Lakeshore Records will release "Dragged Across ConcreteOriginal Motion Picture Soundtrack" digitally on all platforms and on CD at the Lakeshore Webshop on March 22.  Vinyl release forthcoming on Invada Records. Pre-order here. Buy the cd here.

Dragged Across Concrete was directed by S. Craig Zahler (Brawl in Cell Block 99, Bone Tomahawk), which stars Mel Gibson, Vince Vaughn, and Tory Kittles. It is the grandest of Zahler's violent, measured, and character-driven genre films.  The film's music has an authentic soul sound, stylistically spanning late '60s to early '80s, composed and produced by Jeff Herriott and Zahler and enlisting the vocal talent that appeared to great effect on the Brawl in Cell Block 99 soundtracksoul icons Butch Tavares and The O'Jays featuring Eddie Levert and Walter Williams and newcomer Adi Armour.  The film will be released in theaters March 22 via Unified Pictures and Cinestate.   

Zahler is an award-winning screenwriter, director, novelist, cinematographer, and musician. He wrote, directed, and co-composed the score for the 2015 film Bone Tomahawk, an Independent Spirit Award nominated picture (Best Screenplay; Best Supporting Actor) starring Kurt Russell, Patrick Wilson, Matthew Fox, and Richard Jenkins. The film garnered praise from critics and fans alike, including the New York Times, who called Bone Tomahawk, "[a] witty fusion of western, horror and comedy that gallops to its own beat". 

Zahler more recently wrote and directed Brawl In Cell Block 99, a New York Times Critic’s Pick, starring Vince Vaughn, Jennifer Carpenter, and Don Johnson, which premiered at the Venice Film Festival and also went onto critical acclaim. Both movies were added to the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City in 2017.  

Zahler's debut western novel, "A Congregation of Jackals", was nominated for the Peacemaker and the Spur awards, and his 2014 novels "Mean Business on North Ganson Street" and "Corpus Chrome, Inc." both received starred reviews for excellence in Booklist.

Zahler's newest book is "Hug Chickenpenny: The Panegyric of an Anomalous Child", a gothic tale that he will bring to the silver screen with the help of his new creative partners (check out a free preview of the novel here), The Jim Henson Company. After reading this strange story, Clive Baker declared, "S. Craig Zahler is certain to become one of the great imaginers of our time." 

In addition to writing and directing, Zahler has founded and played in several bands, including the doomy epic metal outfit Realmbuilder, whose albums have been released by I Hate Records of Sweden. With longtime friend and songwriting partner Jeff Herriott, Zahler co-composed the orchestral score for Bone Tomahawk, and the soul music for Brawl In Cell Block 99 and Dragged Across Concrete as well as the jazz compositions for the latter. Zahler and Herriott also make music as Binary Reptile, a synthesizer project that provided the music for the "ear movie", The Narrow Caves

Dragged Across Concrete is the story of two police detectives (Gibson & Vaughn) who find themselves suspended after a video of their strong-arm tactics is leaked to the media.  In another part of town, a felon (Kittles) is released from prison and discovers that his family is about to be evicted.   With little money and no options, all three men descend into the criminal underworld, where danger awaits them in shadows. 

Says Zahler: "For the third time in four years, I worked with composer, professor, and my long-time friend Jeff Herriott on the soundtrack for a movie that I also wrote and directed.  This time, the picture was to have absolutely zero score, and all of the music would be sourced from radios and stereos within the fictional world.

"After our terrific experiences on Brawl in Cell Block 99 with soul legends, The O'Jays and Butch Tavares, as well as the great Wisconsin talent, Adi Armour, we had a better idea what we could achieve.  Additionally, this new movie called for a wider variety of soul tunes.  'Street Corner Felines' (sung by The O'Jays) displays the darker and funkier grooves of our songwriting heroes, Bobby Womack and Willie Hutch as does the propulsive and up tempo predator entitled, 'Shotgun Safari'.  'Don't Close the Drive In' (sung by Butch Tavares) is a lush and melancholic orchestral soul piece that The Stylistics might have performed at the start of the seventies, and 'My Magic Tricks' (sung by Adi Armour) is a funky and rockin' dance tune in the vein of D Train and The Isley Brothers.  Working with these stellar singers on our own original compositions was a longtime dream fulfilled." 

TRACKLIST 

    "Street Corner Felines" – TheO'Jay's featuring Eddie Levert and Walter Williams 

    "Gilded Life Of The Rich Man" – The O'Jay's featuring Eddie Levert and Walter Williams 

    "Sneaking Around At Night" – Butch Tavares

    "My Magic Tricks" – Adi Armour

    "A Better Place For Us" – S. Craig Zahler 

    "She's My Ice Cream Sundae" – Butch Tavares

    "Don't Close The Drive In" – Butch Tavares 

    "Shotgun Safari" – The O'Jaysfeaturing Eddie Levert and Walter Williams 

Enjoy "Shotgun Safari" below from the mighty O'Jays featuring Eddie Levert and Walter Williams and catch Dragged Across Concrete in theaters March 22.