Will The Best of Me Be the Best of Country?

Film Soundtrack Packed With New Music From Nashville Favorites

Usually when a movie based on a Nicholas Sparks book is coming out, I go on opening night. Because, you know, it’s Nicholas Sparks. I’m usually so excited, I buy tickets way in advance — like it was a country concert or something.

And now, with the upcoming release of The Best of Me, it’s kind of both.

The soundtrack from the movie is going to be like a Lady Antebellum, Hunter Hayes, David Nail, Kacey Musgraves, Kip Moore, the Eli Young Band, Eric Paslay, Thompson Square, Thomas Rhett concert.

All of those country artists and more have contributed brand new songs for the soundtrack.

Lady A has two songs on the soundtrack — “I Did With You” and “Falling for You” — and the rest of the track list sounds like one love song (or love-gone-wrong song) after another. Hayes has “Dream Girl,” Musgraves has “Love Is a Liar,” Nail has “All the Way” and the Eli Young Band has one simply called “Unchanged.”

I have a feeling the movie is going to be like Romeo and Juliet meets Nail’s “The Secret” meets Garth Brooks’ “Unanswered Prayers.” It’s being called an epic love story about teenage sweethearts who reunite in their small town for a funeral after 20 years.

The soundtrack comes out Oct. 7, the movie on Oct. 17.

Alison makes her living loving country music. She's based in Chicago, but she's always leaving her heart in Nashville.
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