You wouldn’t think of the straight-laced Alan Jackson to be one for show tunes and Hollywood hobnobbing, but when comedian and cartoonist Seth McFarlane came calling for someone to lend a husky, country voice to the soundtrack of his upcoming movie A Million Ways to Die In The West, Jackson fit the bill.
If you’ve ever been a fan of any of McFarlane’s cartoons like Family Guy or American Dad, you know the Seth has a hankering for Golden Age big band-style show tunes, and that’s the style the Million Ways to Die title track is cut in; somewhat indicative of Marty Robbins and the early silver screen cowboys like Gene Autry who had just as much to do with country becoming a genuine American music genre as anyone.
And don’t think funny man McFarlane is a slouch when it comes to shaping notes; he a noted singer and released an album in 2011 called Music Is Better Than Words covering classic swing and jazz tunes from the 40’s and 50’s. An accomplished piano player as well, he’s previously performed at Carnegie Hall and Royal Albert Hall. Seth has also been pretty successful at releasing movies. His 2012 comedy Ted became the highest-grossing R-rated original comedy of all time. A Million Ways to Die In The West promises to have a heavy musical component, and since they won’t play him on the radio anymore, it’s good to see Jackson get the nod.
A Million Ways to Die in the West starring McFarlane, Charlize Theron, Amanda Seyfried, Giovanni Ribisi, Neil Patrick Harris, Sarah Silverman and Liam Neeson is set to be released on May 30th by Universal Pictures.