Hear Music/Concord Music Group is proud to release the all-star recording of Ghost Brothers of Darkland County, a southern gothic supernatural musical from co-conspirators Stephen King, John Mellencamp and T Bone Burnett. This extraordinary collaboration features original music and lyrics plus key dialog excerpts performed by a stellar cast of guest artists including Elvis Costello, Rosanne Cash, Sheryl Crow, Neko Case, Taj Mahal, Ryan Bingham and Kris Kristofferson, along with actors Matthew McConaughey, Samantha Mathis and Meg Ryan. This special release also includes the musical’s complete libretto, penned by Stephen King. A haunting tale of fraternal love, lust, jealousy and revenge 13 years in the making, Ghost Brothers of Darkland County will be released on June 4th.
Standard – 1 enhanced CD with the dialogue excerpts included. The libretto will be included as part of the enhanced CD. Download card with music only inside
Hardcover version – 2 CD 1 DVD set – Printed Libretto. The package will contain 2 audio CDs, one with the dialogue excerpts and one without. The DVD will contain the making of program and “Truth” video.
Deluxe – 2 disc CD/DVD set – Standard CD with the dialogue excerpts. The DVD will be the making of program, “Truth” video, and the digital libretto. Download card with music only inside.
Digital Book for iTunes – Will contain all of the deluxe content interacting with the libretto in an iTunes exclusive digital book.
Digital version – Two versions will be available, with and without the dialog excerpts.
GHOST BROTHERS PREVIEW TRACKS:
GHOST BROTHERS NEWS:
7.1.13 - Ghost Brothers Team on Acoustic Cafe'
Stephen, John and T-Bone will appear on the Acoustic Cafe' radio show on July 8th. Acoustic Cafe' is heard on over 75 stations nationwide. For stations and airtimes, see the link below.
BloodyDisgusting.com is holding a contest to win official Ghost Brothers swag signed by Stephen and more. The creative contest requires that artwork based on the southern-gothic musical be submitted using Twitter, Instagram and Vine. Use the hashtag "#GhostBrothersContest" and have fun!
Stephen, John and T-Bone appeared on SiriusXM's Outlaw Country for an interview with Mojo Nixon. You can listen to reruns of their discussion including details about the upcoming stage production on channel 60 at these times:
Saturday 6/15, 9am & 5pm ET
Sunday 6/16, 12pm & 9pm ET
6.7.13 - Ghost Brothers Crew on Colbert
Stephen, John and T-Bone appeared on the Colbert Report for two segments. During the hilarious sit-down, the crew discussed the inception of the Ghost Brothers project as well as the artists that perform on the soundtrack. Must see clips!
Stephen and John appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman to promote the Ghost Brothers soundtrack. Watch the hilarious story of how the Ghost Brothers partnership came to be as well as the creepy inspiration behind the southern gothic tale. – Great content!
5.31.13 - Ghost Brothers of Darkland County Interactive iBook
Concord Music group has announced that Ghost Brothers of Darkland County will be released as an illustrated digital book for iBooks on June 3rd. The comprehensive multimedia edition fuses the production's story, soundtrack, artwork and video extras into a complete interactive experience. This marks Stephen’s first digital book conceived and designed especially for Apple's iBooks.
A second full-length preview track from the Ghost Brother of Darkland County Soundtrack is now available on USAToday.com. Performed by Rosanne Cash, the song "You Don't Know Me" is a slow and haunting ballad not to be missed.
The Ghost Brothers of Darkland County Soundtrack will be released on June 4, 2013 as a compact disk and as digital audio from all major online music platforms. Enjoy!
A full-length preview track from the forthcoming Ghost Brother of Darkland County Soundtrack is now available exclusively on Esquire.com. You won't want to miss this sneak preview of Neko Case's performance of "That's Who I Am".
Star-Studded Cast Includes Elvis Costello, Sheryl Crow, Rosanne Cash, Neko Case, Kris Kristofferson, Dave & Phil Alvin, Taj Mahal, Ryan Bingham, Matthew McConaughey, Samantha Mathis and Meg Ryan
Hear Music/Concord Music Group is proud to release the all-star recording of Ghost Brothers of Darkland County, a southern gothic supernatural musical from co-conspirators Stephen King, John Mellencamp and T Bone Burnett. This extraordinary collaboration features original music and lyrics plus key dialog excerpts performed by a stellar cast of guest artists including Elvis Costello, Rosanne Cash, Sheryl Crow, Neko Case, Taj Mahal, Ryan Bingham and Kris Kristofferson, along with actors Matthew McConaughey, Samantha Mathis and Meg Ryan. This special release also includes the musical’s complete libretto, penned by Stephen King. A haunting tale of fraternal love, lust, jealousy and revenge 13 years in the making, Ghost Brothers of Darkland County will be released in the Spring 2013.
The Ghost Brothers of Darkland County saga began when Mellencamp told King about a cabin on his land in Indiana where two brothers had gotten in a fight over a girl; one brother accidentally killing the other, only to die along with the girl in a car crash a short time later. King came up with an outline for a play in a matter of days. And then off and on, back and forth, they began to develop it into a full-length musical.
The superb blues ‘n’ roots music of Ghost Brothers reflects the wide range of styles and influences needed for a work that jumps back and forth across decades. Rather than use the songs to propel the play’s narrative, as in a conventional musical, Mellencamp chose to make them a way to reveal the emotions and inner workings of the characters—like Neko Case’s exquisite, unapologetic delivery of “That’s Who I Am;” the intense passion of Kristofferson’s “How Many Days;” or Costello’s cunning “That’s Me,” which establishes the persona of “The Shape,” the Puck-like devil figure at the heart of Ghost Brothers who floats between the worlds of the living and the spirits. Numerous other highlights include the thunderous, dramatic ensemble piece “Tear This Cabin Down” and “Jukin,’” a grease-laden delta-rocker performed by Sheryl Crow. Mellencamp himself delivers the closing “Truth,” a sublime meditation on the moral issues underpinning the action.
Ghost Brothers of Darkland County will be available across a variety of formats. The (enhanced CD) Standard Edition features the complete soundtrack, dialog excerpts and digital libretto. The (2CD/1DVD) Deluxe Edition contains the complete soundtrack (with and without dialog), deluxe art work, handwritten lyrics, specially printed libretto and the “Making of Ghost Brothers” mini-documentary DVD featuring in-depth interviews with King, Mellencamp and Burnett along with other bonus material. Ghost Brothers of Darkland County digital editions for tablets, smartphones and e-readers will allow users to interact in unprecedented ways with the complete soundtrack + digital libretto, as well as exclusive video and graphic materials.
Set in the tiny town of Lake Belle Reve, Mississippi, the Ghost Brothers’ story centers on two sets of brothers: the ghosts of Jack and Andy, dead in an apparent murder/suicide, and their nephews, the living Frank and Drake, who seem to be headed toward the same downward spiral as their uncles. Joe, younger brother of Jack and Andy, father of Frank and Drake, has decided it’s time to reveal his own terrible secret at the site of the tragedy, before it’s too late.
Though some of the songs were written without knowing where they would fit in the script, most were the result of specific assignments. “Steve would call me up and go, ‘We need a song like this to fill this place,’” Mellencamp says. “To be able to go, ‘OK, now you’re a 10-year-old boy, what would he say? Now you’re a 19-year-old girl trying to attract the attention of a barroom of fellas’…that was just fun to do.”
Once a working show had been assembled, producer Burnett—acclaimed for his work on such albums as Raising Sand by Robert Plant and Alison Krauss and the O Brother Where Art Thou? soundtrack—was brought in to help unify the flow and feel of the music on stage. Burnett would also prove crucial when it came time to cast and record the Ghost Brothers album.
He started with the voice of “The Shape”—“immediately, Elvis Costello came up,” says Burnett, “who could be better playing the devil?” Rosanne Cash struck the producer as a match for Monique, Joe’s troubled wife, as did Kris Kristofferson’s unmistakable scratchy baritone to play the patriarch himself.
As the story emerged, it became clear to the collaborators that Ghost Brothers had taken them into unfamiliar territory—and they liked it that way. "John can make rock & roll records and I can write books for the rest of our lives," says King, "but that’s the safe way to do it, and that’s no way to live if you want to stay creative. We were willing to be educated, and at our age, that’s an accomplishment."
The highly successful original production of Ghost Brothers of Darkland County, staged by Atlanta’s well-regarded Alliance Theatre, premiered in the spring of 2012. Additional productions of the musical will be mounted in the coming year.
Ghost Brothers of Darkland County track listing:
1. That’s Me | Elvis Costello
2. That’s Who I Am | Neko Case
3. So Goddamn Smart | Dave Alvin, Phil Alvin, Sheryl Crow
4. Wrong, Wrong, Wrong About Me | Elvis Costello
5. Brotherly Love – Ryan Bingham, Will Dailey
6. How Many Days | Kris Kristofferson
7. You Are Blind | Ryan Bingham
8. Home Again | Sheryl Crow, Dave Alvin, Phil Alvin, Taj Mahal
9. What’s Going On Here | Rosanne Cash
10. My Name Is Joe | Clyde Mulroney
11. Tear This Cabin Down | Taj Mahal
12. And Your Days Are Gone | Sheryl Crow, Dave Alvin, Phil Alvin
13. Jukin’ – Sheryl Crow
14. What Kind Of Man Am I | Kris Kristofferson, Phil Alvin, Sheryl Crow,
Dave Alvin, Taj Mahal
15. So Goddamn Good | Phil Alvin, Dave Alvin, Sheryl Crow