3:17
  2. "Death Letter" (House) 6:14
  3. "Johnny Hart" (Guthrie) 4:31
  4. "Baltimore Oriole" (Carmichael/Webster) 3:54
  5. "Teardrops Will Fall" (Allard/Smith) 4:24
  6. "Diamond Joe" (Traditional; new lyrics by Mellencamp) 4:37
  7. "The End of the World" (Dee/Kent) 3:24
  8. "Down in the Bottom" (Dixon) 3:31
  9. "Lafayette" (Williams) 3:55
  10. "Joliet Bound" (McCoy/McCoy) 3:34
  11. "John the Revelator" (Traditional) 3:19
  12. "To Washington" (Traditional; new lyrics by Mellencamp) 2:39


  • John Mellencamp – vocals, guitar
  • Andy York – guitars, bass
  • Dane Clark – drums, percussion
  • Miriam Sturm – violin, viola
  • Michael Ramos – accordion, organ
  • Toby Myers – upright bass
  • John Gunnell – electric bass
  • Pat Peterson – background vocals, tambourine
  • Courtney Kaiser – background vocals, tambourine
  • Heather Headley – background vocals
  • Janas Hoyt – background vocals
  • Michael Clark – pedal steel
  • T. Blayde – kazoo


Album - Billboard (North America)[9]

Year Chart Position
June 21, 2003 The Billboard 200 31


Trouble No More
Video by John Mellencamp
Released 2003
Recorded February 10, 2003-February 27, 2003
Genre Rock, blues, folk
Label Redline Entertainment
Producer Ron Osgood

Trouble No More: The Making Of A John Mellencamp Album:
A rare inside look inside the studio during the recording of John Mellencamp's new album. "Trouble No More" consists of a collection of historic blues, folk and American roots music. With over 120 hours of footage, the documentary provides an intimate look at the making of the album.


  • Producer and Director: Ron Osgood
  • Associate Producer: Will Deloney
  • Assistant Directors: Matt Bockelman, Brian Rogat
  • Head Writer: Chris Booker
  • Senior Photographer: Ron Prickel
  • Location Sound: Stuart Notion
  • Graphics and Effects: Abbie Harmon, Scott Carmichael
  • Post-Production Sound: Charlie Hoyt
  • Special Thanks: Indiana University
  • Booklet Photos: Elaine Mellencamp
  • Design: Design Monsters
  • Management: Hoffman Entertainment
  • publicity: Bob Merlis/M.f.h.


  1. ^ a b c d "Critic Reviews for Trouble No More". Metacritic. Retrieved 2012-11-06. 
  2. ^ Trouble No More at AllMusic
  3. ^ Farber, Jim (2003-06-06). "Trouble No More Review". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2012-11-06. 
  4. ^ Langmead, Jon (2003-06-02). "John Mellencamp: Trouble No More". PopMatters. Retrieved 2012-11-06. 
  5. ^ Christgau, Robert. "CG: John Mellencamp". Robert Christgau. 
  6. ^ Puterbaugh, Parke (2003-05-20). "Trouble No More". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2012-11-06. 
  7. ^ "John Mellencamp - Trouble No More". Uncut: 111. October 2003. Retrieved 2012-11-06. 
  8. ^ Gundersen, Edna (2003-06-03). "Sugar Ray's 'Pursuit' will sneak up on you ; And be glad Mellencamp made 'Trouble'". USA Today. Retrieved 2013-10-03. 
  9. ^ - Discography - John Mellencamp - Trouble No More

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