Art-For-Art’s-Sake Theatre: Man of Constant Sorrow
Time once again for our usual midday Wednesday feature.
O Brother, Where Art Thou? is a 2000 satire, loosely based on Homer's Odyssey, and set in rural Mississippi in the 1930s. It was directed by Joel and Ethan Coen, and starred George Clooney, John Goodman, and Holly Hunter, among others. The soundtrack won a Grammy for Best Album the following year, and was followed by a brief resurgence of interest in old-time country music. Not to be confused with the Nashville sound of the postwar years and beyond, what was then known as "hillbilly music" was possible through the growing popularity of radio in the 1930s and 1940s.
The recording itself, lip-synched by the character of Ulysses Everett McGill (Clooney), was actually sung by Dan Tyminski, a bluegrass guitarist, singer, and songwriter of Alison Krauss and Union Station.