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Looking for songs like Kentucky Route Zero soundtrack

Ever since the first few songs from KR0 came out, they've been a regular part of my rotation. They're very lonesome sounding, primarily an old country sound with a little bit of gospel. Kind of like some of Johnny Cash, particularly his American albums. Here are examples:

I've poked around at blues and old country and gospel but just haven't found anything I like as much. These songs are all covers, but compared to the originals they're stripped down, more sparse. Someone help me out in listening to something new for once? Spotify and YouTube's recommendation engine just points me to other video game soundtracks, not stuff that sounds similar.

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    jzimbel
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    Hey, thanks for mentioning this game! I’d been meaning to check it out but it fell off my radar a few years ago. I looked it up again after seeing this and saw that the final release happened just...

    Hey, thanks for mentioning this game! I’d been meaning to check it out but it fell off my radar a few years ago. I looked it up again after seeing this and saw that the final release happened just recently! Downloaded it shortly after that, and it is such a special experience—it really feels like a piece of art. Especially the part where “Long Journey Home” plays.

    I’m also having trouble finding songs similar to the ones from the soundtrack, which is weird because they sound so natural and familiar. There should be more like them.

    I had some success searching “slow banjo” and “miner music” on Spotify but didn’t find the stripped down sound from KR0. Here’s something kind of close, sort of? It seems like it’s rare for the banjo to accompany the vocals in the melody rather than just providing the harmony.

    EDIT: I remembered that music is created by human beings who more than likely can be contacted on social media, so I did that. Will report back with Ben’s recommendations, if any!

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    1. grahamiam
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      Your suggestion is a good one, thanks! I actually haven't made it to Episode 5 yet, because I want to replay them all first. Eventually!

      Your suggestion is a good one, thanks! I actually haven't made it to Episode 5 yet, because I want to replay them all first. Eventually!

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    clem
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    Damn, "This World is not My Home" is really good. Looking forward to listening to the others you linked to, but maybe I just need to get Kentucky Route Zero. I've heard good things about it but...

    Damn, "This World is not My Home" is really good. Looking forward to listening to the others you linked to, but maybe I just need to get Kentucky Route Zero. I've heard good things about it but didn't realize the music was that good.

    Anyway: I would give Townes Van Zandt's Our Mother The Mountain a listen. Maybe skip ahead to "Kathleen" or "Our Mother The Mountain" if that first track doesn't grab you. The album definitely has that lonesome sound to it. I love it.

    Gillian Welch is great, too, for that lonesome mood. Here's a link to The Harrow and the Harvest.

    You might also like Magnolia Electric Company's What Comes After the Blues, though that doesn't seem like as good of a match as Townes Van Zandt or Gillian Welch.

    Maybe Sun Kil Moon, too. Here's Benji.

    I'll keep thinking about this, but this already seems like too many suggestions to process at once, so I'll stop for now. I, at least, have a ton to listen to now!

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    1. grahamiam
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      Slowly going through these. I haven't heard anything that's exactly what I'm looking for, but I have heard some great songs, so it's a win anyways. Thank you!

      Slowly going through these. I haven't heard anything that's exactly what I'm looking for, but I have heard some great songs, so it's a win anyways. Thank you!

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  3. joplin
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    I really loved the music, too. I would classify the songs as Bluegrass. The band is The Bedquilt Ramblers. They have a page on Spotify. Maybe the other related bands listed at the bottom there...

    I really loved the music, too. I would classify the songs as Bluegrass. The band is The Bedquilt Ramblers. They have a page on Spotify. Maybe the other related bands listed at the bottom there would be similar? (I don't use Spotify, so I'm not sure how it works.)

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  4. ohyran
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    Need to check in to this game thank you for mentioning it. <3

    Need to check in to this game thank you for mentioning it. <3