O Brother Where Art Thou: The Music

Who couldn’t like a movie where Homer’s Odyssey is set in the depression-era American south?  But what popped into my head lately wasn’t the movie itself, but just the music.  It’s amazing: it brought regional bluegrass to the attention of the mainstream, and everybody was gobsmacked by what we’d been missing.  If you haven’t seen it (or heard it), here’s a few highlights:

Alison Krauss, singing a gospel standard here, also harmonizes as a siren on the track below.

 

Doesn’t everyone do their laundry that way?  I feel like there’s supposed to be a lesson here…

 

In the film, this gravel-soaked threat of a song is used at a Klan meeting!

 

And, of course, the Grammy-winning…

 

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