Winter's Bone

Winter's Bone


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Debra Granik's film Winter's Bone (written with Anne Rosellini) won a best screenplay award at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival before opening in select theaters and receiving (mostly) stellar reviews. While the location for the film is breathtaking (the haunting Ozark Mountains) and its screenplay brilliant, it's easy to discern that the music chosen for the film had a major impact on audiences as well. Winter's Bone: Music from the Motion Picture (the first offering from Light in the Attic's Cinewax imprint) contains tracks used in and inspired by the film. All but a couple were performed by musicians from the region. There are traditional mountain folk songs, hardscrabble honky tonk tunes, gentle folk ballads, hymns, and a couple of originals: one by the Tindersticks' Dickon Hinchliffe, who also wrote the cues for the score (available online only), and actor John Hawkes, who plays the pivotal role of Teardrop in the film. The majority of these performances feature the voice of Ozark singer Marideth Sisco and her string group Blackberry Winter. Sisco is an Ozark folkorist with a pure, plaintive yet sonorous mountain voice. Until 2010, she was largely unknown -- as were most of these players -- beyond her region. Her vocals are arresting, soothing, emotionally resonant, and musically disciplined. Whether it's her reading of Ola Belle Reed's "High on a Mountain," the spiritual "Farther Along," the traditional "Ballad of Jessup Dolly," she and Blackberry Winter are spectacular. Other highlights include fiddler Lee Ann Sours and banjoist Brandon Wooden's version of the old fiddler's lament "Sleepy Desert," two barroom weepers by Rick Reding and his White River Music Company, fiddler and vocalist Billy Ward's hunted outlaws string band ballad "Man on the Run," and "Bred and Buttered," written and performed by Hawkes. Sisco combines her voice with Hinchliffe's one-man band on a divine reading of "Angel Band" to close the set. But these are only stopping points, Winter's Bone is perfectly balanced, played, and sequenced; every one of these 15 songs helps make this a contender for soundtrack of the year.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/26/2010
Label: Cinewax
UPC: 0826853080026
catalogNumber: 800
Rank: 27139

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Steve Peters   Vocal Harmony
Billy Ward   Banjo,Mandolin,Violin,Vocals
Jessica Collins   Violin
Craig Klein   Electric Piano
Doug Grean   Bass
John Hawkes   Ukulele,Vocals
Brandon Wooden   Banjo
Van Colbert   Banjo,Vocals
Marideth Sisco   Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Lee Ann Sours   Violin
Bill "Smitty" Smith   Drums
Tedi May   Bass,Vocal Harmony
Tecia Esposito   Piano
Steve Youngblood   Acoustic Guitar
Rick Reding   Rhythm Guitar,Vocals
Ralph Dienno   Slide Guitar
Mark Moling   Bass
Linda Stoffel   Vocal Harmony
Gary Moore   Drums
Dennis Crider   Guitar
Daniel Lee Parkin   Guitar,Vocals
Bo Brown   Dobro,Mandolin,Vocal Harmony

Technical Credits

Ola Belle Reed   Composer
Steve Peters   Producer,Liner Notes
Nick Sibley   Engineer
Billy Ward   Composer
John Valentine   Composer
Dickon Hinchliffe   Composer,Engineer,Instrumentation
William B. Bradbury   Composer
Jonathan Scheuer   Liner Notes,Executive Producer
Traditional   Composer
Scott Riley   Engineer
J.R. Baxter   Composer
Matt Sullivan   Executive Producer
Josh Wright   Executive Producer
Jonathan James   Engineer
Doug Grean   Engineer
John Hawkes   Composer
J. R. Shannon   Composer
Jefferson Hascall   Composer
Blackberry Winter   Arranger
Marideth Sisco   Arranger,Composer,Engineer
Lee Ann Sours   Arranger
Anne Rosellini   Producer
Alix Madigan-Yorkin   Producer
Shawn Simon   Executive Producer
Robert R. Carradine   Composer
Rick Reding   Composer
Ric Landers   Engineer
Paul Rideout   Engineer
Daniel Lee Parkin   Composer
W.B. Stevens   Composer

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