The soundtrack to the Coen brothers' smash O Brother, Where Art Thou? has netted multiple Grammy Awards for its architect, producer/musician T-Bone Burnett, and newfound stardom for some of its partic

The soundtrack to the Coen brothers' smash O Brother, Where Art Thou? has netted multiple Grammy Awards for its architect, producer/musician T-Bone Burnett, and newfound stardom for some of its participants, like 75-year-old bluegrass icon Ralph Stanley. Now, with Burnett and the Coens' new, Columbia-distributed DMZ imprint as a platform, Stanley delivers this collection of deep folk gems that includes "The Death of John Henry" and "Little Mathie Grove." Backed by a cast of luminaries—including Stuart Duncan, Norman Blake, Mike Compton, Dennis Couch, and Stanley's longtime band, the Clinch Mountain Boys—Stanley takes center stage as a vocalist, not a banjo player, with his high, quavery tenor giving the songs as much fragility as authority. New fans of Stanley's will welcome this album as an introduction to a living legend; longtime followers will see it as the crowning achievement in a career that spans 55 years and nearly 200 albums.—PV

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