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Various Artists

Down From The Mountain – 2001 (Lost Highway)

Reviewed by Jon Weisberger

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If you're one of the 2 million people enjoying the music on the "O Brother!, Where Art Thou?" soundtrack and looking for more of the same, here's a new album that ought to bring a smile to your face. Recorded at a special concert at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium in May 2000, it makes an excellent introduction to the work of many of the "O Brother" artists.

There's not much duplication between the soundtrack and the concert albums the result of the concert producers' decision to ask each artist to supplement their soundtrack contribution with a selection or two of their own. Alison Krauss and her band, Union Station, give a taste of the bluegrass side of their usual concert fare with "Wild Bill Jones" (sung by Dan "George Clooney's singing voice" Tyminski) and the Bill Monroe and Hank Williams-penned "Blue And Lonesome," Gillian Welch and David Rawlings offer two originals, and the Cox Family adds a sweet yet rousing "Will There Be Any Stars In My Crown."

Other artists include bluesman Chris Thomas King, the dynamic Fairfield Four, The Whites, Emmylou Harris and the late John Hartford. Those who were there know that the concert performances were exquisite, and in case you didn't hear them first-hand, this CD wil make you feel as though you did.