Willie Nelson Sings on The Hottest State Movie Soundtrack

Norah Jones, Cat Power, Bright Eyes, the Black Keys and Willie Nelson are amongst the artists that have been tapped to perform new songs written by Jesse Harris for the upcoming soundtrack to Ethan Hawke-directed film ‘The Hottest State.’ The album will be released Aug. 7 via Hickory Records, a new imprint recently put on the map through the release of ‘American Idol’ finalist Elliott Yamin`s debut album earlier this year.

Harris is co-producing the film, in which he will also play in a small role. Feist, M. Ward,Emmylou Harris, Brad Mehldau, Tony Scherr and Argentinian singer Rocha also contributed their talents to interpreting his songs. Harris performs three songs and wrote its two score passages.

“From our first conversation, I was overwhelmed by the quality of Jesse`s songwriting and how perfectly matched it was to my aspirations for the tone and mood of the film,” says Hawke, who has known Harris since the early `90s.

Harris, who penned Jones` 2002 hit “Don`t Know Why,” is also preparing to release his sixth solo album, ‘Feel,’ July 10 via Velour. ‘The Hottest State’ opens Aug. 24 in U.S. theaters.

Track Listing: 

‘Ya No Te Veria Mas (Never See You),’ Rocha
‘Always Seem To Get Things Wrong,’ Willie Nelson
‘Somewhere Down the Road,’Feist ‘Big Old House,’ Bright Eyes
‘The Speed of Sound,’ Emmylou Harris
‘It Will Stay With Us,’ Jesse Harris
‘If You Ever Slip,’ the Black Keys
‘Crooked Lines,’ M. Ward
‘World of Trouble,’ Norah Jones
‘Never See You,’ Brad Mehldau
‘It`s Alright To Fail,’ Cat Power
‘One Day the Dam Will Break,’ Jesse Harris
‘You, the Queen,’ Tony Scherr
‘Morning in a Strange City (Cafe)’ (score)
‘No More,’ Rocha
‘Dear Dorothy,’ Jesse Harris
‘Never See You,’ Rocha
‘There Are No Second Chances’ (score)

Adapted by Ethan Hawke from his own novel of the same name, THE HOTTEST STATE is a bittersweet romance that distills the joy, pain, erotic highs, and emotional lows of first love. Ethan Hawke directs and co-stars in the film along with Mark Webber, Catalina Sandino Moreno, and Laura Linney.

Days before his 21st birthday, William (Mark Webber), an actor, meets and quickly falls madly in love with Sara (Oscar-nominee Catalina Sandino Moreno), a seductive yet elusive singer/songwriter. The film follows William from a Lower East Side tenement to a Mexican hotel room to a snowbound weekend in Connecticut to a sweltering homecoming in the hottest state of all – Texas – in the pursuit of Sara. His stubborn and sweetly innocent quest to find someone who loves him as much as he loves her may not lead to happiness, but surely leads to newfound maturity.

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