O Brother Movie and Album Delayed

The release of the film O Brother, Where Art Thou? and its soundtrack album on Mercury Records have been delayed. Originally set to debut nationally in October, the movie is now scheduled to open Dec. 22 in New York and Los Angeles and in mid-January 2001 in the rest of the country. The soundtrack, initially set for a September rollout, is now targeted for Nov. 14.

A notice from Nashville’s DS Management, which has been acting as musical liaison on the project, says that the movie will premiere in New York “possibly on Dec. 18” and that there will be another “special screening” in Nashville at a date yet to be announced.

O Brother, Where Art Thou? stars George Clooney, Holly Hunter, John Goodman and John Turturro and features music by John Hartford, Alison Krauss, the Nashville Bluegrass Band, Ralph Stanley, Emmylou Harris, Dan Tyminski, the Cox Family, Gillian Welch & David Rawlings, the Whites, the Fairfield Four, Colin Linden, the Peasall Sisters, Chris Thomas King and Tim Blake Nelson.

The Ethan and Joel Coen film was screened in Nashville for its major participants in late May as part of a series of activities that also included a concert at the Ryman, photo shoots, media interviews and the filming of a documentary by D.A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus on the making of the movie.

Edward Morris is a veteran of country music journalism. He lives in Nashville, Tennessee, and is a frequent contributor to CMT.com.