Man of Constant Sorrow – The Soggy Bottom Boys (Union Station)

THIS DAY IN MUSIC…………………………………………on March 28th of 2001 The “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” soundtrack goes platinum. Produced by T Bone Burnett, it features Emmylou Harris, Ralph Stanley, The Soggy Bottom Boys, Alison Krauss, Harry McClintock, Gillian Welch, John Hartford and The Cox Family. From the soundtrack comes “Man of Constant Sorrow” by The Soggy Bottom Boys. The Soggy Bottom Boys were a group that was made up for the movie with George Clooney as one of the members. The real voice was that of Dan Tyminski from the band Union Station, with backing vocals from Harley Allen and Pat Enright.  The bluegrass song was first published in 1913 by the blind folk singer Richard Burnett. This song was featured in the movie Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?, which is based on the novel The Odyssey. The song relates to the story: the line, “I am a man of constant sorrow. I’ve seen trouble all my days” refers to Odysseus and all the troubles he had on his journey home. Some artists who recorded the song include The Stanley Brothers, Bob Dylan and Jerry Garcia. Released in 1961, Judy Collins’ first album was called A Maid of Constant Sorrow, with the title track being a version of this song with the gender reversed. The song won the 2001 CMA award for Best Single and a Grammy Award for Best Country Collaboration with Vocals.