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Matthews, Harris Go Dixie

Fountains, Pumpkins members also contribute to soundtrack

October 15, 2004 12:00 AM ET
Emmylou Harris, Shawn Colvin, and Fountains of Wayne's Adam Schlesinger and former Smashing Pumpkin James Iha are contributing tracks to the soundtrack for Because of Winn-Dixie. The Wayne Wang film, based on Kate DiCamillo's children's book, will also feature Dave Matthews' big-screen acting debut.

Matthews also produced the gospel track Glory Glory, performed by Patrinell Wright and Gloria Smith, for the soundtrack. He became involved in the project after reading the book -- about a young girl who was abandoned by her mother and finds herself starting over in a new town with her father, a preacher.

"I thought it was a really sweet story," Matthews told Rolling Stone. And he found his supporting role -- as a local character named Otis -- not too daunting. "By no means do I think it will have the effect of judging me as an actor, as if I've thrown myself into some giant spectacle. It's small."

Schlesinger and Iha redid Bobby Darin's Splish Splash to accompany a scene of the girl giving a dog a bath. "It was something I wanted to do because I have a daughter who's a year and a half, and it's one of the few songs she knows," says Schlesinger. "We amused ourselves while we were recording it: I played drums, and James played guitar and sang the lead vocals. It's pretty garage-y as far as 'Splish Splash' goes."

Because of Winn-Dixie track listing:

"Opal's Blues," the Be Good Tanyas
"I've Gotta See You Smile," Leigh Nash
"Someday Somehow," the Beu Sisters
"Sunflower," Alice Peacock
"Splish Splash," Adam Schlesinger and James Iha
"The Clapping Song," Shirley Ellis
"Won't Give In," the Finn Brothers
"Cabaret," Emmylou Harris
"Fly," Shawn Colvin
"Glory Glory," Patrinell Wright & Gloria Smith
"Tree of Wrongs" (score), Rachel Portman
"Opal's Theme" (score), Rachel Portman
"Ten Things" (score), Rachel Portman

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