The Civil Wars and T-Bone Burnett Join Forces for New Soundtrack

With multiple Grammy Award wins (including one last Sunday for their The Hunger Games collaboration with Taylor Swift), The Civil Wars have partnered with T-Bone Burnett to release a soundtrack to the A Place At The Table documentary. Read more about the new project here.

On February 26, Sensibility Music will release the soundtrack to the full-length documentary A Place At The Table, featuring original songs by The Civil Wars and T. Bone Burnett.  The single “Long Time Gone” can be heard on YouTube.  The film (distributed by Magnolia Pictures) will be released March 1 in theaters nationwide, as well as on iTunes and OnDemand.  Burnett, The Civil Wars, and Sensibility Music have agreed to done the label’s net profits and 100% of the producer/artist royalties to The Participant Foundation, supporting efforts to fight hunger in America.

Of the duo’s involvement in the project, Joy Williams of The Civil Wars says, “being a part of A Place At The Table opened my eyes to an epidemic that is happening in our country right now—underneath many of our noses. It’s happening to our neighbors, to our friends, to children. It’s a silent battle that can be won, if we as a nation set our minds to ending it. Linking arms with T Bone Burnett to create music for such a timely and important film as this was an honor.” 

John Paul White adds, “We met T Bone in New York City at the Americana Awards nomination announcements a couple of years ago. Turns out Rosanne Cash, the sweetheart, had turned him onto the music. He expressed a desire to work together, which was quickly reciprocated. Later on he and his manager Larry Jenkins contacted us about a documentary being made about hunger in America. We were already intrigued by the prospect of working with him, but as he laid out the scope of the film, it became apparent that the endeavor was more worthwhile than imagined. It hit home extremely hard for me; as a very young husband and father, I was a part of the WIC and food stamps program. I don’t like to dwell much on the past, but I hate to think where I would be without those programs. There were times that the only food on the table was a result of our enrollment. This contributes greatly to my deep attachment to this project. I’m thrilled to have had a small part in a film that exposes and highlights a pervasive problem right here at home. I’m excited about the dialogue that it creates, and the improvement of the lives affected.”

In other news on The Civil Wars, the duo recently added to their growing Grammy Award collection as they won Best Song Written For Visual Media for “Safe & Sound,” their collaboration with T. Bone Burnett and Taylor Swift from The Hunger Games soundtrack, at the 55th Grammy Awards.  Previously, The Civil Wars also won the awards for Best Folk Album and Best Country Duo/Group Performance at the 54th Grammy Awards.  

In 2012, their debut album Barton Hollow was certified Gold by the RIAA.  The CMA Nominated duo has promoted their debut album with appearances on “Good Morning America,” “Late Show with David Letterman,” “Jimmy Kimmel Live!,” “Austin City Limits,” BBC’s “Later…with Jools Holland,” “A Prairie Home Companion,” “Morning Becomes Eclectic,” “VH1 Unplugged” and “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.”

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The track listing for the A Place At The Table soundtrack is as follows:

1. Mississippi Delta – T Bone Burnett

2. Long Time Gone - The Civil Wars & T Bone Burnett

3. Uptown Brown’s – T Bone Burnett

4. Focus (Rosie’s Theme) - The Civil Wars

5. At the Table - T Bone Burnett

6. The Need - The Civil Wars & T Bone Burnett

7. Long Time Gone (Dustbowl Version) - The Civil Wars & T Bone Burnett

8. Food Deserts – T Bone Burnett

9. Jonestown Elementary (Tremonica) – T Bone Burnett

10. Getting Worse - The Civil Wars

11. Barbie at the Bodega - The Civil Wars

12. Witnesses to Hunger – T Bone Burnett

13. I Do Exist – T Bone Burnett

14. Finding North - The Civil Wars