Written and directed by Academy Award winners Joel and Ethan Coen, Inside Llewyn Davis stars Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan, John Goodman, Garrett Hedlund, and Justin Timberlake. The film's soundtrack, produced by T Bone Burnett, Joel Coen, and Ethan Coen, with Marcus Mumford as its associate producer, features 12 new recordings created especially for the film and soundtrack. Also included is a never-before-released recording of Bob Dylan performing his song "Farewell," which was originally recorded during the sessions for his album The Times They Are A-Changin' and is available exclusively on this soundtrack.
“Joel and Ethan Coen’s wonderful new film is the kind of great work that cuts right through the noise.” —The New York Times
“Audiences just heard a clean, hard crack: the Coen brothers hit one out of the park. The musical interludes are stunning.” —The Guardian
“A great film by two American masters, the Coens have taken a real time and place and freely made it their own, drawing on actual persons and events for inspiration, but binding themselves only to their own bountiful imaginations. The result is playful and evocative. There is also the joy of the music itself, exquisitely arranged by T Bone Burnett and sung live on set by the actors themselves. The soundtrack is stupendous.” —Variety
Nonesuch Records releases the soundtrack to Inside Llewyn Davis on November 11, 2013. Written and directed by Academy Award© winners Joel and Ethan Coen, the film stars Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan, John Goodman, Garrett Hedlund, and Justin Timberlake. Produced by T Bone Burnett, Joel Coen, and Ethan Coen, with Marcus Mumford as its associate producer, the album features 12 new recordings created especially for the film and soundtrack. Also included is a never-before-released recording of Bob Dylan performing his song “Farewell,” which was originally recorded during the sessions for his album The Times They Are A-Changin' and is available exclusively on this soundtrack.
Inside Llewyn Davis is the Coen brothers’ fourth collaboration with the multiple Grammy and Academy Award®–winning Burnett; his soundtrack to their film O Brother, Where Art Thou? won five Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year and Producer of the Year (Burnett). Inside Llewyn Davis recently won the Grand Prix at the Cannes International Film Festival and will be distributed by CBS Films in the United States, where it opens theatrically on December 6. (Studio Canal is handling international distribution for Inside Llewyn Davis.)
Inside Llewyn Davis follows a week in the life of a young folk singer as he navigates the Greenwich Village folk scene of 1961. Llewyn Davis (Oscar Isaac) is at a crossroads. Guitar in tow, huddled against the unforgiving New York winter, he is struggling to make it as a musician against seemingly insurmountable obstacles—some of them of his own making. Living at the mercy of both friends and strangers, scaring up what work he can find, Llewyn’s misadventures take him from the baskethouses of the Village to an empty Chicago club—on an odyssey to audition for a music mogul—and back again.
Brimming with music performed by Isaac, Justin Timberlake and Carey Mulligan (as Llewyn’s married Village friends), as well as Marcus Mumford and Punch Brothers, Inside Llewyn Davis—in the tradition of O Brother, Where Art Thou?—is infused with the transportive sound of another time and place.
Watch a trailer for Inside Llewyn Davis here:
Music produced by T Bone Burnett, Joel Coen & Ethan Coen
Associate Music Producer: Marcus Mumford
Recorded by Jason Wormer & Peter Kurland at Avatar Studios, New York, NY; Olympic Studios, Los Angeles, CA; The Village, West Los Angeles, CA; Sound Emporium, Nashville, TN; House of Blues Studios, Nashville, TN
Additional recording by Emile Kelman, Bob Mallory
Assistant Engineers: Zachary Dawes, Vanessa Parr, Bob Mallory, Shin Miyazawa, Chris Wilkinson, Adam Taylor, Zack Dewall
“The Storms are on the Ocean” recorded by Dave Sinko
Mixed by Mike Piersante at Olympic Studios, Los Angeles, CA
Mastered to the code standard by Gavin Lurssen at Lurssen Mastering, Hollywood, CA
Guitar & Equipment Technicians: Thomas Perme, Zachary Dawes
Production Coordinator: Ivy Skoff
Cover photo © Bettmann/Corbis
Unit photographer: Alison Rosa
Design by BLT
Special Thanks: Bob Hurwitz, Scott Rudin, Larry Jenkins, Patricia Murphy, Karina Beznicki, Eli Bush, Marc Cimino, Jason Colton, Melissa Cusick, Sid Fohrman, Jason Karlov, Jeff Rosen, Emio Zizza
Guitars provided by Norman Harris of Norman’s Rare Guitars
Marcus Mumford appears courtesy of Gentlemen of the Road and Glassnote Records in North America, Dew Process Records in Australia, and Gentlemen of the Road and Island Records Group outside of North America and Australia
Justin Timberlake appears courtesy of RCA Records
Gillian Welch and David Rawlings appear courtesy of Acony Records
“Farewell” courtesy of Columbia Records by arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
Dave van Ronk’s “Green, Green Rocky Road” courtesy of Tradition & Moderne