Dylan, Hill, Gray, Krauss Get Their 'Ya-Yas' Out
New songs by Bob Dylan and Lauryn Hill will be featured on the forthcoming T Bone Burnett-produced soundtrack to "Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood."New songs by Bob Dylan and Lauryn Hill will be featured on the forthcoming T Bone Burnett-produced soundtrack to "Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood." Due May 28 from DMZ/Columbia/Sony Music Soundtrax, the 19-track set will also feature new interpretations of traditional and classic songs performed by Alison Krauss, Macy Gray, Taj Mahal, Ann Savoy, and, as previously reported, Tony Bennett.
The collection is described as a combination of traditional Louisiana/Cajun music and urban American blues delivered through classic songs and original music written specifically for the film. Musician/author/Cajun folklorist Ann Savoy collaborated with Burnett on some the soundtrack's authentic Cajun pieces, "C'est Si Triste" and "Lulu Revenue Dans La Village." Savoy also produced the recently released Vanguard compilation "Evangeline Made: A Tribute to Cajun Music."
New songs on the soundtrack include Hill's "Selah" and Dylan's "Waitin' for You," while reinterpretations include Krauss' take on the traditional "Sitting in the Window of My Room" and Bennett's rendition of Nat King Cole's "If Yesterday Could Only Be Tomorrow." In addition, Taj Mahal joins in with a rollicking take on Fats Waller's "Keeping Out of Mischief Now," while Macy Gray takes on Billie Holiday's "I Want To Be Your Mother's Son-In-Law."
Late bluesman Jimmy Reed is represented by three tracks on the set -- "Found Love," "Little Rain," and "Ain't That Lovin' Baby." Songs by Ray Charles, Mahalia Jackson, Vincent & Mr. Green, Slim Harpo, Blind Uncle Gaspard, Bob Schneider, and Richard & Linda Thompson, round out the album.
The "Ya-Ya Sisterhood" collection follows Burnett's Grammy-sweeping soundtrack to Joel & Ethan Coen's "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" That set, which took the album of the year honor and earned Burnett the producer of the year award, logged 34 non-consecutive weeks on top of Billboard's Top Country Albums chart. It has also spawned the successful Down From the Mountain multi-artist tour, which will kick off a summer run June 25 in Louisville, Ky.
Set in the depths of Louisiana, Warner Bros./Gaylord Films "Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood" is based on Rebecca Wells' 1996 novel of the same name. Opening June 7 in North American theaters, the film stars Sandra Bullock, Ellen Burstyn, Ashley Judd, James Garner, and Maggie Smith and marks the directorial debut of Callie Khouri, who won an Oscar for her "Thelma & Louise" screenplay.
Here is the "Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood" track listing:
"Assi Dans La Fenetre De Ma Chambre," Blind Uncle Gaspard
"Drug State," Vincent & Mr. Green
"Found Love," Jimmy Reed
"C'est Si Triste," Ann Savoy
"Lulu Revenue Dans La Village," Ann Savoy
"C'est Un Peche de Dire Un Mentire," Ann Savoy
"I Want To Be Your Mother's Son-In-Law," Macy Gray
"Keepin' Out Of Mischief Now," Taj Mahal
"Little Rain," Jimmy Reed
"Ain't That Lovin' You Baby?," Jimmy Reed
"Dimming of the Day," Richard & Linda Thompson
"Selah," Lauryn Hill
"I Got Love if You Want It," Slim Harpo
"Lonely Avenue," Ray Charles
"Sitting in the Window of My Room," Alison Krauss
"Walk in Jerusalem," Mahalia Jackson
"If Yesterday Could Only Be Tomorrow," Tony Bennett
"Waitin' for You," Bob Dylan
"The World Exploded Into Love," Bob Schneider