Nebraska is the new film by two-time Academy Award®-nominated director Alexander Payne (The Descendents, Sideways, Election) starring starring Bruce Dern, Will Forte, June Squibb, Stacy Keach and Bob Odenkirk. Featuring a guitar-driven score composed by Mark Orton (Tin Hat) that blends elements of acoustic chamber music, alt country, and bluegrass, the music of Nebraska is a character in and of itself. Accordion, dobro, violin, and an assortment of antique instruments bring color and life to the two heroes and the quirky characters they meet on their journey through the heartland. It’s a classic American road trip with a soundtrack that truly breathes Americana.
On November 19th, 2013 Milan Records will be releasing Music from the Motion Picture ‘Nebraska’ on both CD and digital download. The trailer, which features Orton’s music, can be seen here. Paramount Vantage is releasing Nebraska in NY and LA on November 15th.
The score also includes great performances by the uber-talented musicians of Tin Hat, and provides the first time the three original members have reunited since 2005. Rob Burger – accordion/piano (who in the meantime has been working as a sideman with Lucinda Williams, Iron & Wine, Marianne Faithful, Bill Frisell, Calexico, & Norah Jones among others) has joined with present Tin Hat members Carla Kihlstedt – violin, and multi-instrumentalist Orton as part of the core band for the soundtrack. Additionally, Mickey Raphael (Willie Nelson’s long-time right-hand man) plays harmonica on both the soundtrack album and the iTunes only bonus track “The Green Green Grass of Home.” The song “Night of the Skeptic” by Tin Hit Trio can he heard here.
Nebraska is a touching story of a cantankerous father (Bruce Dern) who thinks he’s struck it rich after receiving a sweepstakes letter in the mail and wrangles his son (Will Forte) into taking a road trip to claim the fortune. Shot in black and white across four states, the film tells the stories of family life in the heartland of America. Directed by Alexander Payne, written by Bob Nelson and produced by Albert Berger & Ron Yerxa.
Music from the Motion Picture Nebraska
Composed by Mark Orton
Out November 19th on Milan Records
1. Their Pie
2. New West – performed by Tin Hat
3. Herbert’s Story
4. Gossip / Brownie’s Pie
5. To The Levee
6. Magna Carta (Bernie Bowen Version)
7. Bill – performed by Tin Hat Trio
8. Diminished Capacity – performed by Rob Burger
9. The Old Compressor / Escape
10. The Ambush
11. Seaone *
12. Night of the Skeptic – performed by Tin Hat Trio
13. Guitar Twenty Eight *
15. Magna Carta
16. The Old House
17. Their Pie (Hawthorne Version)
+ The Green Green Grass of Home (featuring Mickey Raphael) (iTunes bonus track)
* Bonus track – not in film.