There was a time long ago when radio stations played an electric mix of music — country, pop, jazz, classical — all one station.
These days, you won’t find many radio stations like that — or many albums either.
The soundtrack for Sony Pictures Classics’ new movie, “Get Low,” is about as eclectic as you can hope for.
Where else can you hear the music of Alison Krauss, The SteelDrivers, The Ink Spots, Gene Austin and Bix Beiderbecke in the same place along with music written by Academy Award-winning composer Jan A.P. Kaczmarek and Grammy-winner Jerry Douglas?
The movie, which opens in limited release on July 30, stars Robert Duvall, Bill Murray, Sissy Spacek and Lucas Black.
It’s based on the story of Felix “Bush” Breazeale, a Tennessee hermit who wanted to have his funeral while he was alive and sold lottery tickets offering his property as a prize to those who attended the 1938 event.
More than 12,000 people from 14 states are said to have attended.
Krauss performs a lovely version of “Lay My Burden Down,” a song about death. Rounder says this is the first new track she’s recorded in three years.
The SteelDrivers, a Nashville band that mixes blues with grass to create a unique sound, appear in the movie and perform four cuts on the soundtrack — “Jesus Come For Me,” “Whiskey Before Breakfast,” “East Virginia Fast” and “Angelina Baker.”
Douglas wrote or co-wrote four tunes for the sound track and performs on a fifth. He’s joined on various tunes by Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer and Russ Barenberg.
If you like a variety of music from pop to bluegrass to jazz to gospel, you’ll like “Get Low.”
But if you’re just looking for traditional bluegrass, you might keep looking.
Can’t find it in stores? Try www.Amazon.com.