The album boasts performances by Kris Kristofferson in the role of the father, Joe; Elvis Costello as the satanic character The Shape; Roseanne Cash as the mother, Monique; and the sons portrayed by Will Daily (Frank), Dave Alvin (Jack), Phil Alvin (Andy) and Mellencamp (Drake). Sheryl Crow voices Jenna with Neko Case as Anna, boxing legend Joe Frazier as caretaker Dan Coker and novelist King in the role of Uncle Steve. Glenn Morshower serves as the narrator.
The musical's blues-tinged score is by Mellencamp. "Carrie," "Misery" and "The Shining" novelist King authored the book.
The album was reportedly produced like a radio play, with a full book of text, as well as two CDs that include all dialogue and songs and a third CD with only the music. Full details of the new release, scheduled for March 19, 2013, have not been revealed, though it is billed as a CD/DVD deluxe package, with a "making of" featurette about the musical.
A New York reading took place this past year, but there are no firm plans to bring Ghost Brothers to New York. The musical debuted to a lukewarm reception in Atlanta last spring. The cast included Tony Award winner Shuler Hensley, Tony nominee Emily Skinner and Justin Guarini.
The track list follows:
"That's Me" (Elvis Costello)
"That's Who I Am" (Neko Case)
"So Goddamn Smart" (Dave Alvin, Phil Alvin, Sheryl Crow)
"Wrong, Wrong, Wrong About Me" (Elvis Costello)
"Brotherly Love" (Ryan Bingham, Will Dailey)
"How Many Days" (Kris Kristofferson)
"You Are Blind" (Ryan Bingham)
"Home Again" (Sheryl Crow, Dave Alvin, Phil Alvin, Taj Mahal)
"You Don't Know Me" (Rosanne Cash)
"My Name Is Joe" (Clyde Mulroney)
"Tear This Cabin Down" (Taj Mahal)
"And Your Days Are Gone" (Sheryl Crow, Dave Alvin, Phil Alvin)
"Jukin'" (Sheryl Crow)
"What Kind of Man Am I" (Kris Kristofferson, Phil Alvin, Sheryl Crow Dave Alvin, Taj Mahal)
"So Goddamn Good" (Phil Alvin, Dave Alvin, Sheryl Crow)
"Away From This World" (Sheryl Crow)
"Truth" (John Mellencamp)