With a bottom-heavy train-beat, Grammy®-winning Americana icon Jason Isbell kicks off the dozen song collection with Johnny Cash’s truckers’ truth “All I Do Is Drive.” The fiddle’n’twang rendition sets the tone for a collection that brings together Country superstar Tim McGraw (covering the Cars “Drive”), stripped down rockers The Cadillac Three (an old school upright bass take on Dave Dudley’s 1963 No. 1 “Six Days On The Road”) and outlier Mark Collie with Oscar® nominee Allison Moorer (the cinematic “All Coming Down”).
The Ice Road also features two of Country music’s strongest female writers/artists. Triple Grammy® Awards-winner Miranda Lambert brings a twin-fiddle wide-open Country romp through Hank Snow’s “I’m Movin’ On.” ACM Single of the Year and ACM/CMA Awards Musical Event winner Carly Pearce reprises “Eighteen Wheels and A Dozen Roses,” Kathy Mattea’s Folk/Bluegrass-leaning No. 1 and 1989’s ACM/CMA Single of the Year.
Original songs and collaborations find John Carter Cash with the Assassinzs for the heavy Rock “Heart Made Of Steel,” Brantley Gilbert and Florida Georgia Line’s Tyler Hubbard pairing for the ganjo-inflected swerve “Rubber Meets The Road” and Rascal Flatts’ Gary LeVox with his debut solo single release, “We Got Fight” as the coveted end credit title. Jackson Dean marks his debut offering a swampy, stomping “Don’t Come Lookin’,” chalked with swagger that drives the film.
A delightful surprise comes from all-star Rock royalty, L.A. Rats, comprised of Nikki Sixx (MÖTLEY CRÜE) and friends Rob Zombie, guitarist John 5 and drummer Tommy Clufetos who came together expressly for the project. The supergroup forged a pounding reprise of Hank Snow’s 22 week No. 1, “I’ve Been Everywhere,” which was most notably re-recorded by Johnny Cash on his Rick Rubin-produced Unchained.
“That hard-charging sense of the road is a real common ground between Rock, Country and Americana,” Borchetta said of the fiercely eclectic soundtrack. “Musicians live the road life. They know the freedom, the speed, the gone and the get there – and every single artist on this soundtrack understands exactly why these songs have such enduring appeal.”