NYC Town Hall Concert Marks Coen Brothers Folk Film Soundtrack

Posted on September 24, 2013

The Coen Brothers—the filmmakers who gave Americana a shot in the arm with the multi-platinum soundtrack to 2000’s O Brother, Where Art Thou?—are returning to the idiom with Inside Llewyn Davis. The film, which won the Grand Prix at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, is set in the heart of the 1960’s folk revival: Greenwich Village.

It is scheduled for a December 6 release in the States.

The film stars Oscar Isaac as an aspiring folkie. The cast also includes Carey Mulligan, John Goodman, Garrett Hedlund, and Justin Timberlake.

The story revolves around the infighting that took place on the Greenwich Village scene, where New York-based performers often were overshadowed by artists from outside the city grabbing the spotlight. The late folk guitar and singing legend Dave Van Ronk’s 2005 memoir The Mayor of McDougal Street is said to have served as an inspiration.

T-Bone Burnett supervised the soundtrack. Guitarist and percussionist Marcus Mumford, of Mumford & Sons, worked with Burnett and coached the actors.

The soundtrack, which includes a previously unreleased 1964 Bob Dylan track, is set for November 12 release. But the film’s music will be celebrated on September 29 at a concert at New York’s Town Hall. Scheduled to perform are cast members, the Avett Brothers, Joan Baez, Gillian Welch and David Rawlings, Jack White, Conor Oberst, Patti Smith, and Willie Watson, among others.

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