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The ''O Brother'' soundtrack picks up surprise CMAs

”Constant Sorrow” resonates with country fans

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Dan Tyminski, Country Music Awards 2000
Soggy Bottom Boys: Alan Mayor/WireImage.com

They’re gonna have to rename it ”I Am a Man of Only Occasional Sorrow.” The surprise hit soundtrack to ”O Brother, Where Art Thou?” had a huge night at this year’s Country Music Association awards (held Nov. 7 in Nashville). The song ”I Am a Man of Constant Sorrow” beat out Lonestar, Brooks & Dunn, Sara Evans, and Diamond Rio for single of the year, while ”Brother” scored album of the year over Evans, Brooks & Dunn, Tim McGraw, and Alan Jackson. It’s especially notable given the tune’s scarcity on country radio; singles of the year are almost always big radio hits. ”I was dumbfounded,” says Dan Tyminski (of Alison Krauss’ Union Station), who moonlights in one-off band the Soggy Bottom Boys and sang ”Sorrow” on the CD. ”I thought the album had a chance, but single of the year? I would’ve bet the farm against that one, just for lack of airplay. After the album went double platinum, it surprised me more people didn’t say, ‘Maybe we should play it now.’ I think people kept waiting for it to go away. Oddly enough, it won’t.”

Additional reporting by Bob Cannon