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Encyclopedia > O Brother, Where Art Thou? (soundtrack)
O Brother, Where Art Thou?
O Brother, Where Art Thou? cover
Soundtrack by Various Artists
Released December 5, 2000
Genre Soundtrack
Length 61:24
Label Mercury Records
Producer(s) T-Bone Burnett
Professional reviews

O Brother, Where Art Thou? is the soundtrack of music from the movie O Brother, Where Art Thou? an American film starring George Clooney. Set in Mississippi during the Great Depression, three friends escape from a prison chain gang and search for fortune and love. The adventure is (very) loosely based on Homer's Odyssey, which the Coen brothers confessed to having never read. Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ... // In film formats, the sound track is the physical area of the film which records the synchronized sound. ... December 5 is the 339th day (340th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... // In film formats, the sound track is the physical area of the film which records the synchronized sound. ... This does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Mercury Records was a record label founded in Chicago, Illinois in 1945 by Irving Green, Berle Adams and Arthur Talmadge. ... In the music industry, a record producer (or music producer) has many roles, among them controlling the recording sessions, coaching and guiding the musicians, organizing and scheduling production budget and resources, and supervising the recording, mixing and mastering processes. ... [[]] The True False Identity, 2006. ... The All Music Guide (AMG) is a metadata database about music owned by All Media Guide. ... Image File history File links 4. ... // In film formats, the sound track is the physical area of the film which records the synchronized sound. ... Film is a term that encompasses individual motion pictures, the field of film as an art form, and the motion picture industry. ... O Brother, Where Art Thou? is a comedy film written and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen, set in Mississippi during the Great Depression (specifically, 1937). ... George Clooney (born May 6, 1955) is an Academy Award and ten-time Golden Globe winning American actor, director, producer and screenwriter, known for his role in the first ten seasons of the long-running television drama ER (1994–99), and his rise as an A-List movie star in... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The Great Depression was a time of economic down turn, which started after the stock market crash on October 29, 1929, known as Black Tuesday. ... A chain gang of convicts going to work near Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. ... Homer (Greek: , ) was an early Greek poet and aoidos (rhapsode) traditionally credited with the composition of the Iliad and the Odyssey. ... Beginning of the Odyssey The Odyssey (Greek Οδύσσεια (Odússeia) ) is one of the two major ancient Greek epic poems attributed to the Ionian poet Homer. ...


The soundtrack uses U.S. music from the era when the film is set (American roots music): music appropriate to that time and place, a marked break from standard Hollywood practice. The score, produced by T-Bone Burnett, prominently features bluegrass, gospel, blues and country music. With the exception of a few vintage tracks (such as Harry McClintock's 1930s single "Big Rock Candy Mountain"), most tracks were new recordings by musicians that play in the vintage style, adding an ironic twist to the soundtrack. The tracks are by such artists as Dan Tyminski, Jerry Douglas, John Hartford, Gillian Welch, Ralph Stanley, Alison Krauss, The Fairfield Four and Norman Blake. American roots music is a broad category of music including country music, bluegrass, gospel, ragtime, jug bands, Appalachian folk, blues, Tejano and Cajun and Native American music. ... ... [[]] The True False Identity, 2006. ... Bluegrass music is a form of American roots music which has its own roots in Irish, Scottish and English traditional music. ... Gospel music is a musical genre characterized by dominant vocals (often with strong use of harmony) referencing lyrics of a religious nature, particularly Christian. ... Blues is a vocal and instrumental form of music based on the use of the blue notes and a repetitive pattern that most often follows a twelve-bar structure. ... This article includes a list of works cited but its sources remain unclear because it lacks in-text citations. ... Harry McClintock, also known as Haywire Mac, was a composer well known for his song Big Rock Candy Mountain. ... Big Rock Candy Mountain is a song about a hobos idea of paradise. ... Dan Tyminski is a bluegrass composer, vocalist, and instrumentalist. ... Jerry Douglas is an actor, who has been on The Young and the Restless for 25 years. ... John Cowan Hartford (December 30, 1937– June 4, 2001) was an American bluegrass composer and musician known for his mastery of the fiddle and banjo, as well as for his witty lyrics and unique vocal style. ... Gillian Welch Gillian Welch (born October 2, 1967 in New York City) is a singer-songwriter whose musical style combines elements of bluegrass, neotraditional country, Americana, old time string band music and folk into a rustic style that she dubs American Primitive. All of her recordings feature the close-harmonies... Ralph Stanley (born February 25, 1927) is an American bluegrass musician. ... Alison Krauss (born July 23, 1971 in Decatur, Illinois)[1] is an American bluegrass/country singer and fiddle player. ... Norman Blake (March 10, 1938- ) is an American folk instrumentalist, singer, and composer. ...


Contrary to the Hollywood "common wisdom" that non-contemporary music alienates audiences, the soundtrack CD became a best seller, with more than 5 million copies sold. It won the Grammy Award for Album of the Year, the Grammy Award for Best Country Collaboration with Vocals (for singer Dan Tyminski, whose voice overdubbed George Clooney's in the film on "I Am a Man of Constant Sorrow", and Nashville songwriter Harley Allen and the Nashville Bluegrass Band's Pat Enright), and the Grammy Award for Best Male Country Vocal Performance for "O, Death" by Ralph Stanley. Many considered the wins for the soundtrack at the Grammys to be a somewhat of a deserving upset because it was not favored to win in many categories, especially Album of the Year and Best Male Country Vocal Performance, but many were quick to acknowledge afterward that their wins were deserved. The soundtrack is credited in reviving interest in American bluegrass music. The Grammy Award for Album of the Year is the most prestigious award category. ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ... The Grammy Award for Best Country Collaboration with Vocals was first awarded in 1988. ... Dan Tyminski is a bluegrass composer, vocalist, and instrumentalist. ... George Clooney (born May 6, 1955) is an Academy Award and ten-time Golden Globe winning American actor, director, producer and screenwriter, known for his role in the first ten seasons of the long-running television drama ER (1994–99), and his rise as an A-List movie star in... Man of Constant Sorrow is a traditional American folk song written originally by Dick Burnett, a blind fiddler from Kentucky. ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ... The Grammy Award for Best Male Country Vocal Performance has been awarded since 1965. ... Ralph Stanley (born February 25, 1927) is an American bluegrass musician. ...


The artists on the soundtrack also played a concert at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee, which was recorded in the documentary film, Down from the Mountain. The Ryman Auditorium The Ryman Auditorium is a 2,362-seat live performance venue located at 116 Fifth Avenue North in Nashville, Tennessee, and is best-known as the one-time home of the Grand Ole Opry. ... Nickname: Location in Davidson County and the state of Tennessee Coordinates: Country United States State Tennessee Counties Davidson County Founded: 1779 Incorporated: 1806 Government  - Mayor Bill Purcell (D) Area  - City  526. ... Documentary film is a broad category of visual expression that is based on the attempt, in one fashion or another, to document reality. ... Down from the Mountain is a 2000 documentary and concert film featuring a live performance by artists who participated in the Grammy-winning soundtrack for the Joel and Ethan Coen film, O Brother, Where Art Thou? The concert, held on May 24, 2000 at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee...

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Track listing

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

Lomax playing guitar on stage at the Mountain Music Festival, Asheville, North Carolina, sometime between 1939 and 1950. ... James Carter is credited as a performer on the soundtrack of the film O Brother, Where Art Thou?, despite not being a professional singer. ... Big Rock Candy Mountain is a song about a hobos idea of paradise. ... Harry McClintock, also known as Haywire Mac, was a composer well known for his song Big Rock Candy Mountain. ... You Are My Sunshine is a popular song first recorded about 1940. ... Jimmie Davis James Houston Davis, better known as Jimmie Davis, (September 11, 1899 - November 5, 2000) was a noted singer of both sacred and popular songs who served two nonconsecutive terms as a Democratic governor of Louisiana in the mid-twentieth century. ... Charles Mitchell is a songwriter, best known as a collaborator with Jimmie Davis. ... Norman Blake (March 10, 1938- ) is an American folk instrumentalist, singer, and composer. ... Live is the first all-live album and the eleventh album in total by Alison Krauss and Union Station. ... “Folk song” redirects here. ... Alison Krauss (born July 23, 1971 in Decatur, Illinois)[1] is an American bluegrass/country singer and fiddle player. ... Man of Constant Sorrow is a traditional American folk song written originally by Dick Burnett, a blind fiddler from Kentucky. ... Carter Stanley (left) performing with his brother Ralph. ... The Soggy Bottom Boys are the fictitious Depression era bluegrass trio from the movie O Brother, Where Art Thou?. Their hit single is Man of Constant Sorrow, which, interestingly, also became a surprise hit single in real life. ... Dan Tyminski is a bluegrass composer, vocalist, and instrumentalist. ... Nehemiah Curtis Skip James (June 21, 1902 – October 3, 1969) was an American blues singer, guitarist, pianist and songwriter. ... Chris Thomas King (born October 14, 1964 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana) is an New Orleans Louisiana based blues musician and actor. ... Norman Blake (March 10, 1938- ) is an American folk instrumentalist, singer, and composer. ... A.P. Carter (December 15, 1891 – November 7, 1960) was an American Country music musician. ... The Whites are an American country music vocal group consisting of Buck White and his daughters Sharon and Cheryl. ... Ill Fly Away, written by Albert E. Brumley in 1929 [1], is a famous hymn most associated with American Baptists[2] and the Church of Christ. ... Albert Edward Brumley was a shape note gospel music composer and publisher. ... Alison Krauss (born July 23, 1971 in Decatur, Illinois)[1] is an American bluegrass/country singer and fiddle player. ... Gillian Welch Gillian Welch (born October 2, 1967 in New York City) is a singer-songwriter whose musical style combines elements of bluegrass, neotraditional country, Americana, old time string band music and folk into a rustic style that she dubs American Primitive. All of her recordings feature the close-harmonies... Lomax playing guitar on stage at the Mountain Music Festival, Asheville, North Carolina, sometime between 1939 and 1950. ... [[]] The True False Identity, 2006. ... Gillian Welch Gillian Welch (born October 2, 1967 in New York City) is a singer-songwriter whose musical style combines elements of bluegrass, neotraditional country, Americana, old time string band music and folk into a rustic style that she dubs American Primitive. All of her recordings feature the close-harmonies... Emmylou Harris (b. ... Alison Krauss (born July 23, 1971 in Decatur, Illinois)[1] is an American bluegrass/country singer and fiddle player. ... Gillian Welch Gillian Welch (born October 2, 1967 in New York City) is a singer-songwriter whose musical style combines elements of bluegrass, neotraditional country, Americana, old time string band music and folk into a rustic style that she dubs American Primitive. All of her recordings feature the close-harmonies... Maybelle Carter (May 10, 1909 – October 23, 1978) was an American Country music musician. ... The Cox Family is an North American Bluegrass family group from Cotton Valley, LA, USA. // Evelyn Cox - guitar, vocals (born ?, ?) Lynn Cox - vocals (born ?, ?) Sidney Cox - banjo, dobro, guitar, vocals (born ?, ?) Suzanne Cox - mandolin, vocals (born ?, ?) Willard Cox - fiddle, vocals (born ?, ?) The Cox Family first began performing regularly together at... James Edward Ed Haley was born in 1883 on Harts Creek in Logan County, West Virginia. ... John Cowan Hartford (December 30, 1937– June 4, 2001) was an American bluegrass composer and musician known for his mastery of the fiddle and banjo, as well as for his witty lyrics and unique vocal style. ... Ralph Stanley (born February 25, 1927) is an American bluegrass musician. ... Jimmie Rodgers was the name of two singers: Jimmie Rodgers (country singer) Jimmie Rodgers (pop singer) Jimmie Rodgers (SPC Deputy Director General) Note that there was also a Jimmy Rogers (note the spelling), a blues singer born in 1924. ... The Soggy Bottom Boys are the fictitious Depression era bluegrass trio from the movie O Brother, Where Art Thou?. Their hit single is Man of Constant Sorrow, which, interestingly, also became a surprise hit single in real life. ... Tim Blake Nelson (born 1964, Tulsa, Oklahoma) is an American actor and film director. ... Carter Stanley (left) performing with his brother Ralph. ... The Soggy Bottom Boys are the fictitious Depression era bluegrass trio from the movie O Brother, Where Art Thou?. Their hit single is Man of Constant Sorrow, which, interestingly, also became a surprise hit single in real life. ... Dan Tyminski is a bluegrass composer, vocalist, and instrumentalist. ... John Cowan Hartford (December 30, 1937– June 4, 2001) was an American bluegrass composer and musician known for his mastery of the fiddle and banjo, as well as for his witty lyrics and unique vocal style. ... Angel Band was an acoustic collection of gospel songs by Emmylou Harris, released in late 1987. ... Carter and Ralph Stanley The Stanley Brothers (Carter Stanley, 1925-1966, and Ralph Stanley, born 1927) - American bluegrass musicians. ...

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Personnel

Norman Blake (March 10, 1938- ) is an American folk instrumentalist, singer, and composer. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Harry Belafonte singing, photograph by C. van Vechten Singing is the act of producing musical sounds with the voice, which is often contrasted with speech. ... Jerry Douglas is an actor, who has been on The Young and the Restless for 25 years. ... A modern Gibson Dobro Dobro is a trade name now owned by Gibson Guitar Corporation and used for a particular design of resonator guitar. ... Alison Krauss (born July 23, 1971 in Decatur, Illinois)[1] is an American bluegrass/country singer and fiddle player. ... Harmony is the use and study of pitch simultaneity, and therefore chords, actual or implied, in music. ... Carter and Ralph Stanley The Stanley Brothers (Carter Stanley, 1925-1966, and Ralph Stanley, born 1927) - American bluegrass musicians. ... Ralph Stanley (born February 25, 1927) is an American bluegrass musician. ... Sam Bush Sam Bush (b. ... A mandolin is a small, stringed musical instrument which is plucked, strummed or a combination of both. ... Emmylou Harris (b. ... John Cowan Hartford (December 30, 1937– June 4, 2001) was an American bluegrass composer and musician known for his mastery of the fiddle and banjo, as well as for his witty lyrics and unique vocal style. ... The violin is a bowed string instrument with four strings tuned in perfect fifths. ... The Fairfield Four is a gospel quintet featured briefly in the motion picture O Brother, Where Art Thou?. They started as a duet in the Fairfield Baptist Church in Nashville, TN. Performances on the Prairie Home Companion Discography and history Category: ... The Whites are an American country music vocal group consisting of Buck White and his daughters Sharon and Cheryl. ... James Edward Ed Haley was born in 1883 on Harts Creek in Logan County, West Virginia. ... In music, an arrangement refers either to a rewriting of a piece of existing music with additional new material or to a fleshing-out of a compositional sketch, such as a lead sheet. ... The Whites are an American country music vocal group consisting of Buck White and his daughters Sharon and Cheryl. ... Mike Compton (born September 18, 1970) is a former NFL guard who played twelve seasons in the NFL from 1993-2004. ... Lomax playing guitar on stage at the Mountain Music Festival, Asheville, North Carolina, sometime between 1939 and 1950. ... The Cox Family is an North American Bluegrass family group from Cotton Valley, LA, USA. // Evelyn Cox - guitar, vocals (born ?, ?) Lynn Cox - vocals (born ?, ?) Sidney Cox - banjo, dobro, guitar, vocals (born ?, ?) Suzanne Cox - mandolin, vocals (born ?, ?) Willard Cox - fiddle, vocals (born ?, ?) The Cox Family first began performing regularly together at... Categories: Possible copyright violations ... Side and front views of a modern double bass with a French bow. ... Categories: Possible copyright violations ... For other uses, see Banjo (disambiguation) A modern 5-string banjo The banjo is a stringed instrument of African American origin adapted from several African instruments. ... [[]] The True False Identity, 2006. ... In the music industry, a record producer (or music producer) has many roles, among them controlling the recording sessions, coaching and guiding the musicians, organizing and scheduling production budget and resources, and supervising the recording, mixing and mastering processes. ... The Cox Family is an North American Bluegrass family group from Cotton Valley, Louisiana, USA. // Evelyn Cox - guitar, vocals (born ?, ?) Lynn Cox - vocals (born ?, ?) Sidney Cox - banjo, dobro, guitar, vocals (born ?, ?) Suzanne Cox - mandolin, vocals (born ?, ?) Willard Cox - fiddle, vocals (born ?, ?) The Cox Family first began performing regularly together at... Suzanne Cox is an English aerobic instructor. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... James J. Hill (September 16, 1838 – May 29, 1916), was a noted American railroad tycoon. ... Harry McClintock, also known as Haywire Mac, was a composer well known for his song Big Rock Candy Mountain. ... Image:Tim OBrien. ... Maura OConnells 1995 album, Stories Maura OConnell (born 16 November 1958 in Ennis County Clare, Ireland) is a singer known for blending Celtic and folk sounds and filtering them through contempotary American country music. ... Carter Stanley (left) performing with his brother Ralph. ... Dan Tyminski is a bluegrass composer, vocalist, and instrumentalist. ... The Whites are an American country music vocal group consisting of Buck White and his daughters Sharon and Cheryl. ... The Whites are an American country music vocal group consisting of Buck White and his daughters Sharon and Cheryl. ... For other persons named Sam Phillips, see Sam Phillips (disambiguation). ... Gillian Welch Gillian Welch (born October 2, 1967 in New York City) is a singer-songwriter whose musical style combines elements of bluegrass, neotraditional country, Americana, old time string band music and folk into a rustic style that she dubs American Primitive. All of her recordings feature the close-harmonies... Chris Thomas King (born October 14, 1964 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana) is an New Orleans Louisiana based blues musician and actor. ... David Rawlings is a professional guitarist best known as the longtime musical partner, and husband of bluegrass singer-songwriter Gillian Welch. ... The Soggy Bottom Boys are the fictitious Depression era bluegrass trio from the movie O Brother, Where Art Thou?. Their hit single is Man of Constant Sorrow, which, interestingly, also became a surprise hit single in real life. ... Tim Blake Nelson (born May 11, 1964) is an American character actor and film director. ... James Carter is credited as a performer on the soundtrack of the film O Brother, Where Art Thou?, despite not being a professional singer. ...

U.S. album chart success

  • Billboard:
    • 2001
      • No. 1 on The Billboard 200
      • No. 1 on Top Country Albums
      • No. 38 on Top Internet Albums
      • No. 1 on Top Soundtracks
    • 2002
      • No. 1 on The Billboard 200
      • No. 3 on Top Canadian Albums
      • No. 1 on Top Country Albums
      • No. 38 on Top Internet Albums
      • No. 1 on Top Soundtracks

The only single to chart was "Man of Constant Sorrow", which peaked at #38 on Billboard's Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart. Billboard is a weekly American magazine devoted to the music industry. ...


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Preceded by
Under Rug Swept by Alanis Morissette
Billboard 200 Number 1 Album
March 23, 2002 - April 5, 2002
Succeeded by
Now 9 by Various Artists

 
 

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