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The soundtrack album for "Ghost Brothers of Darkland County" a new stage musical by John Mellencamp, Stephen King and T Bone Burnett, will be released June. 4.

AEG Live has announced and Broadwayworld.com reports that that the southern gothic, supernatural musical "Ghost Brothers of Darkland County," will kick off a national tour on Oct. 10 in Bloomington, Mich.
Written by Stephen King, with music by John Mellencamp and T Bone Burnett, the musical, according to the website, is set in the town of Lake Belle Reve, Miss., and tells the tale of two sets of brothers: the ghosts of Jack and Andy, dead in an apparent murder/suicide, and their nephews, the living Frank and Drake, who seem to be headed toward the same downward spiral as their uncles.

Accodording to the tour's schedule, the closest the show gets to Chicago is an Oct. 29 date at the Pabst Riverside Theatre in Milwaukee, Oct. 26 at the Coronado Performing Arts Center in Rockford, and Oct. 24 at the Embassy Theatre in Fort Wayne, Ind.

The play's backstory, according to aeglive.com, began when "Mellencamp told King about a cabin on his land in Indiana where two brothers had gotten in a fight over a girl; one brother accidentally killing the other, only to die along with the girl in a car crash a short time later. King came up with an outline for a play in a matter of days. And then off and on, back and forth, they began to develop it into a full-length musical. The blues and roots music of Ghost Brothers reflects the wide range of styles and influences needed for a work that jumps back and forth across decades. Rather than use the songs to propel the play's narrative, as in a conventional musical, Mellencamp chose to make them a way to reveal the emotions and inner workings of the characters."

Tickets are now on sale via aeglive.com. The show's soundtrack album will be released June 4.


Are you jacked up for Riot Fest yet? The first wave of bands was announced Wednesday and it features Fall Out Boy and Blink-182 as headliners for the festival.

Three-day passes - VIP and regular folk varieties - are on sale now.

You can click on the image above for a larger version of the lineup listing.

Can't wait til September for the shows? Here's some highlights from the 2012 installment, which finished to mostly rave reviews for it's largely rawk ambitions:

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