Case Histories

Music

An ex-cop from Yorkshire jogs across the hills overlooking Edinburgh, listening to mournful American country singers and mulling over his tangled life. It's private investigator Jackson Brodie, brought vividly to life in words — and music — by author Kate Atkinson. In an exclusive interview, Atkinson explains her love of music, and the Case Histories producers share details of the songs used in the series.

Thoughts from Kate Atkinson: Like me, Jackson is a long-term country fan and for each of the novels I've had a playlist — something which often evolves during the course of the novel, but which somehow points me to something essential at the heart of each book. Sometimes the tracks don't seem particularly relevant, but they are to me (and Jackson)...

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I sent the Started Early tape to Ashley Phoenix, the writer of two of the Case Histories episodes, as he's also a country fan. I suspect some of the choices on the soundtrack are his, but the Mary Gauthier song is mine. I'm really glad that thanks to Case Histories more people have discovered Mercy Now as I think it's such a great track.

Jackson likes his women, not just Nanci Griffith and Lucinda Williams but also Iris DeMent, Gillian Welch, Mary Gauthier, Eliza Gilkyson and a host of others. I am (and thereby Jackson, of course) a total fan of both Lucy Kaplansky and Patti Griffin, neither of whom are feature here but would most definitely have been on Jackson's playlist. Kris Delmhorst was a new artist to me but I've been listening to her a lot since discovering her on the soundtrack.

(Editor's Note: For more on Kate Atkinson, her books and musical interests, visit Kate Atkinson's website.)

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Episode 1
  • Speed Of The Sound Of Loneliness   Speed of the Sound of Loneliness - Other Voices, Other Rooms
    Performed by Nanci Griffith
    From the album Other Voices Other Rooms
    Written by John E Prine
    (Bug Music / Universal International Music)
    Photo credit: © Steve Jennings/CORBIS
  • Mercy Now   Mercy Now - Mercy Now (Bonus Track)
    Written and performed by Mary Gauthier
    From the album Mercy Now
    (Mary Gauthier Songs / UMG Recordings Inc)
  • Sweet Old World   Sweet Old World - Sweet Old World
    Written and performed by Lucinda Williams
    From the album Sweet Old World
    (Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp / Chameleon Records)
    Photo credit: James Minchin III
  • Your Long Journey   Your Long Journey - Raising Sand
    Performed by Robert Plant and Alison Krauss
    From the album Raising Sand
    Traditional / Doc Watson - Rosa Lee Watson
    (Hillgreen Music / Rounder Records Corp)
    Photo credit: © Tim Mosenfelder/Corbis
  • I'll Take My Sorrow Straight   I'll Take My Sorrow Straight - The Way I Should
    Performed by Iris DeMent
    From the album The Way I Should
    Written by Iris DeMent, Elmer McCall
    (Songs of Iris / WEA International Inc.)
  • Trouble   Trouble (Duet with Delbert McClinton) - The Way I Should
    Performed by Iris DeMent
    From the album The Way I Should
    Written by Iris DeMent, Elmer McCall
    (Songs of Iris / WEA International Inc.)
Episode 2
  • When You Walk On   When You Walk On - Paradise Hotel
    Written and performed by Eliza Gilkyson
    From the album Paradise Hotel
    (Gilkysongs / Red House Records, Inc.)
  • Bus to Baton Rouge   Bus to Baton Rouge (New Mastering) - Essence
    Written and performed by Lucinda Williams
    From the album Essence
    (Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp / UMG Recordings Inc)
    Photo credit: James Minchin III
  • 2 Hearts   2 Hearts - X
    Performed by Kylie Minogue
    From the album X
    Written by John Eliot & Jemima Stilwell
    (Sony / TV Music Publishing (UK) Limited / EMI Records Limited)
    Photo credit: © Stephane Cardinale/People Avenue/Corbis
  • Blue   Blue - Essence
    Written and performed by Lucinda Williams
    From the album Essence
    (Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp / UMG Recordings Inc.)
    Photo credit: James Minchin III
  • Calm Before The Storm   Calm Before the Storm - Paradise Hotel
    Written and performed by Eliza Gilkyson
    From the album Paradise Hotel
    (Gilkysongs / Red House Records, Inc.)
Episode 3
  • Destiny   Destiny - Simple Things
    Performed by Zero 7
    From the album Simple Things
    Written by Sia Furler, Henry Binns, Sam Hardaker, Sophie Barker
    (Universal / MCA Music Limited / EMI Music Publishing Ltd. / Ultimate Dilemma Records)
  • Drinkin' Problem   Drinkin' Problem - Unglamorous (Bonus Track Version)
    Performed by Lori McKenna
    From the album Unglamorous
    Written by Mark D Sanders & Lori McKenna
    (Larga Vista Music / Hornall Brothers America Music / Warner Music UK Limited)
  • Mercy Now   Mercy Now - Mercy Now (Bonus Track)
    Written and performed by Mary Gauthier
    From the album Mercy Now
    (Mary Gauthier Songs / UMG Recordings Inc)
  • Winter Wonderland   Winter Wonderland - Epic Records: A Season of Soul and Sounds
    Performed by Macy Gray
    From the album Epic Records: A Season of Soul & Sounds
    Written by Felix Bernard & Richard B Smith
    (Donaldson-Douglas-Gumble Inc. / Sony Music Entertainment Inc)
    Photo credit: © Amy Harris/Corbis
  • The Magic   The Magic - The Deep Field
    Performed by Joan as Police Woman
    From the album The Deep Field
    Written by Joan Wasser
    (Chrysalis Songs / [PIAS] Recordings)
  • Since You Went Away   Since You Went Away - Strange Conversation
    Performed by Kris Delmhorst
    From the album Strange Conversation
    Written by James Johnson & Kris Delmhorst
    (Big Bean Music / Signature Sounds)
  • VCR   VCR - xx
    Performed by The xx
    From the album xx
    Written by Romy Croft, Baria Qureshi, Oliver Sim & Jamie Smith
    (Universal Music Publishing Limited / XL Recordings Limited)

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