Award-winning producer and songwriter T-Bone Burnett and the celebrated Nashville duo the Civil Wars come together to write and perform the music for Kristi Jacobson and Lori Silverbush's documentary on hunger in America. On A Place at the Table, Burnett and the Civil Wars perform music that evokes America's Appalachian past with a contemporary undercurrent, reflecting how poverty has been an issue of the past and the present in the United States. As the film focuses on three real-life families struggling to put food on the table, this music mirrors their struggles and their desire for a better life for themselves and their children. Released only a few months before the Civil Wars' successful self-titled second album, A Place at the Table is a moving collection of themes that reflects the duo's growing maturity as well as their work with one of the leading lights of the Americana scene.
AllMusic Review by Mark Deming