Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
4 stars (out of 5)
By Aaron Keith Harris
The presence of Robert Duvall and Bill Murray is enough to get me to buy a ticket to Get Low when it comes to my corner of the American hinterlands. Likewise, the presence of Alison Krauss’ first new track since 2007’s A Hundred Miles or More should be enough to get you to grab this soundtrack CD. Written by Aoife O’Donovan and featuring Dan Tyminski (mandolin), Barry Bales (bass), Bryan Sutton (guitar) and Jerry Douglas (Dobro), “Lay My Burden Down” seems the perfect tone-setter for a tale of a man who hosts his own funeral before he dies. Krauss’ voice is as dreamily eloquent as ever, and leaves you wanting more, much more.
Krauss’ fellow Rounder recording artists The SteelDrivers contribute four selections to this 16-track, 46-minute soundtrack: traditional bluegrass instrumentals “Whiskey Before Breakfast,” “East Virginia Fast” and “Angelina Baker” along with “Jesus Come for Me,” which features the spine-tingling lead vocals of Chris Stapleton, who has since left the band.
Jerry Douglas contributes some incidental music for the movie, some self-penned (“Sitting Mule/Drive to Town”), some in collaboration with Stuart Duncan (fiddle) (the rustic “No Haircut” and “North”), or Russ Barenberg (guitar) and Edgar Meyer (bass) (the exhilarating “Monkey Bay”) and some composed by Jan A.P. Kaczmarek (“Drive to Town for Clothes”).
With some period nostalgia added in the form of selections from The Ink Spots, Gene Austin, Paul Whiteman and Bix Beiderbecke, this soundtrack aptly sets the stage for what looks like a nice film.