In-stores today is 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.
In it’s 3 1/2 star review, USA Today’s Elysa Gardner wrote, “In this new album, impeccably produced by Burnett, more famous voices take on Mellencamp’s wry, haunted tunes, steeped in folk and blues, which name actors such as Meg Ryan, Samantha Mathis and Matthew McConaughey embellish with spot-on readings excerpted from King’s libretto. Elvis Costello pops up as a savvy Satanic figure on the drolly creepy That’s Me, and Neko Case brings a wonderfully tart freshness to the teasing That’s Who I Am.
Kris Kristofferson brings a more weary resonance to the paternal/fraternal lamentHow Many Days, while Sheryl Crow, Rosanne Cash, Dave Alvin, Phil Alvin and Mellencamp himself ably serve the grit and poignance of songs that address the ghosts and monsters inside all of us.”