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John Mellencamp, Stephen King And T-Bone Burnett On World Cafe | June 12, 2013

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Stephen King, John Mellencamp and T-Bone Burnett's collaboration on the musical Ghost Brothers of Darkland County began 13 years ago. Inspiration for the story came when Mellencamp bought a vacation cabin; he says he found out just after closing that the home was the site of the tragic death of two brothers and the girl they both loved.

With the idea that King could fully realize the horrific tale of one brother attempting to kill the other and all three kids dying, Mellencamp contacted King. Together, the pair set off into uncharted territory: a musical. Mellencamp wrote the songs to drive the story forward, while King handled the script. Later, Burnett was brought in to wrangle the music. The result was a full-on production presented in Atlanta last year, with a CD/DVD version released this week.

Burnett has "cast" the music well. Ryan Bingham, Neko Case, Rosanne Cash and others, including Elvis Costello as a devilish character called "The Shape," bring these songs to life. Learn more about the unusual and extended creative process as Stephen King, John Mellencamp and T-Bone Burnett join World Cafe.(Link)

Photo Credit: Kevin Mazur/Courtesy of the artist


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Hour 1

Little Feat “On Your Way Down” Dixie Chicken
Robert Plant & Alison Krauss “Please Read the Letter” Raising Sand
John Mellencamp “Pink Houses” Uh-Huh
((Madi Diaz “Christine” Skin and Bone))
Neko Case “That’s Who I Am” Ghost Brothers of Darkland County
Sheryl Crow “Away From this World” Ghost Brothers of Darkland County
John Mellencamp with Lily and Madeleine Jurkiewicz “Truth” Ghost Brothers of Darkland County
((Carl Perkins “Perkins Wiggle” The Best of Sun Rockabilly Vol. 2))
Parquet Courts “Stoned and Starving” Light Up Gold
Jack White “I’m Shakin’” Blunderbuss
Cake “Never There” Prolonging the Magic
Wild Belle “Keep You” Isles
((The Budos Band “Up From The South” The Budos Band))

Hour 2

Van Morrison “Domino” Best of Van Morrison
Fitz & the Tantrums “Out of My League” More Than Just a Dream
Jason Isbell “Stockholm” Southeastern
Drive-By Truckers “Used to Be a Cop” Go Go Boots
((Annuals “Hair Don’t Grow” Such Fun))
TV on the Radio “Wolf Like Me” Return to Cookie Mountain
Pickwick “Lady Luck” Can’t Talk Medicine
The Walker Brothers “The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore” Greatest Hits
She & Him “Never Wanted Your Love” Volume 3
The Beach Boys “Do It Again” Good Vibrations
((Beach House “Myth” Bloom))
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah “Let the Cool Goddess Rust Away” Clap Your Hands
Telekinesis! “Ghosts and Creatures” Dormarion 
Vampire Weekend “Diane Young” Modern Vampires of the City
Jim James “A New Life” Regions of Light and Sound of God
((Booker T & The MGs “Hip-Hug-Her” The Complete Stax-Volt Singles))