Reaching the populace with ‘Crazy Heart’

Posted by · 9:11 am · February 1st, 2010

Jeff Bridges in Crazy HeartWith “Crazy Heart” expanding more throughout the country and expecting, no doubt, a bit of an exposure bump after Tuesday’s Oscar nominations announcement, Fox Searchlight is stepping up its game and doing a nice job of getting the music out there.

I stumbled across last week, a nifty bit of social networking that allows musicians (of any level of talent, believe me) to upload their cover of Ryan Bingham and T Bone Burnett’s theme from the film.  The first video on the grid is Bingham performing it at the Los Angeles press day, but the second one I hadn’t seen.  It’s Jeff Bridges performing it in front of Peter Travers (I think).  The rest are user entries.

Meanwhile, is offering up a contest whose winner I’d be incredibly jealous of.  The prize: an Epiphone AJ-200S acoustic guitar autographed by Bridges, Burnett and Bingham (suddenly I’m aware of the alliteration on this project).

We’ll see tomorrow if the film can manage surprise nominations for Best Supporting Actress, Best Adapted Screenplay and/or Best Picture, but for now, the road is pretty well paved for Bridges (who showed up at last night’s Grammys to introduce a performance tribute to Les Paul).

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  • 1 2-01-2010 at 12:44 pm

    rosengje said...

    I purchased the Deluxe soundtrack on your recommendation last week. Even more than The Weary Kind I am obsessed with Hold On You. This might be a silly question, but is that not eligible for any awards consideration? Or has it just not been as prevalent as The Weary Kind?

  • 2 2-01-2010 at 5:14 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    It was eligible but it didn’t make the longlist. I’m not sure if Searchlight limited the amount of tunes it submitted or not, but hte only tracks that made the longlist are The Weary Kind and Somebody Else.

    Hold On You, by the way, is Cooper’s favorite from the soundtrack. It’s pretty badass.