The Byrds’ Roger McGuinn re-cuts iconic song for anticipated movie soundtrack Album features Ricky Skaggs and Emmylou Harris.
August 14, 2014 (Nashville, Tenn.)
Ancient biblical text that inspired The Byrds’ No. 1 hit “Turn! Turn! Turn!” will now provide a cinematic backdrop for the provocative new film, THE SONG, releasing nationwide from Samuel Goldwyn Films and City On a Hill Studio on September 26.
In honor of the film, The Byrds’ Roger McGuinn has re-arranged the band’s timeless classic for THE SONG ALBUM, which will release September 16 from Capitol Records (Christian Music Group).
The 15-track project features musical icons such as Ricky Skaggs, Americana Vocalist of the Year Emmylou Harris and McGuinn.
“‘Turn! Turn! Turn!’, based on the book of Ecclesiastes, is my favorite song,” says rock legend Roger McGuinn. “It was a pleasure to work with Ricky, Emmylou, and friends to re-record this version for the movie and soundtrack.”
Recorded in the heart of Music City, Nashville, Tenn., renowned musicians put their own spin on the iconic lyrics of “Turn! Turn! Turn!” in a new recording which features collaboration by McGuinn, Skaggs and Harris.
The classic song is based on Scriptures written by Solomon in the book of Ecclesiastes. THE SONG ALBUM also features 11 original American Roots songs, also inspired by the life and writings of Solomon, as well as four classic hits with new musical arrangements.
Emmylou Harris’ involvement with the project benefits her charity Bonaparte’s Retreat, a rescue that is dedicated to providing nurturing care for adoptable dogs when their dog allotted time at the shelter has elapsed.
Of course Richard Ramsey (writer and director) had a dream list of history makers in Americana Music, and yes Emmylou Harris was at the tip top of the list.
With Roger McGuinn, Ricky Skaggs and Jerry Douglas on board it became bigger than any dream team to round out this project and take it to an incredible place.”