Although I never got into the books, the movie series about a dystopian future society, death competitions and more is absolutely electric, as each movie leaves you on the edge of your seat, wanting more. A total babe slinging arrows like Robin Hood, fighting a totalitarian regime to free her people from the bondage of the Capitol? Sign me up.
The upcoming prequel stars Rachel Zegler as District 12 tribute and folk singer Lucy Gray Baird, and Tom Blyth as the young Coriolanus Snow, taking place 64 years before the time period of the series we know and love today.
The plot will follow Snow as he mentors Lucy Gray in the 10th annual Hunger Games in an effort to restore his family’s name. As Lucy Gray is an incredible singer, the two create an inseparable bond while preparing for the games.
However, perhaps the part I’m looking forward to the most is the soundtrack, as it was announced earlier this month that Charles Wesley Godwin, Flatland Cavalry, Billy Strings, Sierra Ferrell, and Molly Tuttle will all be featured on the tracklist, in addition to Zegler herself.
With that being said, the soundtrack for The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes is out today.
Charles Wesley Godwin took a run at “Winter’s Come and Gone,” with an up-tempo, acoustic arrangement as he sings about going through the trials of the winter, and pushing through to the other side. Written by Gillian Welch and David Rawlings, it first appeared on Welch’s 1998 album, Hell Among the Yearlings.
Charles Wesley Godwin – “Winter’s Come & Gone”
Flatland Cavalry’s song is called “Wool,” and it’s a haunting ballad, as frontman Cleto Cordero sings about a familiar but unwanted face peaking around wool.
Flatland Cavalry – “Wool”
The talented West Virginia native, Sierra Ferrell, brings us an official studio version of “The Garden,” a song that she’s been performing live for nearly two years. Sierra recently told us she had new music on the way, and I imagine this one could make the new record.
Featuring a beautiful fiddle solo, it’s a tune that compares the work and care required in tending to a garden to the same kind of work and care that comes with cultivating a romantic relationship, as well as the seasonality of relationships and gardening…. sowing, reaping, new beginnings, and heartbreaking endings.
Sierra Ferrell – “The Garden”
Billy Strings shows off his impressive pickin’ skills once again in the bluegrass banger “Cabin Song,” an unreleased song that has a made a few appearances in his live show this year.
Billy Strings – “Cabin Song”
Grammy winner Molly Tuttle, who is also known for her incredible bluegrass pickin’ abilities, covers the bluegrass classic, “Bury Me Beneath The Willow.” A bluegrass tune of unknown origin, it’s a song that dates back to the early 1900s and has been recorded by The Carter Family in 1927, The Delmore Brothers in 1938, and Ricky Skaggs and Tony Rice in 1980, among others.
Molly Tuttle – “Bury Me Beneath The Willow”
And finally, Bella White.
Bella might be one of the best kept secrets in country music. With two stellar albums under her belt in the past few years, the BC native is absolutely a must-listen. According to an Instagram post, she says “Burn Me Once” is an old song that she wrote a long time ago, so perhaps we’re lucky it got to see the light of day.