Composed by Woody Jackson, Red Dead Redemption II’s soundtrack is soon getting an official album release. Jackson previously worked on several past Rockstar titles, including the original Red Dead Redemption, L.A. Noire, and Grand Theft Auto V.
The evocative score has additional production and arrangement by Jeff Silverman (Truth and Soul) and other musical score and orchestration by Colin Stetson (Hereditary). Other notable contributors include David Ferguson (Johnny Cash’s engineer), David Ralicke (Sons of Anarchy), Gabe Witcher (True Detective), Luke O’Malley, Mario Batkovic (of Geoff Barrow’s Invada), Matt Sweeney (Chavez, Superwolf, Iggy Pop, Bonnie Prince Billy), Rabih Beaini and Senyawa, along with 110 other musicians including Arca (Bjork, Kanye West, Frank Ocean and Kelela collaborator), Duane Eddy (Lee Hazlewood protégé), Jon Theodore (former drummer of Mars Volta and current Queens of the Stone Age drummer), Michael Shuman aka Mikey Shoes (Queens of the Stone Age, Mini Mansions) and more.
Grammy Award winner Daniel Lanois who has produced albums for Bob Dylan and Neil Young also played a part in Red Dead Redemption II’s soundtrack by entirely producing the vocal moments. Speaking of vocals, there are notable artists who lend their voices such as D’Angelo, Willie Nelson, Nas, Rhiannon Giddens, Josh Homme, plus a track written, produced, and performed by David Ferguson.
All the songs for the score and soundtrack were produced exclusively for Red Dead Redemption II. Rockstar doesn’t have a release date for the upcoming official album, but teases that more information should come soon.
For more on Red Dead Redemption II, check out our review and our 10 quality of life changes we’d put in the game to make it even better. Rockstar has made over $725 million during Red Dead Redemption II’s opening weekend, making it the largest entertainment launch of 2018.