I Am a Man of Constant Sorrow
Soggy Bottom Boys
Day 23 of Fictional Band February 2: The Soggy Bottom Boys!
These guys are from the Coen Brother’s O Brother, Where Art Thou?, and one of the most requested fictional bands to cover. I hope this doesn’t disappoint too much … because it’s been a while since I watched the movie.
Ulysses Everett McGill - vocals!
Delmar O’Donnell - vocals !
Pete Hogwollop - vocals!
Tommy Johnson - guitar!
The band only initially recorded their cover of ‘I Am a Man of Constant Sorrow’ to make some quick money while on-the-lam but the recording became a huge hit. Of course, that’s only one of the gang’s many adventures in the movie. Later on, they perform as the Soggy Bottom Boys again singing ‘In the Jailhouse Now.’
For today’s song, I couldn’t not pick Constant Sorrow. There are a few different variations in the movie and on the soundtrack, this is the second one on the soundtrack. The voices for the Soggy Bottom Boys were done by Dan Tyminski, Harley Allen and Pat Enright on Constant Sorrow, while Tim Blake Nelson (Delmar) sang ‘In the Jailhouse Now's lead vocal.
- The Soggy Bottom Boys were named after bluegrass group The Foggy Mountain Boys
- Tommy Johnson (the guitarist) said he sold his soul to the devil to be a great guitar player, inspired by blues artists Tommy Johnson and Robert Johnson, who claimed to sell their souls to the devil for the same reason
And… now I really want to watch this movie again.
Just finished watching this for the first time. What a fantastic movie with a lot of historical references.