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O Brother, Where Art Thou? (soundtrack)

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O Brother, Where Art Thou? was an American film starring George Clooney. Set in the rural South of the United States in the early 20th century, three friends escape from a prison chain gang[?] and search for fortune and love. The adventure is based on Homer's Odyssey.

The setting for O Brother, Where Art Thou? is the United States rural south during the Great Depression. The soundtrack uses American roots music: music appropriate to that time and place, a marked break from the current Hollywood practice. The score, produced by T-Bone Burnett, prominently features bluegrass, gospel, blues and country music from such artists as John Hartford, Gillian Welch[?], Ralph Stanley[?], Alison Krauss[?], The Fairfield Four[?] and Norman Blake[?]. Contrary to the Hollywood "common wisdom" that non-contemporary music alienates audiences, the soundtrack CD became a best seller.

Track listing

  1. Po Lazarus performed by James Carter - 4:31
  2. Big Rock Candy Mountain performed by Harry McClintock - 2:16
  3. You Are My Sunshine performed by Norman Blake - 4:26
  4. Down in the River to Pray performed by Alison Krauss - 2:55
  5. Man of Constant Sorrow performed by Soggy Bottom Boys/Dan Tyminski - 4:16
  6. Hard Time Killing Floor Blues performed by King, Chris Thomas - 2:42
  7. Man of Constant Sorrow performed by Norman Blake - 4:28
  8. Keep on the Sunny Side performed by Whites - 3:33
  9. I'll Fly Away performed by Alison Krauss/Gillian Welch - 3:57
  10. Didn't Leave Nobody but the Baby performed by Emmylou Harris/Alison Krauss/Gillian Welch - 1:57
  11. In the Highways performed by Leah Peasall/Sarah Peasall/Hannah Peasall - 1:35
  12. I Am Weary, Let Me Rest performed by Cox Family - 3:13
  13. Man of Constant Sorrow performed by John Hartford - 2:34
  14. O Death performed by Ralph Stanley - 3:19
  15. In the Jailhouse Now performed by Soggy Bottom Boys/Tim Nelson - 3:34
  16. Man of Constant Sorrow [alternatetake] performed by Soggy Bottom Boys/Dan Tyminski - 4:16
  17. Indian War Whoop performed by John Hartford - 1:30
  18. Lonesome Valley performed by Fairfield Four - 4:07
  19. Angel Band performed by Stanley Brothers - 2:15

Personnel

  • Norman Blake - Performer
  • Jerry Douglas - Dobro
  • Alison Krauss[?] - Vocals, Harmony Vocals
  • The Stanley Brothers - Performer
  • Ralph Stanley - Performer
  • Sam Bush - Mandolin
  • Emmylou Harris - Performer
  • John Hartford - Fiddle, Vocals
  • The Fairfield Four - Performer
  • Buck White - Mandolin, Vocals, Harmony Vocals
  • Ed Haley - Arranger
  • The Whites - Performer
  • Mike Compton[?] - Guitar, Mandolin
  • Alan Lomax - Arranger
  • The Cox Family - Performer
  • Harley Allen - Vocals, Harmony Vocals
  • Barry Bales - Bass
  • Ron Block - Banjo
  • Curtis Burch - Dobro
  • T-Bone Burnett - Arranger, Producer
  • Evelyn Cox - Guitar
  • Sidney Cox - Banjo, Vocals, Harmony Vocals
  • Suzanne Cox - Mandolin, Vocals
  • Willard Cox - Vocals, Harmony Vocals
  • Stuart Duncan - Fiddle
  • Pat Enright - Vocals, Harmony Vocals, Yodeling
  • Isaac Freeman - Bass, Vocals, Lead
  • James Hill - Vocals
  • Harry McClintock - Performer
  • Tim O'Brien - Vocals
  • Maura O'Connell - Vocals
  • Carter Stanley - Arranger
  • Dan Tyminski - Guitar, Vocals
  • Wilson Waters - Sax (Tenor), Vocals
  • Cheryl White - Bass, Vocals, Harmony Vocals
  • Sharon White - Guitar, Vocals
  • Robert K. Oermann - Liner Notes
  • Sam Phillips - Vocals
  • Gillian Welch - Arranger, Vocals
  • Dub Cornett - Vocals
  • Chris Thomas King - Guitar, Vocals
  • Norman Blake - Guitar, Vocals
  • David Rawlings - Vocals
  • Gavin Lurssen - Mastering
  • Mike Piersante - Mixing
  • First Baptist Church of Norfolk Choir - Vocals
  • Chris Sharp - Guitar
  • Nathaniel Best - Lead
  • Robert Hamlett - Vocals
  • Joseph Rice - Vocals
  • Sarah Peasall - Vocals, Harmony Vocals
  • Soggy Bottom Boys - Performer
  • Tim Blake Nelson - Vocals, Performer
  • Hannah Peasall - Vocals
  • Leah Peasall - Vocals, Harmony Vocals
  • James Carter And The Prisoners - Performer

U.S. album chart success Billboard[?]:

 2001	O Brother, Where Art Thou?	The Billboard 200	     No. 1
 2001	O Brother, Where Art Thou?	Top Country Albums	     No. 1
 2001	O Brother, Where Art Thou?	Top Internet Album           No. 40
 2001	O Brother, Where Art Thou?	Top Soundtracks	             No. 1
 2001	O Brother, Where Art Thou?	The Billboard 200            No. 1
 2001	O Brother, Where Art Thou?	Top Country Albums	     No. 1
 2001	O Brother, Where Art Thou?	Top Internet Albums          No. 38
 2001	O Brother, Where Art Thou?	Top Soundtracks	             No. 1
 2002	O Brother, Where Art Thou?	The Billboard 200	     No. 1
 2002	O Brother, Where Art Thou?	Top Canadian Albums	     No. 3
 2002	O Brother, Where Art Thou?	Top Country Albums	     No. 1
 2002	O Brother, Where Art Thou?	Top Internet Albums	     No. 40
 2002	O Brother, Where Art Thou?	Top Soundtracks	             No. 1
 2002	O Brother, Where Art Thou?	Top Internet Albums	     No. 38

The only single to chart was "Man of Constant Sorrow", which peaked at #38 on the Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart.



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