(September 2, 2015– Los Angeles, CA) –Varèse Sarabande will release the A WALK IN THE WOODS – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack digitally on September 4 and on CD September 25, 2015. The album features the new songs “The Birds Are Singing At Night” performed by Lord Huron and “Dead End Street” performed by Blake Mills, with songs from Dwight Yoakam, Chatham County Line, Tim Grimm, and additional tracks from Lord Huron. The album also features two suites of the original score, composed by Nathan Larson (BOYS DON’T CRY, the band Shudder To Think).
In this new comedy adventure, celebrated travel writer, Bill Bryson (Academy Award® winner Robert Redford), instead of retiring to enjoy his loving and beautiful wife (Academy Award® winner Emma Thompson), and large and happy family, challenges himself to hike the Appalachian Trail – 2,190 miles of America’s most unspoiled, spectacular and rugged countryside from Georgia to Maine. The peace and tranquility he hopes to find, though, is anything but, once he agrees to being accompanied by the only person he can find willing to join him on the trek – his long lost and former friend Katz (Academy Award® nominee Nick Nolte), a down-on-his-luck serial philanderer who, after a lifetime of relying on his charm and wits to keep one step ahead of the law – sees the trip as a way to sneak out of paying some debts and sneak into one last adventure before its too late. The trouble is, the two have a completely different definition of the word, “adventure”. Now they’re about to find out that when you push yourself to the edge, the real fun begins.
“Our biggest musical challenge was how to represent the majesty of the Appalachian Trail, its jaw-dropping vistas, its forbidding mountains and blessedly untamed wildlife,” said director Ken Kwapis. “The answer came in the form of Lord Huron, whose songs provide a thread throughout Bryson and Katz’s journey.”
“I tend to approach songwriting visually, and I often find myself striving and struggling to describe landscapes sonically,” said Lord Huron’s Ben Schneider. “It was gratifying to hear that some of that came across to Ken and his team, and that they felt the music helped support and describe the natural setting of the movie.”
“The subtitle of Bill Bryson’s book is Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail.’ In wildly different ways, all the artists on this CD are rediscovering America’s musical past, uncovering its roots and celebrating them with a distinctly modern vibe,” Kwapis described. “All of these artists are venturing down an alternative musical trail, but it’s one that runs right alongside the AT itself.”
“A WALK IN THE WOODS felt warmly familiar to me, like a movie I’d already loved for a long time,” said Blake Mills, who contributed the original song “Dead End Street” for the film and soundtrack.
“Bryson and Katz may be in their autumnal years, but the musical world of the film suggests there’s a new adventure right around the corner,” said Kwapis. “Check out the rambunctious husband-and-wife duo Shovels & Rope, the soulful bluegrass of Raleigh-based Chatham County Line, the virtuosic Blake Mills (his warm and wistful “Dead End Street” was written for the film), the genre-defying Great Lake Swimmers, Honky Tonk pioneer Dwight Yoakam and his rousing salute to Buck Owens, Indiana’s Renaissance man Tim Grimm, the dynamic country trio Friends of Lola, and the amazingly versatile rocker-turned-film-composer Nathan Larson.”
- Mud – composed by Nathan Larson
- Dead End Street – performed by Blake Mills (Original Song)
- The Birds Are Singing At Night – performed by Lord Huron (Original Song)
- Tickin’ Bomb – performed by Shovels & Rope
- Crop Comes In – performed by Chatham County Line
- The Lake – performed by Tim Grimm
- The Ghost On The Shore – performed by Lord Huron
- I Don’t Care (Just As Long As You Love Me) – performed By Dwight Yoakam
- Kissed Me Like Thunder – performed by Friends of Lola
- She Lit A Fire – performed by Lord Huron
- Think That You Might Be Wrong – performed by Great Lake Swimmers
- So Many Stars – composed by Nathan Larson
- Brother (Last Ride) – performed by Lord Huron
- Ends Of The Earth – performed by Lord Huron
Broad Green Pictures presents A WALK IN THE WOODS, in theaters September 2, 2015. Varèse Sarabande will release the A WALK IN THE WOODS – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack digitally on September 4 and on CD September 25, 2015.