Mellencamp Documentary Heads To TRIO

A documentary chronicling the making of John Mellencamp's latest Columbia album, "Trouble No More," will premiere Oct. 4 on the TRIO cable network.

A documentary chronicling the making of John Mellencamp's latest Columbia album, "Trouble No More," will premiere Oct. 4 on the TRIO cable network. The film was produced and directed by telecommunications professor Ron Osgood of Indiana University, located in Mellencamp's adopted hometown of Bloomington, Ind. Osgood's students also participated in the filming.

The black-and-white film spotlights recording sessions and live performances of the traditional blues material found on "Trouble No More," which debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Blues Album chart. Interviews with Mellencamp and his band are also included. According to the artist's official Web site, the documentary -- which first aired in June on Bloomington PBS affiliate WTIU -- may be released on DVD later this year.

Although Mellencamp is not touring in support of the album, he will appear Oct. 3 on Country Music Television's "Crossroads" in tandem with Kenny Chesney. The acts performed together on four of their respective songs, including Mellencamp classics such as "Small Town" and "Jack and Diane."

As previously reported, Mellencamp will be honored Oct. 2 in New York with the Woody Guthrie Award "for his embodiment of Woody Guthrie's ideals." The honor will be handed out at the Huntington's Disease Society of America's seventh annual Guthrie Awards dinner.

Mellencamp is also on the nominees ballot for the 2004 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction, alongside Prince and George Harrison, among others.