"Ready for dinner"
This week, singer John Mellencamp released his long-awaited “Ghost Brothers of Darkland County,” an unusual collaboration that uses the gripping writing of Stephen King and masterful music production of T Bone Burnett to tell a supernatural story that LA Times describes as “a macabre tale brimming with sibling rivalry, jealousy, unresolved hatred and supernatural forces of evil”:
In the work that was inspired by the real-life incident, the ghosts of brothers Jack and Andy, girlfriend Jenna and a caretaker haunt the cabin 40 years down the line when the youngest brother, Joe (voiced on the recording by Kris Kristofferson) returns as an adult with his wife and two sons.
Joe wants to face haunting childhood memories of the tragedy that resulted in the deaths of his beloved brothers and their girlfriend, hoping that in doing so he can stave off similar feuding between his own sons, Frank and Drake, voiced by country star Ryan Bingham and singer-songwriter Will Dailey. Sheryl Crow sings the part of Jenna.
One of the tracks, “Truth,” has been premiered exclusively on “The Colbert Report.” Give it a listen, below:
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