West Los Angeles, CA (February 3, 2006)–The original soundtrack for Walk the Line was composed by roots music aficionado T-Bone Burnett and recorded and mixed by the Grammy-Award winning producer in Studio D at The Village Recording Studios.
Assistant engineer Jason Wormer (left) and Joaquin PhoenixAdditionally, the 5.1 music mix was created by Frank Wolf in Studio B. Executive music producer Burnett tracked the scoring sessions with longtime engineering partner, Michael Piersante, and assistant engineer, Jason Wormer, through the Neve 88R analog console in Studio D.
The team also tracked vocals at The Village with actor Joaquin Phoenix, who plays Cash in the movie, for some of the pre-recorded source music used to recreate the venerable country star’s live and in-studio performances in the film. Musicians on the recording sessions at The Village also included drumming legend Jim Keltner, guitarists Bill Frisell and Marc Ribot, bass player Dennis Crouch and keyboard player Keith Ciancia, in addition to Burnett.
Phoenix performed all of the vocals for his musical performances in Walk the Line. He and Reese Witherspoon, who plays Cash’s wife, reportedly had no musical experience prior to filming and received intensive vocal training from Burnett. Phoenix also learned to play guitar, while Witherspoon learned to play June Carter Cash’s instrument of choice, autoharp.
Frank Wolf (The Producers, Seabiscuit) was brought in for the 5.1 music mix, which he performed on the Neve VR console in The Village’s Studio B. Engineer Ghian Wright assisted.
Walk the Line is up for a total of five Oscars, including sound mixing.
The Village Recorder