The idea for the musical Ghost Brothers of Darkland County was conceived in a conversation between novelist Stephen King and musician John Mellencamp, so the product was inevitably going to be a masterful combination of sound and storytelling.
The plot is based on a tale Mellencamp told King of two brothers in a row over a girl and a fight that led one brother to accidentally kill the other. The surviving brother and his love interest were killed in a car wreck shortly afterwards. The musical itself is set across several decades, and the soundtrack is no less complex and diverse.
The soundtrack for Ghost Brothers of Darkland County is set for release on June 4 and features contributions from a range of artists including Elvis Costello, Neko Case, Roseanne Cash, Kris Kristofferson, Sheryl Crow and more.
Listen to a song from the soundtrack performed by Ryan Bingham. The song, “You Are Blind,” was written by Mellencamp with libretto by King. The track was produced by T Bone Burnett.