Denzel Washington has recently been following the footsteps of Samuel Jackson by directing and starring in a movie that hired some of Memphis’s finest musicians to take care of the job of creating the soundtrack. Produced by Oprah, “The Great Debaters” is film is based on the true story of Melvin B.Tolson, who, while at Wiley College in formed a debate team that beat Harvard in 1935 during the national championships. Local musician Alvin Youngblood Hart also makes a cameo appearance in the film.
The soundtrack to the film contains remakes of traditional blues and gospel songs from the ’20s and ’30s. Memphis session artists Susan Powell and husband (Ardent Producer) Jeff Powell have teamed up to contribute to the soundtrack of the film. Hart is also featured on the soundtrack along with the Carolina Chocolate Drops, Sharon Jones (of The Dap Kings) Billy Rivers and the Angelic Voices of Faith, and Memphis’ A-List studio musicians Teenie Hodges, Leroy Hodges, Steve Potts, Lester Snell, Harry Peel and Jackie Johnson.
The movie will be released in theaters on Christmas Day.
The soundtrack will be available with Atlantic Records with a release date of Dec 11th.