Kings of Leon have stripped down “Last Mile Home,” a song originally from the deluxe version of their latest album, Mechanical Bull, but written for the soundtrack of the new film August: Osage County. The lilting, soulful acoustic rendition of the tune will be found on the movie soundtrack when it is released on January 7th.
“It was a story we could all easily relate to,” Caleb Followill, Kings of Leon’s lead singer and songwriter tells Rolling Stone of the film. “The dynamic between family is always something that you look forward to, and dread at the same time. Not only are we family, but we all have very strong Oklahoma ties, so we totally relate to that ‘frontier grit.'”
Writing for the movie was the first time the rockers tackled a project that wasn’t specifically related to one of their albums. “It was important for us to create a song to complement such a beautiful film,” Followill says. “We submitted the song, then went out on the road, then had to find a few days to record between tours. It was a tight squeeze but we made it happen.”
In addition to “Last Mile Home,” the soundtrack to August: Osage County also features a new song by JD and the Straight Shot (“Violet’s Song”), plus previously released tracks by Bon Iver (“Himmon TX”), Eric Clapton (“Lay Down Sally”) and Billy Squier (“The Stroke”). Academy Award-winning composer Gustavo Santaolalla (Babel, Brokeback Mountain) also contributed to the hotly anticipated film, which stars Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Ewan McGregor, Chris Cooper, Abigail Breslin, Benedict Cumberbatch, Juliette Lewis, Margo Martindale, Dermot Mulroney, Julianne Nicholson, Sam Shepard and Misty Upham.