O Brother, Where Art Thou? (Soundtrack)
by Various Artists
Released: Dec 2000
Label: Mercury Nashville
Is this the album that launched an Americana revival? In a word, yes. Hungry for music that wasn't made by focus groups, consumers made this soundtrack a surprise hit in 2000. Record execs were left scratching their heads, but everybody else was thrilling to Ralph Stanley's raw rendering of "O Death" and Alison Krauss's luminous "Down to the River to Pray."