|O Brother, Where Art Thou?|
| Soundtrack album by |
|Released||December 5, 2000|
|Recorded||(modern tracks) Spring 1999|
|Studio||Sound Emporium, Nashville|
|Producer||T Bone Burnett|
O Brother, Where Art Thou? is the soundtrack album of music from the 2000 American film of the same name, written, directed and produced by the Coen Brothers and starring George Clooney, John Turturro, Tim Blake Nelson, and John Goodman.
The film is set in Mississippi during the Great Depression. The soundtrack, produced by T-Bone Burnett, uses bluegrass, country, gospel, blues, and folk music appropriate to the time period. With the exception of a few vintage tracks (such as Harry McClintock's 1928 single "Big Rock Candy Mountain"), most tracks are modern recordings.
The soundtrack was reissued on August 23, 2011, with 14 new tracks that were not included in the original album, "including 12 previously unreleased cuts from music producer T-Bone Burnett's O Brother sessions."
The soundtrack was conceived as a major component of the film, not merely as a background or support. For this reason it was decided to record the soundtrack before filming.T-Bone Burnett was invited to design collections of music.
Dirges and other macabre songs recurring in Appalachian music,such as "O Death," "Lonesome Valley," "Angel Band," and "I Am Weary", appear in the film as a contrast to the bright, cheerful songs like "Keep On the Sunnyside" and "In the Highways." Ralph Stanley of The Stanley Brothers personally recorded the a cappella folk song "O Death."
"I Am a Man of Constant Sorrow" has five variations: two are used in the film, one in the music video, and two in the album. Two of the variations feature the verses being sung back-to-back, and the other three variations feature additional music between each verse.The voices of the Soggy Bottom Boys were provided by Dan Tyminski (lead vocal on "I Am a Man of Constant Sorrow"), Nashville songwriter Harley Allen, and the Nashville Bluegrass Band's Pat Enright.
O Brother, Where Art Thou? won the Grammy Award for Album of the Year in 2002, 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", 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.
The album won the Album of the Year Award (only the second soundtrack to ever do so) and Single of the Year Award for "I Am a Man of Constant Sorrow" at the Country Music Association Awards.It also won the Album of the Year Award at the Academy of Country Music Awards and took home 2 International Bluegrass Music Awards: Album of the Year and Gospel Recorded Performance of the Year (for Alison Krauss and Gillian Welch on "I'll Fly Away").
In 2006, the album ranked No. 38 on CMT's 40 Greatest Albums in Country Music. In 2009, Rhapsody ranked it No. 8 on the "Country's Best Albums of the Decade" list.Engine 145 Country Music Blog ranked it No. 5 on the "Country's Best Albums of the Decade" list. In 2010, All Songs Considered , a program on NPR, included the soundtrack on their list of "The Decade's 50 Most Important Recordings."
Some of the artists on the soundtrack played a concert at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee, which was recorded in the 2000 documentary film, Down from the Mountain .
On August 23, 2011, a 10th anniversary edition was released featuring a bonus disc with 14 new tracks that were not included in the original album, all but two of which were previously unreleased songs from Burnett's original sessions.
The album charted at No. 1 on Billboard 200 In 2001, and spent over 20 weeks on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart. The soundtrack CD became a best seller; it was first certified Gold by the RIAA on February 9, 2001, and reached 8 times Platinum by October 10, 2007.It has sold 8,175,800 copies in the United States as of October 2019.
|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"||Lloyd Chandler||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|
|10th Anniversary Deluxe Edition bonus disc|
|1.||"Hard Time Killing Floor Blues"||Colin Linden||1:15|
|2.||"You Are My Sunshine"||Alan O'Bryant||3:29|
|3.||"Tishomingo Blues"||John Hartford||2:01|
|4.||"I'll Fly Away"||Erik Darling and The Kossoy Sisters||2:32|
|5.||"Big Rock Candy Mountain"||Van Dyke Parks||1:42|
|6.||"Tom Devil"||Ed Lewis & The Prisoners||5:19|
|7.||"Keep On The Sunny Side"||The Cox Family||2:36|
|8.||"Angel Band"||Hannah, Leah, Sarah Peasall and Robert Hamlett||0:58|
|9.||"Big Rock Candy Mountain"||Norman Blake||2:18|
|10.||"Little Sadie"||Norman Blake||1:50|
|11.||"In the Highways"||The Cox Family||2:12|
|13.||"The Lord Will Make A Way"||The Fairfield Four||2:36|
|14.||"In The Jailhouse Now"||Harley Allen||3:05|
|Australian Albums (ARIA)||15|
|Canadian Albums Chart||3|
|French Albums (SNEP)||9|
|German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)||87|
|New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)||14|
|U.S. Billboard 200||1|
|U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums||1|
|U.S. Billboard Top Soundtracks||1|
|2002||"Man of Constant Sorrow"||35|
|Canada (Music Canada)||4× Platinum||400,000^|
|United Kingdom (BPI)||Platinum||300,000^|
|United States (RIAA)||8× Platinum||8,175,800|
*sales figures based on certification alone
[With] some superb country-blues fiddling from John Hartford and a couple of breezy, close-harmony stunners from the Cox Family.