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King, Mellencamp’s ‘Ghost Brothers’ soundtrack gets release date

Susan V. Booth, artistic director at the Alliance and director of the Atlanta debut of "Ghost Brothers of Darkland County," sat with Stephen King, John Mellencamp and T Bone Burnett last December for a press conference about the musical. Photo: Greg Mooney

Susan V. Booth, artistic director at the Alliance and director of the Atlanta debut of "Ghost Brothers of Darkland County," sat with Stephen King, John Mellencamp and T Bone Burnett last December for a press conference about the musical. Photo: Greg Mooney

Almost a year after “Ghost Brothers of Darkland County” premiered at the Alliance Theatre, the soundtrack to the Stephen King/John Mellencamp/T Bone Burnett collaboration will see the light of day.

Hear Music/Concord Music Group will release the recording on March 19. It’s an all-star affair featuring Elvis Costello, Rosanne Cash, Sheryl Crow, Neko Case, Taj Mahal, Ryan Bingham, Kris Kristofferson, Matthew McConaughey, Samantha Mathis and Meg Ryan, and a deluxe version will also feature King’s complete libretto.

The musical’s April debut at the Alliance was met with mostly good reviews – particularly Mellencamp’s rootsy, rustic songs – though most critics noted that King’s book needed some tweaking.

That could be why a new RollingStone.com story about “Ghost Brothers” calls the Atlanta production a “version of the show,” and later notes that a recent table reading in New York for possible investors ended without any plans to bring the dark musical to Broadway.

In Atlanta, Broadway vets Emily Skinner and Marietta native Shuler Hensley fronted the cast, which also included musician/actors Jake La Botz, Justin Guarini and Dale Watson.

On the soundtrack, which will come in several forms, including one with handwritten lyrics and a mini-documentary DVD, Elvis Costello tackles “That’s Me,” the opening song that sets the tone with its vaguely sinister sneer (hear it below), while Taj Mahal handles the showstopper “Tear This Cabin Down” and also joins Crow and Dave and Phil Alvin on the poignant “Home Again.”

Mellencamp also makes an appearance on the album closer, “Truth.”

Here’s a look at the track listing:

  • “That’s Me,” Elvis Costello (listen below)
  • “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,” Ryan Bingham, Will Dailey
  • “How Many Days,” Kris Kristofferson
  • “You Are Blind,” Ryan Bingham
  • “Home Again,” Sheryl 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,” Sheryl Crow, Dave Alvin, Phil Alvin
  • “Jukin’,” Sheryl Crow
  • “What Kind of Man Am I,” Kris Kristofferson, Phil Alvin, Sheryl Crow Dave Alvin, Taj Mahal
  • “So Goddamn Good,” Phil Alvin, Dave Alvin, Sheryl Crow
  • “Away From This World,” Sheryl Crow
  • “Truth,” John Mellencamp

4 comments Add your comment

wbutler

November 14th, 2012
4:12 pm

This musical did not live up to expectations. I actually felt sorry for the actors and musicians. I still want my money back

david c

November 14th, 2012
4:21 pm

Glad to see the Alvin Brothers all over this thing! True American Rockers to the core!

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