The soundtrack for Crazy Heart was produced by T Bone Burnett and contains 16 songs from the film starring Jeff Bridges. The movie is dedicated to Stephen Bruton, the legendary Texas musician, and a lifelong friend of Burnett’s, wrote or co-wrote most of the original music performed by Bridges and Ryan Bingham. Bruton died from cancer shortly after finishing the project.
The Limited Deluxe Edition features 23 songs (an additional 7 songs) including all the original songs performed in the film by Jeff Bridges and Colin Farrell, “The Weary Kind” performed by Ryan Bingham (the theme song heard in the film’s trailer and closing credits) and music featured in the film by Waylon Jennings, Lucinda Williams, Buck Owens, Sam Phillips and many more.
01. Jeff Bridges – Hold On You
02. Buck Owens – Hello Trouble
03. The Louvin Brothers – My Baby’s Gone
04. Stephen Bruton – Somebody Else (Instrumental)
05. Jeff Bridges – Somebody Else
06. Ryan Bingham – I Don’t Know
07. Thomas Canning – Wesley’s Piano
08. Jeff Bridges – Fallin’ & Flyin’
09. Kitty Wells – Searching (For Someone Like You)
10. Jeff Bridges – I Don’t Know
11. Lightnin’ Hopkins – Once A Gambler
12. Waylon Jennings – Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way
13. The Delmore Brothers – I Let The Freight Train Carry Me On
14. George Jones – Color Of The Blues
15. Lucinda Williams – Joy
16. Colin Farrell & Jeff Bridges – Fallin’ & Flyin’
17. Colin Farrell – Gone, Gone, Gone
18. Townes Van Zandt – If I Needed You
19. Sam Phillips – Reflecting Light
20. Lydia Mendoza – Mal Hombre
21. Robert Duvall – Live Forever
22. Jeff Bridges – Brand New Angel
23. Ryan Bingham – The Weary Kind (Theme From Crazy Heart)
Recorded for a small Canadian independent label, k.d. lang’s debut album, A Truly Western Experience, didn’t receive much exposure outside her homeland upon its initial release, and while it’s a strong and confident piece of work, it also sounds like the product of an artist who was still figuring out just where she stood along the boundaries between pop and country. A Truly Western Experience is easily the most band-oriented album lang and her combo the reclines would ever make; the group not only gets co-star billing, but pianist Stewart MacDougall even takes the lead vocal on one tune, “Up to Me,” something that would never happen again on one of lang’s albums. This edition of the reclines was hardly the strongest group lang would ever work with (and guitarist Gord Matthews was the only musician who would still be on board when lang cut her major-label debut three years later), but the bandmembers are clearly sympathetic and their soulful blend of roots rock and country certainly plays to the sly side of lang’s musical personality, and they can switch gears from the manic rockabilly of “Bopalena” and the lively country two-step of “Hanky Panky” to the slinky, blues-influenced “Tickled Pink” and “Busy Being Blue” with assurance. As for lang, she already had a superb voice and knew just what to do with it, but while there was usually a touch of irony in her approach to vintage country styles, the poke in the ribs threatens to leave a bruise on tunes like “Pine and Stew” and “Tickled Pink,” and “Hooked on Junk” is easily the most self-consciously arty thing lang would cut prior to All You Can Eat, and not in a flattering way. In some respects, A Truly Western Experience sounds more personal and engaging than Angel with a Lariat, the 1987 album that introduced k.d. lang to an international audience, but by then she had a much clearer notion of where she was going with her music, and that’s the one real flaw of her first album.
If his 1969 eponymous debut found Boz Scaggs digging down deep and creating some gritty soul-rock, highlighted by Duane Allman’s extended work-out on “Loan Me a Dime,” his 1971 follow-up Moments — his first album for CBS — found him sketching out the blue-eyed soul that would eventually bring him fame when he streamlined it for 1976’s Silk Degrees. Boz Scaggs was a Southern record, but Moments is thoroughly Californian, sun-bleached and brightly colored, easily gliding along smooth surfaces. In the hands of producer Glyn Johns, Scaggs doesn’t have any rough edges, and the change suits him well, as his soft, soulful croon almost cries out for a setting this lush, one that’s just this side of being louche. Although Scaggs would go that down the gauche road in the ’70s, Moments is far from the glitzy disco of Silk Degrees and its spawn. This is thoroughly a ’60s hangover, right down to how the country shuffle of “Alone, Alone” slides between the warm soul grooves of the rest of the album. Most of this is decidedly laid-back — the casually funky grind of “I Will Forever Sing (The Blues)” and slyly funny boogie of “Hollywood Blues” callbacks to the Southern strut of the debut, are the exception, not the rule — and while this is mellow, it’s not lazy: it’s a relaxed exploration. By the time “Can I Make It Last (Or Will It Just Be Over)” quietly drifts away on extended instrumental coda, setting like a sun into the ocean, Scaggs has started down the path toward his signature blue-eyed soul.
Recalling tinges of The Gatlins and Alabama, the Kentucky Linemen’s harmonies are a driving force behind their signature sound. In an ocean of pop and teen influenced country music recurrently being produced in Nashville, the Linemen’s sound is a vessel of true country authenticity. Music Row Magazine’s Robert K. Oermann said; “Hearty harmonies are the hallmark here.
Sicilia displays a powerful voice as she belts out this original evocative of classic 50s and 60s R&B. Jay Davidson’s baritone sax helps establish the mood before he takes a booting tenor sax solo while guitarists Kevin Hanson and Jef Lee Johnson add fills. Gina invests much feeling into the cover Don’t Cry Baby as Joel Bryant’s piano accompaniment stands out and Davidson rips off more tough tenor sax. Wake Up Next To You, has an infectious reggae groove, as Gina wants to take her baby home with her. Dennis Gruenling contributes marvelous chromatic harmonica on the jazzy Walkin’ Along the Avenue, that has her lyric on how love can happen when least expected.It Wasn’t Real is a superb album of blues, country and other roots music. It brings together exceptional original songs, strong session playing and marvelous, nuanced vocals that display the marvelous talent Gina Sicilia has become.