Coen Brothers’ Film Has Star-studded Soundtrack

Inside Llweyn DavisJoel and Ethan Coen’s new movie Inside Llewyn Davis is a portrait of New York’s 1960s folk music scene. But it was more than just folk artists who promoted the film at an event in the Big Apple Sunday night. Musicians as varied as Elvis Costello, Jack White, and Marcus Mumford performed at the event, called Another Day, Another Time: Celebrating the Music of Inside Llewyn Davis. It took place at New York’s Town Hall.

The show featured several unlikely collaborations. Joan Baez and Patti Smith teamed up for a rendition of “Babe I’m Gonna Leave You”. Marcus Mumford played alongside Oscar Isaac, one of the film’s stars. Another star, Carey Mulligan, performed “500 Miles” with Costello. Some other artists included in the show were Conor Oberst, Gillian Welch, The Punch Brothers, The Avett Brothers and Colin Meloy of The Decemberists.

Some of the film’s other actors made appearances as well. Just like Mulligan, Adam Driver took the stage with Elvis Costello. John Goodman was the master of ceremonies. Justin Timberlake was also supposed to perform, but could not make it due to a scheduling conflict.

Both of the Coen brothers are credited with the writing and directing of Inside Llewyn Davis, which had its American premiere at the New York Film Festival Saturday. The Coen brothers are notable for such films as The Big Lebowski, Fargo, and the Best Picture winning No Country for Old Men.


Inside Llewyn Davis hits theaters on December 6, but the soundtrack will be available on November 12. The album is in part produced by T-Bone Burnett, a former touring guitarist for Bob Dylan. Burnett was one of the masters behind the soundtrack to the Coens’ O Brother, Where Art Thou?, which won the 2002 Grammy Award for Album of the Year.

By Jacob Carozza

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