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.
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: