Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Preview: Ghost Brothers of Darkland County - John Mellencamp, Elvis Costello, Kris Kristofferson and Many More

Artist: Various Artists
Title: Ghost Brothers of Darkland County
Release Date: March 13, 2013
Label: N/A
Format(s): CD, DD

Almost three years ago, it was announced that John Mellencamp and Stephen King were writing a musical together and had enlisted help from a long list of artists to record the songs with production by T-Bone Burnett. That album, Ghost Brothers of Darkland County, will finally see its debut on March 13.

Included in the "cast" are Elvis Costello, Kris Kristofferson, Sheryl Crow, Taj Mahal, Rosanne Cash, Neko Case, Dave Alvin and Ryan Bingham along with Meg Ryan and Matthew McConaughey.

When the show was first conceived in 2005, Mellencamp told Billboard about the story line:
The father takes them to the family vacation place, a cabin that the boys hadn’t been to since they were kids. What has happened is that the father had two older brothers who hated each other and killed each other in that cabin. There’s a confederacy of ghosts who also live in this house. The older brothers are there, and they speak to the audience, and they sing to the audience. That’s all I want to say, except through this family vacation, many things are learned about the family, and many interesting songs are sung.
The original soundtrack was conceived as 3-CD set but it appears that has been cutback to just the songs from the show in a single CD version.

Track List:
  • That’s Me - Elvis Costello
  • That’s Who I Am - Neko Case
  • So Goddamn Smart - Dave Alvin, Phil Alvin, Sheryl Crow
  • Wrong, Wrong, Wrong About Me - Elvis Costello
  • Brotherly Love - Frank and Drake
  • How Many Days - Kris Kristofferson
  • You Are Blind - Ryan Bingham
  • Home Again - Sherly Crow, Dave Alvin, Phil Alvin, Taj Mahal
  • What’s Going On Here - Rosanne Cash
  • My Name Is Joe - Clyde Mulroney
  • Tear This Cabin Down - Taj Mahal
  • And Your Days Are Gone - Sherly Crow, Dave Alvin, Phil Alvin
  • Jukin' - Sherly Crow
  • What Kind of Man Am I - Kris Kristofferson, Phil Alvin, Dave Alvin, Sheryl Crow, Taj Mahal
  • So Goddamn Good - Phil Alvin, Dave Alvin, Sheryl Crow
  • Away From This World - Sheryl Crow
  • Truth - John Mellencamp

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