Like its counterpart soundtrack O Brother, Where Art Thou?, the splendid traditional fare on Songcatcher doesn't need visuals to be profound and deeply soul stirring. An independent film set in 1907, Songcatcher tells the story of Dr. Lily Penleric, a prim and proper musicologist who discovers the all-male review board has denied her tenure, whereupon she embarks on an eye-opening -- and ear-opening -- visit to her sister in the Western Mountains of North Carolina. The stellar female voices giving life to an ages-old repertoire ("Barbara Allen," "Wayfarin' Stranger," "Moonshiner," et al.) include those of Rosanne Cash, Julie Miller, Allison Moorer, Emmylou Harris, Iris DeMent, Deana Carter, Gillian Welch, and Maria McKee. Newly written songs in the Appalachian style are contributed by Patty Loveless ("Sounds of Loneliness"), Julie Miller ("All My Tears"), and, notably, Dolly Parton, whose "When Love Is New" (sung with actress Emmy Rossum) is of a piece with the powerful original songs she penned for her The Grass Is Blue and The Little Sparrow bluegrass albums. To say that Songcatcher will stand the test of time is to state the obvious -- it already has.
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- Vanguard Records
Performance CreditsJerry Douglas Guitar (Resonator)
Sam Bush Mandolin
Patty Loveless Track Performer
Dolly Parton Track Performer
Iris DeMent Track Performer
Hazel Dickens Track Performer
Julie Miller Track Performer
Steve Buckingham Dulcimer
Dennis Crouch Bass
Stuart Duncan Fiddle
Larry Franklin Fiddle
Emory Gordy Acoustic Guitar
Tony Harrell Harmonium
David Mansfield Fiddle,Conductor
Dean Parks Guitar
Carmella Ramsey Fiddle,Background Vocals
Deanie Richardson Fiddle,Mandolin
Tammy Rogers Fiddle
Darrell Scott Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Mandolin
Jeff White Acoustic Guitar,Background Vocals
Glenn Worf Upright Bass
Chris Farren Percussion,Background Vocals
Deana Carter Background Vocals
Gillian Welch Banjo
Sara Evans Track Performer
Bryan Sutton Guitar
Allison Moorer Track Performer
Tracy Hackney Dulcimer
Technical CreditsRosanne Cash Arranger
Steve Buckingham Producer
Neal Cappellino Engineer
Emory Gordy Producer
John Leventhal Arranger,Producer,Engineer,Instrumentation
David Mansfield Arranger,Programming,Producer,Engineer,Adaptation,Instrumentation
Steve Marcantonio Engineer
Gary Paczosa Engineer
Dennis Ritchie Engineer
David Thoener Engineer
Chris Farren Arranger,Producer
Gillian Welch Arranger,Producer
David Rawlings Arranger,Producer,Engineer
Georgette Cartwright Creative Services Coordinator
Glen Neibaur Engineer
Chris Covert Producer
Ken Levitan Producer
John Saylor Engineer
Kimberly Levitan Art Direction
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City slickers and hillbillies alike will love these songs sung in the Appalachian style ;-) Many of them are old English folk songs that came to America with the settlers and the narratives differ so much from lyrics penned today it's just plain fun to hear them, plus the female vocals will blow you away. So real, so powerful, so good - these women don't need a studio filled with sound engineers to make up for starved anorexic voices.
Having just seen the movie, I quickly started to look for the music of my own youth. The truth from the folks who were born to it with melodies washing over them constantly from cradle to grave. Tears of truth and roots of real love and wonderment of their hearts live forever in their songs.
The emergence of ''O Brother Where Art Thou'' made me fall in love with that which I always considered ''country music for hayseeds and hillbillies''. I completed fell in love with bluegrass. The soundtrack to ''Songcatcher'' has the same appeal as ''O Brother'', with mainly female artists. It hasn't left my CD player since I purchased it. Although the version of ''O Death'' doesn't hold a candle to the version on the OBWAT soundtrack, I highly recommend ''Songcatcher''. I especially adore track # 6, ''Wayfarin' Stranger'' by Maria McKee. What a voice!
This CD sends the listener back to the days of pure, simple, expressive music. It's a joy to listen to and a great relaxation tool.
Most of the singers sounded authentic, not trained voices,but telling the stories with feeling. If Emmy Rossum does not have a CD out with "Barbara Allen" and others, she should. The character, Earl, was a surprise when he awoke from being knocked out and sang the first verse of "A Conversation With Death". Some of the accents were authentic, but the young man who worked for the school, and who ultimately burned the school, used a non-mountain accent, especially noticed when he said, "Where'd you get that fancy thing?" To earn her Oscar in "CoalMiner's Daughter", Sissy Spacek spent a lot of time with Loretta Lynn and learned the accent. She only made one blunder, which surprised me that it was allowed to pass, when she said, "They just die. They all die." These characters would have sounded more realistic if they learned the southern mountain way of pronouncing vowels.
I don't think that what you are showing available is the ORIGINAL soundtrack from the movie that I have watched , with pure delight,numerous times on TV. Was there an original soundtrack made available and if so where might I purchase it. Thank You
Maybe I misheard. But this was not the movie's soundtrack. The treatment was modernized and was tolerable. But the changes took some of the guts and heart out of many of the songs. A few, however, still shine through.
What a piece of history. Music gets your hands clappin' and feet moving. The movie and sound track are fantastic. Not being a ''blue grass'' listener, the music moves you into a different time; a relaxed, not rushed time; a simpler time. Pure enjoyment.