“O Brother Where Art Thou?” is one of the Coen Brothers’ most crowd-pleasing films, but it’s not just for the creative re-imagining of Homer’s “The Odyssey” as a Depression-era Southern fable starring George Clooney, John Turturro and Tim Blake Nelson as escaped convicts. It’s also for what happened after the cons on the run manage to reinvent themselves as bluegrass musical sensations, The Soggy Bottom Boys. Their rendition of a “I Am A Man Of Constant Sorry,” a traditional American folk song — first recorded by Dick Burnett, a partially blind fiddler from Kentucky — was a toe-tapping ear worm that took the movie from the silver screen to radio stations and CD players across the nation. (What, it came out in 2000, iPods weren’t a thing yet). With the success of that song and contributions to the soundtrack from the likes of Alison Krauss, Emmylou Harris, T Bone Burnett and Gillian Welch, the soundtrack to “O Brother Where Art Thou” went platinum EIGHT times. CMT included it on it’s 40 Greatest Albums in Country Music. Rhapsody called it one of the “Country’s Best Albums of the Decade” list. NPR included the soundtrack on their list of “The Decade’s 50 Most Important Recordings.” The accolades were completely justified too. The combination of traditional tunes with modern country voices was evocative and eminently listenable. After you tune in to “O Brother Where Art Thou” Sunday at 8:45 p.m. ET, be sure to pick up the soundtrack, too.
Here are a few of our favorite songs from the “O Brother Where Art Thou” soundtrack:
The Soggy Bottom Boys “I Am A Man Of Constant Sorrow”:
Alison Krauss and Gillian Welch “I’ll Fly Away”
Alison Krauss “Down To The River To Pray”
Emmylou Harris, Alison Krauss, Gillian Welch “Nobody But The Baby”
“O Brother Where Art Thou” airs on IFC on Sunday, Jan. 27 at 8:45 PM ET and Monday, Jan. 28 at 12:00 AM ET