Sony Music is proud to announce the release of the original motion picture soundtrack of “August: Osage County,” featuring songs specially written for the film by Kings of Leon and by JD and The Straight Shot, as well as celebrated songs by Bon Iver, Eric Clapton, Billy Squier and Bearden singer-songwriter John Fullbright. These tracks are backed up by new music composed by Gustavo Santaolalla and others.
The original motion picture soundtrack of “August: Osage County” is available today.
As previously reported, “Last Mile Home” by Kings of Leon, a soulful track with an understated guitar accompaniment, was specially written for the film by the band, which has Oklahoma City and Talihina ties. The acoustic version of it was used for the end titles and the track featured on the album.
The simple, moving “Violet’s Song” by JD and The Straight Shot also was recorded especially for the movie, and as a special treat, the soundtrack includes the pleasure of hearing the actor Benedict Cumberbatch perform as a singer (“Can’t Keep It Inside”).
The album opens with eerie electronic echoings in “Himmon TX” by Bon Iver, with the smoky voice of the indie group’s frontman Justin Vernon. The third track is an absolute classic of country blues, “Lay Down Sally” from Eric Clapton’s album Slow Hand. A further well-known number is Billy Squier’s hard-rock “The Stroke”.
These veterans are joined by an up-and-coming star: Grammy-nominated Americana scribe Fullbright showcases his drawly Oklahoma vowels in the laid-back but energized “Gawd Above”.
To accompany these songs, Santaolalla and others have composed atmospheric film music. The multitalented Santaolalla is best known for his work writing movie scores and producing albums. He has won two Academy Awards for Best Original Score, for his work on “Babel” and “Brokeback Mountain,” and two Grammy Awards as an album producer. He is also the founder of the electrorock-tango band Bajofondo, whose latest album, “Presente,” was recently released by Sony Music Masterworks. Of his compositions for “August: Osage County,” the longest is the “End Credits” track, melodious and fittingly subdued music in which orchestral strings underlay twangy guitar chords. Santaolalla wrote two further pieces for the album. In addition, four short compositions by Adam Taylor highlight the pensive aspects of the movie, and to round everything off there is a brief but groovy hidden track by the Grammy-winning film and TV composer Mateo Messina.
“August: Osage County” is the much-anticipated movie version of Oklahoma native Tracy Letts’ award-winning play, with an all-star cast, including Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Ewan McGregor, Chris Cooper, Abigail Breslin, Benedict Cumberbatch, Juliette Lewis, Margo Martindale, Dermot Mulroney, Julianne Nicholson, Sam Shepard and Misty Upham.
“August: Osage County” tells the dark, hilarious and deeply touching story of the strong-willed women of the Weston family, whose lives have diverged until a family crisis brings them back to the Oklahoma house they grew up in, and to the dysfunctional woman who raised them. Letts’ Pulitzer Prize-winning play of the same name made its Broadway debut in December 2007 after premiering at Chicago’s legendary Steppenwolf Theatre earlier that year. It continued with a successful international run and was the winner of five Tony Awards in 2008, including Best Play. Filmed in Oklahoma, “August: Osage County” is directed by John Wells (“The Company Men”) and opens in theaters nationwide Friday.
Look for my colleague George Lang’s interview with John Wells Friday in The Oklahoman and on NewsOK.
1. “Himmon, TX,” Bon Iver
2. “Last Mile Home” (acoustic version), Kings Of Leon
3. “Lay Down Sally,” Eric Clapton
4. “Don’t Let Go,” Adam Taylor
5. “The Kiss,” Adam Taylor
6. “The Stroke” (album version), Billy Squier
7. “Gawd Above,” John Fullbright
8. “The Decision,” Adam Taylor
9. “Forward,” Adam Taylor
10. “Violet’s Song,” JD and The Straight Shot
11. “Can’t Keep It Inside,” Benedict Cumberbatch
12. “End Credits,” Gustavo Santaolalla
13. “And Then They’re Here,” Gustavo Santaolalla
14. “Barb Balcony,” Gustavo Santaolalla
Hidden Track: “The Streetbeater (a.k.a Sanford and Son Theme),” Mateo Messina