Mellencamp, Burnett, King ready "Ghost Brothers"
Thursday, March 21, 2013
– After putting the finishing touches on their long-awaited southern gothic, supernatural musical "Ghost Brothers of Darkland County" (Hear Music/Concord Music Group), Stephen King, John Mellencamp and T Bone Burnett set June 4 as the release date.
The musical's blues 'n roots songs, performed by Elvis Costello, Neko Cash, Rosanne Cash, Sheryl Crow and others, drives this tale of fraternal love, lust, jealousy and revenge, 13 years in the making.
Various formats will be offered:
The 3-disc (2CD/1DVD) Hardcover Edition (distributed by Scribner) with leatherette cover, contains the musical's songs (with and without dialog excerpts), specially printed libretto, liner notes written by noted journalist Alan Light and the Making of Ghost Brothers mini-documentary DVD, featuring in-depth interviews with King, Mellencamp and Burnett along with the digital libretto and other bonus material.
The 2-disc (1CD/1DVD) Deluxe Edition features the musical's songs with dialog excerpts and the digital libretto, along with bonus video including the Making of Ghost Brothers mini documentary and music only digital download card.
The (enhanced CD) Standard Edition features the musical's songs, dialog excerpts, digital libretto and music only digital download card.
iBook Digital Edition allows users to interact in unprecedented ways with the musical's songs + digital libretto, as well as exclusive video and graphic materials.
The songs from will also be available in a music only Standard Digital format.
1. That's Me - Elvis Costello
2. That's Who I Am - Neko Case
3. So Goddamn Smart - Dave Alvin, Phil Alvin, Sheryl Crow
4. Wrong, Wrong, Wrong About Me - Elvis Costello
5. Brotherly Love - Ryan Bingham, Will Dailey
6. How Many Days - Kris Kristofferson
7. You Are Blind - Ryan Bingham
8. Home Again - Sheryl Crow, Dave Alvin, Phil Alvin, Taj Mahal
9. You Don't Know Me - Rosanne Cash
10. My Name Is Joe - Clyde Mulroney
11. Tear This Cabin Down - Taj Mahal
12. And Your Days Are Gone - Sheryl Crow, Dave Alvin, Phil Alvin
13. Jukin' - Sheryl Crow
14. What Kind Of Man Am I - Kris Kristofferson, Phil Alvin, Sheryl Crow, Dave Alvin, Taj Mahal
15. So Goddamn Good - Phil Alvin, Dave Alvin, Sheryl Crow
16. Away From This World - Sheryl Crow
17. Truth - John Mellencamp
More news for John Mellencamp
CD reviews for John Mellencamp
No Better Than This
John Mellencamp continues his latest career resurgence, taking the already lean, steely-eyed roots rock from his prior effort "Life, Death, Love & Freedom and paring it done to the bone. This disc definitely has an interesting back story. Reteaming with "Life, Death" producer T-Bone Burnett, Mellencamp recorded this rather on the fly, during his days off from his tour last year with Bob Dylan and Willie Nelson. Mellencamp did these 13 songs in just 13 days, recording in a Baptist »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk
When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: Trampled by Turtles leads stellar night
The animals ruled, for the most part, led by Trampled by Turtles, in a superb trifecta of music long on musicianship and quality songs.
Trampled by Turtles, who headlined the sterling bill that also included Elephant Revival and Hurray for the Riff Raff (not animalistic unless the "riff raff" act that way), are going through some major sonic changes.... »»»
Concert Review: Goodnight, Texas gets on the map
Goodnight, Texas is a town with a small population - 28 according to the band's web site. So, if anything is going to put the unincorporated dot on the map, it may be the bi-coastal country band that stole the name.
Avi Vinocur, who dwells in San Francisco, and Patrick Dyer Wolf, of North Carolina, are the mainstays of the band with them... »»»
Country News Digest
Elsewhere in the news
Currently at the CST blogs
Trampled By Turtles is an indie folk group, an alt.-country band or a bluegrass act - depending on how you choose to look at them. Perhaps it's best to view the outfit as the ultimate combo platter consisting of just about everything that's good about American music. They play wonderfully, yet they also write intelligent songs that draw everyone from Townes Van Zandt to Nirvana to Ralph Stanley. It's all good, and some (or all) of these influences can be spotted in most of Trampled By Turtles' enjoyable sounds.... »»»
If you move in alt.-country/Americana circles, you simply cannot get away from the name Parker Millsap. He's certainly one of the biggest buzz artists of 2014. Better still, his self-titled album lives up to all the hype. He's a smart songwriter and a passionate singer and is essential listening for anybody looking for high quality contemporary music. Millsap also creates music appealing to a wide variety of musical tastes. You can make a case that he's a country guy, but you can also hear a lot of blues and folk. And if you attempt to put a label on him, he'll quickly tear it right off.... »»»
What a difference a year can make. Last year, Sturgill Simpson was overly anxious about the arrival of his debut album, "High Top Mountain." This year, Simpson is simultaneously anticipating the birth of his debut child and his just-released sophomore album, "Metamodern Sounds in Country Music," and his mood couldn't be more relaxed and joyous.... »»»
It must be frustrating to resophonic artists of the stature of these three that even they still have to on occasion answer the question "What is that thing you're playing?" The number of well-known Dobro players has always seemed to lag behind even the banjo, and even in the "Golden Years" of '50s and '60s country music, the only widely known names were Josh Graves and Pete "Brother Oswald" Kirby. »»»
The Earls of Leicester
In 1946, Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs were integral parts of Bill Monroe's Blue Grass Boys when they recorded a series of singles that most historians of the music consider the "birth of bluegrass" as we know it. Upon leaving to form their own band, The Foggy Mountain Boys (much to Monroe's consternation), they spent most of the 1950s recording one landmark single after another. »»»
The Cowboy Rides Away: Live From AT&T Stadium
George Strait has been one of the most dependable country music stars for three decades. In this day and age, the Texan is a certifiable throwback. He's low key, not a self-promoter. All's he has done is churn out hit after hit for decade after decade. He has not been the kind of artist who put his finger up in the air either or trading his cowboy hat for a baseball cap. When looking up the definition of traditional country, George Strait sits at the top. »»»