Music Monday: Selected Songs from the Wonderful Film, The Peanut Butter Falcon

My wife and I had the chance to watch a wonderful movie this past weekend, The Peanut Butter Falcon. I highly recommend it.

Here’s the movie summary from Rotten Tomatoes, where it scored a 95% on the Tomatometer and 96% on the Audience Score:

A modern Mark Twain style adventure story, THE PEANUT BUTTER FALCON tells the story of Zak (Zack Gottsagen), a young man with Down syndrome, who runs away from a residential nursing home to follow his dream of attending the professional wrestling school of his idol, The Salt Water Redneck (Thomas Haden Church). A strange turn of events pairs him on the road with Tyler (Shia LaBeouf), a small-time outlaw on the run, who becomes Zak’s unlikely coach and ally. Together they wind through deltas, elude capture, drink whiskey, find God, catch fish, and convince Eleanor (Dakota Johnson), a kind nursing home employee charged with Zak’s return, to join them on their journey.

Here’s the official trailer:

It’s an uplifting movie, made even better by a great soundtrack.

The song that really caught my attention was a song right at the end, Running for So Long, sung by Parker Ainsworth and Jessie Payo. The video includes scenes from the movie:

As I was listening to that song, it hit me how good the music had been throughout the whole movie, so I immediately went out to Google to check out the soundtrack. The soundtrack includes a bit of country, gospel, and bluegrass music that blends in perfectly with the story.

Here are some of my other favorite selections from the movie:

Whippoorwill by Chance McCoy:


Uncloudy Day – The Staple Singers

“The Stable Song” – Gregory Alan Isakov with the Colorado Symphony

Sara Watkins playing A Long Hot Summer Day:

And here are a couple of bluegrass instrumental songs composed by Jonathan Sadoff, Zachary Dawes, Noam Pikelny, and Gabe Witcher.

Cold Open:

Love Me in Kind:

And if you’d like to listen to the complete soundtrack, here is the playlist:


6 thoughts on “Music Monday: Selected Songs from the Wonderful Film, The Peanut Butter Falcon

  1. Looks great! Think I’m going to suggest it to my wife on Black Friday. (I’d rather be in a theater than out shopping any day.)


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