The Great High Mountain Tour, featuring songs and performances by artists from the O Brother, Where Art Thou? and Cold Mountain soundtracks, will kick off on May 5 in Knoxville, Tennessee, in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains and make its way across North America (see itinerary following).

The show, modeled on the highly successful 2002 Down From the Mountain Tour and presented by Grammy winning producer T Bone Burnett, will feature several artists from that tour including: Alison Krauss (who performed two Oscar nominated songs in Cold Mountain) & Union Station featuring Jerry Douglas, Ralph Stanley, the Cox Family, Nashville Bluegrass Band, The Whites, and Norman & Nancy Blake. Dirk Powell, Riley Baugus, Tim Eriksen, and Reeltime Travelers will join them from the Cold Mountain soundtrack, as well as Ollabelle (a sextet who draws their inspiration from nineteenth and early-to-mid-twentieth century rural American music) and Sierra & Cody Hull (Sierra is a 12-year-old mandolin wizard who has performed on the Grand Ole Opry and PBS's All-Star Bluegrass Celebration, and who recently released her first independent release, Angel Mountain, with her brother Cody).

"Down From The Mountain was an extraordinary night of music," says Burnett, "and we are going deeper into this exploration of traditional American music with the artists and songs from Cold Mountain. There is great freedom in this music and in these shows that allows for every evening to be unique."

Alison Krauss and Union Station
The finale each night will feature "I'm Going Home" and "Idumea," Sacred Harp songs from Cold Mountain, which will be performed by the entire cast and, in some markets, augmented with local sacred harp singers. The finale of the Down From the Mountain tour was the highlight of the show, inspiring audiences across the country to rise, hold hands and sing along with the cast; it was a moment so moving that many of the cast members wept each night.

Burnett and acclaimed musician/filmmaker Bob Neuwirth will serve as the show's musical directors. The revue will again be a theatrical presentation with musicians coming on and off the stage to collaborate in different groupings, creating many exciting possibilities. The evening will feature songs such as "Man of Constant Sorrow" performed by Dan Tyminski (a.k.a. The Soggy Bottom Boys), "Keep on the Sunny Side" by The Whites, and "You Are My Sunshine" by Norman and Nancy Blake from O Brother, Where Art Thou? and "I Wish My Baby Was Born" by Eriksen, Baugus and Tim O'Brien, "Like A Songbird That Has Fallen" by the Reeltime Travelers, and "You Will Be My One True Love" and "The Scarlet Tide" by Krauss—both of which were nominated for an Academy Award and performed on the 76th Annual Academy Awards.

Ticket information for The Great High Mountain Tour is available at:


May 05 | Knoxville, TN | Thompson-Boling Arena
May 06 | Columbus, OH | Schottenstein Center
May 07 | Cincinnati, OH | US Bank Arena
May 08 | Chicago, IL | Civic Opera House
May 09 | Milwaukee, WI | Milwaukee Theatre
May 11 | Minneapolis, MN | Northrop Auditorium
May 12 | St. Louis, MO | The Fox Theatre
May 13 | Detroit, MI | The Fox Theatre
May 14 | Lexington, KY | Rupp Arena
May 21 | Salem, VA | Salem Civic Center
May 22 | Cary, NC | Amphitheatre At Regency Park
May 23 | Greenville, SC | BI-LO Center
May 24 | Huntsville, AL | Von Braun Center
May 27 | New York, NY | Beacon Theater (on sale 4/19)
May 28 | Norfolk, VA | TBA (on sale 4/23)
May 31 | Boston, MA | Fleet Boston Pavilion (on sale 4/19)
June 01 | Kingston, RI | Ryan Center
June 02 | Vienna, VA | Filene Center at Wolftrap (on sale 4/17)
June 08 | Atlanta, GA | Fox Theater (on sale 4/17)
June 09 | Southaven, MS | DeSoto Center (on sale 4/24)
June 10 | Branson, MO | Grand Palace (on sale 4/23)
June 11 | Council Bluffs, IA | Mid America Center (on sale 5/1)
June 12 | Denver, CO | Red Rocks Amphitheater (on sale now)
June 14 | Ft. Worth, TX | Bass Hall (on sale 4/24)
June 16 | Bossier City, LA (on sale TBA)

For more information, check out the website at

For more press information, please contact
Kevin Lane at 615-414-8463 or or
Renee Pfefer at 212.833.4424 or

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