|T Bone Burnett's 40 years of experience in music and entertainment have earned him an unparalleled reputation as a first-rate innovative artist, songwriter, producer, performer, concert producer, record company owner and artists’ advocate. Burnett's highly sought-after involvement in music, film, television and stage projects is marked by his uncanny ability to successfully combine his unique artistic sensibilities with massive commercial appeal. He is a champion for artistic freedom and independence, and a driving force in the elevation of our popular culture.|
Burnett is a 13-time Grammy Award winner, earning his latest statue earlier this year in the category of Best Song Written For Visual Media, along with collaborators Taylor Swift and The Civil Wars’ Joy Williams and John Paul White. The foursome composed “Safe And Sound” for the blockbuster film, The Hunger Games. Burnett was awarded a Grammy in that same category in 2011 – having co-written “The Weary Kind” with Ryan Bingham for the Oscar-winning film, Crazy Heart – as well as in the category of Best Compilation Soundtrack Album for that same film.
He earned numerous Grammys -- including Album of the Year and Record of the Year -- for his production work on Raising Sand, the worldwide smash album from Robert Plant and Alison Krauss. That same year, he was also awarded a Grammy for Best Traditional Blues Album for his work on B.B. King's One Kind Favor. He previously earned five Grammys for his work on the 8-times Platinum release, O Brother Where Art Thou? , which also spawned two highly successful national concert tours. Further Grammys followed for his work on the platinum soundtrack to the Johnny Cash biopic, Walk The Line, and the platinum Tony Bennett / k.d. lang duets album, A Wonderful World.
T Bone is currently collaborating with Joel Coen and Ethan Coen on their music-packed film Inside Llewyn Davis, in which a young singer-songwriter navigates New York's Greenwich Village folk music scene during the early 1960s. He is also the Executive Music Producer and Composer for the forthcoming HBO series True Detective, which stars Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson. He was Executive Music Producer and Co-Composer for the first season of the highly-acclaimed ABC television series, Nashville, producing new recordings each week that featured the show’s stars and were incorporated into the series’ dramatic storytelling. That show spawned two best-selling soundtrack albums as well as millions of individual song downloads.
He was Executive Music Producer of the 2012 box-office blockbuster The Hunger Games, also producing the film’s companion album which entered the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart at #1 and was certified Gold within mere weeks of its release. He is Musical Director for Ghost Brothers Of Darkland County, a theatrical collaboration with musician John Mellencamp and author Stephen King set in the fictional town of Lake Belle Reve, Mississippi that completed a run in 2012 at Atlanta’s Alliance Theatre to rave reviews and record-setting ticket sales. The production is currently on a nationwide U.S. tour.
He recently produced Elton John’s highly acclaimed album, The Diving Board, as well as completing work on the forthcoming sophomore album from The Secret Sisters. He will return to the studio with Gregg Allman in December to record the follow-up to Low Country Blues, the 2011 Burnett-produced album which became one of Allman’s best-selling and most critically acclaimed releases.
T Bone produced the award-winning and critically acclaimed hit film Crazy Heart, starring Jeff Bridges, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Colin Farrell and Robert Duvall, which was the surprise box-office hit of 2010. He also composed the film's score and co-wrote many of its original songs, including "The Weary Kind," which earned T Bone and co-writer, Ryan Bingham, an Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award (in addition to the above-mentioned Grammy Awards) in 2010. T Bone's work on that film also garnered him awards from the Broadcast Film Critics Association (Best Original Song for "The Weary Kind"), as well as numerous other critics organizations throughout the U.S.
He was nominated for an Academy Award in 2004, along with Elvis Costello, in the category of Best Original Song for "The Scarlet Tide" from the film, Cold Mountain. For his work on that film, Burnett also earned the BAFTAs Anthony Asquith Award for Achievement in Film Music.
Burnett's work as an in-demand music producer spans four decades and has resulted in some of music’s biggest-selling and most critically-lauded releases. Recent music productions include Glad Rag Doll from Diana Krall; Storm & Grace from Lisa Marie Presley; The Union from Elton John and Leon Russell; Low Country Blues from Gregg Allman; Willie Nelson's Country Music; Steve Earle's I'll Never Get Out Of This World Alive; Elvis Costello's National Ransom and Women & Country from Jakob Dylan.
Other major productions spanning Burnett’s career include best-selling albums from Counting Crows, The Wallflowers, Los Lobos, Cassandra Wilson, Roy Orbison and Ralph Stanley.
T Bone’s first major foray into film was his 1999 collaboration with the Coen Brothers on The Big Lebowski, for which he served as "Musical Archivist." He has since served as Executive Music Producer on numerous films, including Across The Universe, the aforementioned Walk The Line (for which he also composed its score) and The Divine Secrets Of The Ya-Ya Sisterhood.
He conceived and staged The Speaking Clock Revue in October 2010 that resulted in three special concerts to benefit arts and music education programs in U.S. public schools. The shows featured performances from a stellar lineup of artists that included Elton John and Leon Russell, Elvis Costello, John Mellencamp, Gregg Allman, Ralph Stanley, Neko Case, Jim James, Jeff Bridges and newcomers Punch Brothers, Karen Elson and The Secret Sisters.
Born Joseph Henry Burnett in St. Louis, Missouri in 1948, T Bone grew up in Fort Worth, Texas, where he first began making records in 1965. His big break came in 1975, when he was asked by Bob Dylan to play guitar in his band on the now-legendary Rolling Thunder Revue tour.
From that experience, he formed the Alpha Band with David Mansfield and Steven Soles, and the group made three acclaimed albums before Burnett went solo with the arresting Truth Decay in 1980, followed by the Trap Door EP (1982), Proof Through the Night (1983), the Behind the Trap Door EP (1984), an acoustic collection, T Bone Burnett (1986), The Talking Animals (1988), and The Criminal Under My Own Hat (1992).
T Bone emerged from a self-imposed 14-year hiatus as a recording artist in 2006 to release two highly-anticipated collections of music simultaneously: The True False Identity, his first album of original songs since 1992, and Twenty Twenty - The Essential T Bone Burnett, a 40-song retrospective spanning his entire career of music-making. In 2008, he released the album Tooth Of Crime, a vibrant outgrowth of his long-running collaboration with playwright Sam Shepard.
T Bone is married to Academy Award-winning screenwriter and director Callie Khouri (Thelma & Louise). They make their home in Los Angeles.