Like most of the stuff on Bloodshot Records, the soundtrack features a variety of alt-cutting-edge-countrified-Americannibalized music, an amalgam of cast-iron country and wide-open, gothic, aggressive, soulful, strange, beautiful, funky and fanciful influences. Bloodshot artists such as Neko Case and the Blood Oranges appear, as do pop geniuses the Pernice Brothers; Jimmie Dale Gilmore and his Texas buddies Joe Ely and Butch Hancock (a.k.a. the Flatlanders); and Vic Chesnutt. Among other highlights, Ryan Adams hitchhikes down Dylan's Highway 61 on 2000's "To Be Young (Is to Be Sad, Is to Be High)," Freakwater wades waist-deep in the Louvin Brothers' oft-covered classic "When I Stop Dreaming," and the filmmakers even add a goofy South Seas-ish instrumental called "West of Samoa" by brilliant '50s duo Speedy West and Jimmy Bryant.
But it's Jay Farrar, formerly of Uncle Tupelo and Son Volt, who's really the cake beneath the icing on this collection. In addition to a previously unreleased song with vocals, he composed a series of instrumentals for the film, which appear here between the other songs.