Roots Music On Screen & Stage
by Justin Farrar | June 5, 2013
Our Roots Music On Screen & Stage playlist spotlights notable examples of film and theater that incorporate elements of old time, country, blues, Americana and even indigenous folk music. Beginning with a moody, Elvis Costello-featured selection from Ghost Brothers of Darkland County (the new Southern Gothic musical from the unlikely team of Stephen King, John Mellencamp and T Bone Burnett), it winds its way through many of the most beloved soundtracks, scores and cast recordings of the last 20 years, including O Brother, Where Art Thou?, Buena Vista Social Club, The Hunger Games, True Grit and Martin Scorsese's epic Bob Dylan documentary No Direction Home.
But this extensive playlist also benefits from considerable crate-digging, featuring unearthed music from older titles such as Coal Miner's Daughter, Matewan, Pat Garrett & Billy The Kid (featuring cult guitarist Bruce Langhorne), Deliverance and Ry Cooder's profoundly haunting score for German director Wim Wenders' Paris, Texas. Oh, and be sure to keep your ears open for a tiny (yet tasty) nugget from legendary composer Ennio Morricone, whose use of acoustic guitar, harmonica and yodeling in the classic spaghetti western The Good, The Bad & The Ugly forever changed how folk instrumentation was utilized in cinema. Excellent stuff.