'O Brother' Spawns Live Album

Mercury's new Lost Highway imprint is planning a July 24 release for "Down From the Mountain -- Live Concert Performances by the Artists and Musicians of O Brother, Where Art Thou?" The set was taped

Mercury's new Lost Highway imprint is planning a July 24 release for "Down From the Mountain -- Live Concert Performances by the Artists and Musicians of O Brother, Where Art Thou?" The set was taped last year at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium, in advance of the release of the acclaimed Coen Brothers film, "O Brother, Where Art Thou?"

The Ryman show included many of the artists later featured on the film's soundtrack album, including Alison Krauss and Union Station, the Fairfield Four, Gillian Welch and David Rawlings, Emmylou Harris, the Cox Family, the Whites, Chris Thomas King, Colin Linden, and the late John Hartford.

According to John Grady, Mercury/Lost Highway Records' senior VP of promotion, sales and marketing, most of the material on "Down From the Mountain" differs from that on the "O Brother" soundtrack. Highlights of the concert disc include the Fairfield Four's version of the chain-gang chant "Po Lazarus" and Hartford's rendition of Harry McLintock's 1928 classic "Big Rock Candy Mountain"; both of those songs appeared on the soundtrack.

The "O Brother" concert itself is being reprised June 13 with many of the soundtrack and film stars at Carnegie Hall in New York. Meanwhile, documentary filmmaker D.A Pennebaker's film of the original Ryman concert, also titled "Down at the Mountain," debuts Sunday (June 10) at the Nashville Film Festival.