Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Stephen King wrote a musical, and a ton of Texans contributed to the soundtrack
Special editions of the album with dialogue and the libretto drop on June 4.
Ghost Brothers of Darkland County production trailer
Stephen King, John Mellencamp, and Fort Worth’s own T Bone Burnett have been collaborating for some time — 13 years, to be exact — on a Southern Gothic, supernatural musical called Ghost Brothers of Darkland County. The musical had a short run at the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta last spring, and now a soundtrack is coming out. In a press release, the show is described as having a blues-and-roots musical backdrop for its “haunting tale of fraternal love, lust, jealousy, and revenge.”
Musicians whose work appears on the CD will include Elvis Costello, Neko Case, Kris Kristofferson, Ryan Bingham, Roseanne Cash, Taj Mahal, Sheryl Crow, and Mellencamp. King wrote the book for the show, and Burnett provided musical direction. Uvalde native Matthew McConaughey, Samantha Mathis, and Meg Ryan are also involved. You’ll be able to get special editions of the CD, which comes out June 4, that include dialogue, the libretto, and more.
Here’s Neko Case’s “That’s Who I Am,” from the soundtrack:
Neko Case's "That's Who I Am"
And the official trailer for the CD: