"Hard Time Killing Floor Blues" found new life when Chris Thomas King
performed it in the 2000 movie O Brother, Where Art Thou?
in character as blues musician Tommy Johnson. King's version, produced by T-Bone Burnett, was included on the soundtrack, which sold 8 million copies and went to #1 in America.
In the film, King performed it around a campfire with George Clooney, John Turturro and Tim Blake Nelson (the Soggy Bottom Boys) looking on. King recalled in his book The Blues: The Authentic Narrative of My Music and Culture
: "It seemed during the pivotal campfire scene, I'd truly conjured some mystical Voodoo, which Rodger Deakins, the cinematographer, had masterfully captured. I hadn't swiveled my hips on Ed Sullivan, set my guitar on fire at Monterey Pop, nor moonwalked on Motown's 25th anniversary stage. Yet, somehow, it was understood we'd caught lighting in a bottle."