Wednesday, December 22, 2010

o brother, where are thou?

The Coen Brothers' epic film 'O Brother, Where Art Thou?' took us back home to Appalachia. The film was loosely based on Homer's Odyssey; but set in Mississippi in the Great Depression. T-Bone Burnett produced the soundtrack which features new versions of classic bluegrass, gospel, country, and blues music from that time period. It sold more than seven million copies, won a Grammy for Album of the Year, and introduced a whole new generation to American folk music.

Alison Krauss & Gillian Welch performed the classic hymnal "I'll Fly Away".

"I am a Man of Constant Sorrow" won the Grammy Award for Best Country Collaboration with Vocals. The voices of the "Soggy Bottom Boys" are bluegrass musicians: Union Station's Dan Tyminski, Nashville songwriter Harley Allen, and the Nashville Bluegrass Band's Pat Enright.

'Didn't Leave Nobody but the Baby (Go to Sleep Little Baby)' was performed by Gillian Welch, Alison Krauss, & Emmylou Harris.

'Big Rock Candy Mountains' as recorded by Harry McClintock in 1928 was a vintage track that was used in the film.

Tim Blake Nelson sang the vocals for this rendition of 'In the Jailhouse Now'.

Ralph Stanley won the Grammy Award for Best Male Country Vocal Performance for his rendition of 'O Death'.

'O Brother, Where Art Thou?' 
full album:

1. "Po' Lazarus"   traditional James Carter and the Prisoners 4:31
2. "Big Rock Candy Mountain"   Harry McClintock Harry McClintock 2:16
3. "You Are My Sunshine"   Jimmie Davis, Charles Mitchell Norman Blake 4:26
4. "Down to the River to Pray"   traditional Alison Krauss 2:55
5. "I Am a Man of Constant Sorrow" (radio station version) Dick Burnett The Soggy Bottom Boys 3:10
6. "Hard Time Killing Floor Blues"   Skip James Chris Thomas King 2:42
7. "I Am a Man of Constant Sorrow" (instrumental) Burnett Norman Blake 4:28
8. "Keep On the Sunny Side"   Ada Blenkhorn, J. Howard Entwisle The Whites 3:33
9. "I'll Fly Away"   Albert E. Brumley Alison Krauss, Gillian Welch 3:57
10. "Didn't Leave Nobody but the Baby"   traditional Emmylou Harris, Alison Krauss, Gillian Welch 1:57
11. "In the Highways"   Maybelle Carter The Peasall Sisters 1:35
12. "I Am Weary (Let Me Rest)"   Pete Roberts (Pete Kuykendall) The Cox Family 3:13
13. "I Am a Man of Constant Sorrow" (instrumental) Ed Haley John Hartford 2:34
14. "O Death"   traditional Ralph Stanley 3:19
15. "In the Jailhouse Now"   Blind Blake, Jimmie Rodgers The Soggy Bottom Boys 3:34
16. "I Am a Man of Constant Sorrow" (with band) Burnett The Soggy Bottom Boys 4:16
17. "Indian War Whoop" (instrumental) Hoyt Ming John Hartford 1:30
18. "Lonesome Valley"   traditional The Fairfield Four 4:07
19. "Angel Band"   traditional The Stanley Brothers 2:15

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