Randall Poster, one of the most celebrated music supervisors in entertainment and the creative director of Premier Music Group, has been busy in 2021 working on a number of key projects in the worlds of film, TV and music. Today it was announced that Home In This World: Woody Guthrie’s Dust Bowl Ballads, an interpretation of Guthrie’s landmark 1940 album Dust Bowl Ballads (Elektra), will be released September 10. Pre-order here: https://elektra.lnk.to/homeinthisworld. Poster executive produced and supervised the album and he spoke with Rolling Stone about it in this exclusive interview that was published this morning: https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/home-in-this-world-woody-guthries-dustbowl-ballads-1199558/
The album features an all-star cast, assembled by Poster, that interpret the songs on the only non-compilation album of Guthrie’s career, including everyone from GRAMMY® Award winners Lee Ann Womack and John Paul White to poet laureate Mark Lanegan and country and Americana star Lillie Mae, Shovels & Rope, mandolinist Chris Thile, Colter Wall, Watkins Family Hour, Waxahatchee, Lost Dog Street Band, The Felice Brothers, Secret Sisters, Swamp Dogg, and Parker Millsap.
Poster elaborated on the project, sharing, “Woody Guthrie’s ‘Dust Bowl Ballads’ is as relevant as ever. While profiteers exploit our natural resources, there is a growing sensitivity to the harsh farming practices that put our well-being at risk and a concerted movement toward regenerative agriculture that can reinvigorate the soil and push back on climate change. I asked some of my favorite artists to help render these songs, hoping that this collection will reinforce the enduring power and prescience of Guthrie’s music and reveal the power of song. I tried to think of these songs as the soundtrack to a movie, building a narrative, a story where the world wakes up to the climate threats and unite to combat it successfully. It’s a great movie.”
Sharing aligned missions, Home In This World will be released in partnership with Kiss The Ground, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit on a mission to awaken people to the possibilities of regenerative agriculture and inspire participation in this movement through media, communications, education, immersive programming, and advocacy.
Randall Poster is one of the most celebrated music supervisors in entertainment, best known for his longtime collaborative partnerships with Wes Anderson and Martin Scorsese. He was recently nominated for an Emmy for his work on The Queens Gambit (Netflix), music supervised Summer of Soul, Questlove’s directorial debut about the overlooked Harlem Cultural Festival that took place in the summer of ‘69, as well as Wes Anderson’s The French Dispatch that just premiered at Cannes. Other credits include One Night In Miami including the Oscar-nominated song “Speak Now” performed by Leslie Odom Jr., Tiger King, and he produced legendary folk singer Loudon Wainwright's latest album I’d Rather Lead A Band, featured recently on NPR’s Fresh Air. Poster is also working on new films with Wes Anderson and Martin Scorsese, and is currently the music supervisor of Airmail.
Premier Music Group is a boutique music supervision and sync firm led by two entertainment industry leaders, Josh Deutsch and Randall Poster. Deutsch is an executive that founded Downtown Records before launching Premier in 2017. Poster was recentlyprofiled by Variety and is known for his work with Wes Anderson as well as several Scorsese films and far beyond. Learn more about them in this New Yorker feature.
Notable projects across Premier Music Group include the chart-topping podcasts Renegades: Born in the USA with Bruce Springsteen and President Obama, The Michelle Obama Podcast and Malcolm Gladwell's network including hit music podcast Broken Record hosted by Rick Rubin. Other recent clients including McCann, R/GA, Wunderman-Thompson, Tiffany & Co., Calvin Klein, Warby Parker, Samsung, Sephora, Lifewater, and Stella Artois.
1. Dust Bowl Blues – Shovels & Rope
2. I Ain't Got No Home In This World Anymore – Lost Dog Street Band
3. Blowin' Down This Road – Watkins Family Hour
4. Pretty Boy Floyd – John Paul White
5. Dusty Old Dust – Lee Ann Womack
6. Do Re Mi – Colter Wall
7. Talkin Dust Bowl Blues – Waxahatchee
8. Tom Joad Part 1 – Chris Thile
9. Tom Joad Part 2 – Lillie Mae
10. The Great Dust Storm – The Felice Brothers
11. Dust Cain't Kill Me – The Secret Sisters
12. Dust Bowl Refugee – Swamp Dogg
13. Dust Pneumonia Blues – Mark Lanegan
14. Vigilante Man – Parker Millsap