In the Coen brothers hit, O Brother, Where Art Thou, music played a big part of the picture, both in plot and soundtrack. Set in rural Mississippi during the Great Depression, Ulysses Everett McGill (George Clooney), Pete (John Turturro) and Delmar (Tim Blake Nelson) escape a chain gang and set out to retrieve the 1.2 Million Dollars that McGill claims to have stolen prior to his incarceration. Along the way they meet up with a bluesman that sold his sole to the devil at the legendary Crossroads and found their way to a radio station where they recorded “I Am a Man of Constant Sorrow” (calling themselves the Soggy Bottom Boys) which would become a hit across the South though as they were constantly on the run, they never did become aware of it. Incidentally, the Soundtrack to the film did very well as modern artists contributed to the album which would become a Grammy winner for Best Album. This may predate Rock and Roll, but since we are not going to do an Early Influence” category, this could sneak in to our Hall of Fame.
TV Show/Movie Appeared:
O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000)
George Clooney (Ulysses Everett McGill, Lead Vocal)
John Turturro (Pete, Backup Vocal)
Delmar (Tim Blake Nelson, Backup Vocal)
Chris Thomas King (Tommy Johnson, Guitar)
Songs you may remember:
I Am a Man of Constant Sorrow
Why you should vote::
They had a hit song in the movie, and the soundtrack won the Album of the Year at the Grammys. That is very impressive.
Why you should not vote::
The music depicted here is not exactly Rock and Roll.