Original Soundtrack Album From Christopher Guest's Folk Music Comedy Film
Coming From DMZ/Columbia/Sony Music Soundtrax On Tuesday, April 8
DMZ/Columbia/Sony Music Soundtrax will release A Mighty Wind - The Album,
the original soundtrack collection of music from the upcoming folk music
parody ensemble comedy film directed by Christopher Guest. "A Mighty Wind"
opens nationwide on Wednesday, April 16. A Mighty Wind - The Album is in
stores on Tuesday, April 8.
An affectionate and incisive homage to the contemporary folk music boom of
the early 1960s, "A Mighty Wind" is the latest documentary style comedy
from director Christopher Guest (perhaps best-known as Nigel Tufnel in
"This Is Spinal Tap," Guest has directed "Best Of Show," "Waiting For
Guffman" and others). "A Mighty Wind" is the story of a fictitious 60s
folk trio, the Folksmen (played by Christopher Guest, Michael McKean, and
Harry Shearer), who are called out of retirement to perform at a memorial
concert for the recently deceased folk impresario Irving Steinbloom.
Joining the Folksmen at the Steinbloom memorial hootenanny are the equally
fictitious and hilarious Mitch & Mickey (Eugene Levy, who cowrote the film
with Guest, and Catherine O'Hara) and the New Main Street Singers (David
Alan Blasucci, John Michael Higgins, Jane Lynch, Christopher Moynihan,
Steve Pandis, Parker Posey, and Patrick Sauber). All the songs on A Mighty
Wind - The Album are sung and played by the actors themselves, some of whom
learned to play the instruments that can be heard on the tracks.
The music on A Mighty Wind - The Album is an assortment of wry send-ups of
various folk groups of the early '60s, doing for that halcyon bygone era
what "This Is Spinal Tap" did for heavy metal. Songwriting credits for the
album's satirical tracks include Christopher Guest, Michael McKean, Harry
Shearer, Eugene Levy, Annette O'Toole, Catherine O'Hara, CJ Vanston (the
album's producer), J.M. Higgins, and Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, whose
classic "Start Me Up" is skewered by the Folksmen. Available as a CD-Extra
on A Mighty Wind - The Album is the exclusive Mitch & Mickey "outtake"
performance of "When You're Next To Me," which is not in the film nor
available anywhere else.
A Mighty Wind - The Album is the latest release from DMZ Records, a label
formed in 2002 by Oscar®-winning filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen ("Fargo,"
"O Brother, Where Art Thou?") and multiple Grammy-winning recording
artist/producer T Bone Burnett and (O Brother, Where Art Thou?).
T Bone Burnett called DMZ, at the time of its formation, "...a
musician-centric label..." going on to promise "We're not going to
concentrate solely on traditional American music. We're going to do music
that is good, music that will become traditional American music." Burnett
added that, among DMZ's plans, the label is "going to be doing quite a few
soundtracks. If you're able to put an image with the music, it becomes
very powerful There's something that we learned from 'Buena Vista Social
Club' and 'O Brother, Where Art Thou?'": the movie theater is a really good
radio, a great broadcast medium."