Two new songs from gravel-voiced singer/songwriter Tom Waits will grace the blues-heavy soundtrack to the upcoming film "Big Bad Love." The artist contributes "Long Way Home" and "Jayne's Blue Wish" t
Two new songs from gravel-voiced singer/songwriter Tom Waits will grace the blues-heavy soundtrack to the upcoming film "Big Bad Love." The artist contributes "Long Way Home" and "Jayne's Blue Wish" to the set, which is due Feb. 19 via Nonesuch.
Much of the rest of the soundtrack comes from blues artists on the Fat Possum label, including R.L. Burnside, who contributes a live version of "Come On In," T-Model Ford ("She Asked Me So I Told Her"), Kenny Brown ("Boxcar Blues"), Robert Belfour ("My Baby's Gone"), and the late Junior Kimbrough ("Junior's Place"). Also featured is Steve Earle's "Goodbye," from 1995's "Train a Comin'" (Warner Bros.), as well as instrumentals by Tom Verlaine and the Kronos Quartet.
"Big Bad Love" is based on the short story collection of the same name by Larry Brown. Set in the hills of North Mississippi, the film centers around the life of a struggling writer, portrayed by Arliss Howard ("Full Metal Jacket"), who makes his directorial debut with this project. Also starring Debra Winger, Paul le Mat, Rosanna Arquette, and Angie Dickinson, the film is due to open Feb. 22 in New York (March 8 in Los Angeles and Chicago; March 29 in San Francisco and Berkeley, Calif.; other markets thereafter).
In other Tom Waits news, the artist has changed the title of one of his two forthcoming Anti albums. The set originally dubbed "Red Drum" will now be known as "Blood Money," and is due in May, along with "Alice." As previously reported, the material on each album stems from material Waits and wife/chief collaborator Kathleen Brennan created for European productions staged by director Robert Wilson, "Alice" (1992) and "Woyzeck" (2001).
The albums will be Waits' first studio releases since 1999's critically acclaimed set "Mule Variations," which debuted at No. 30 on The Billboard 200 and won the Grammy for best contemporary folk album. His last soundtrack contribution was to Barry Levinson's 2000 film "Liberty Heights," which featured the songs "Putting on the Dog" and "It's Over."
Waits is also among those who have contributed personal messages to the liner notes of the upcoming Legacy/Columbia compilation "The Essential Johnny Cash."