Chris Thomas King
, who played bluesman Tommy Johnson in the film O Brother, Where Art Thou?
, wrote this song for the documentary concert Down From The Mountain
, where he performed it with Colin Linden. The concert was held at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville on May 24, 2000, soon after O Brother
made its film festival debut. Down From The Mountain
features various roots musicians performing songs either from the film or inspired by it. In the movie, Chris Thomas King sings the Skip James song "Hard Time Killing Floor Blues." He was the only actor whose real voice was used on the soundtrack.
The Down From The Mountain
soundtrack was released soon after the film was released in theaters in December 2000.