Archive for October, 2010

The Speaking Clock Revue At Bridge School Benefit

Monday, October 25th, 2010

T Bone brought The Speaking Clock Revue to yesterday’s edition of the two-day Bridge School Benefit in Mountain View, California.

Billboard Magazine wrote, ” Sunday’s line-up added T Bone Burnett’s breath-taking ensemble, the Speaking Clock Revue, into the mix and there wasn’t a rock fan in the house that couldn’t find something to love whether it was Costello’s tunes, Neko Case’s beautiful voice, 83-year-old roots legend Ralph Stanley singing “Man of Constant Sorrow” after explaining how he wrote it, or a capable mini-set from Jeff “The Dude” Bridges.  But no one in attendance could sit still for Elton john and Leon Russell’s double-piano onslaught.”

The Speaking Clock Revue In New York City

Friday, October 22nd, 2010

The Speaking Clock Revue came to New York City’s Beacon Theatre on Wednesday night, playing to a sold-out crowd who came to see and hear solo performances and collaborations from Elton John & Leon Russell, Elvis Costello, John Mellencamp, Gregg Allman, Ralph Stanley, Jim James of My Morning Jacket, Jeff Bridges and newcomers Punch Brothers, Karen Elson and The Secret Sisters.

As the New York Times reported, “to start the show Mr. Burnett appeared in his preacher’s coat and reeled off dozens of digital-era buzzwords, only to dismiss them: “Never mind about all that, here’s some music….

“Mr. Burnett gets songwriters to think about mortality, spirituality, history, heritage and ends of eras, and he places their voices amid vintage sounds that are tweaked to be vivid rather than strictly authentic.  He’s an Americana auteur, finding dark, strange, thoughtful and rocking songs from across decades and genres…It was a concert of murder ballads and pleas for redemption, tall tales and tales of sorrow….Youthful verve …was juxtaposed with the burdens and lessons of age.”

Read more reviews and reports of The Speaking Clock Revue in New York in Rolling Stone, Wall Street Journal, and the Hollywood Reporter.

Elton John & Leon Russell – The Union In Stores Today

Monday, October 18th, 2010

One of the year’s most anticipated album releases, The Union from Elton John & Leon Russell, is in-stores and online today.  The album has garnered a slew of critical kudos, including a five-star review in Rolling Stone — a first in the storied careers of both John and Russell.

In that magazine, David Fricke writes, “Singing in a strong, elastic growl and matching John’s piano work with low-end rolls and top-note sparkle, Russell jars the younger man from his routine sheen, back to the natural fiber and grandeur of 1970’s Elton John and Tumbleweed Connection.  On The Union, produced by T Bone Burnett, John and Russell share the resurrection. Each goes back to what he first did best. Then they do it together.”

Click Here to buy the album on Amazon.com, or Here to buy it on iTunes.

The Speaking Clock Revue Earns Raves In Boston

Monday, October 18th, 2010

The Speaking Clock Revue kicked-off in Boston on Saturday night to a SRO crowd at the Wang Theatre, receiving raves from the critics in attendance and multiple standing ovations from the audience.   Check out reviews in The Boston Globe and The Boston Herald.

The Secret Sisters Debut Album Out Today

Tuesday, October 12th, 2010

The Secret Sisters self-titled debut album, Executive Produced by T Bone is available today, on Beladroit Records, a label T Bone created through Universal/Republic especially for this release.

The album is getting unanimous rave reviews across the country;  Rolling Stone gives the album four stars, writing of the “Alabama sisters produced by roots major-domo T Bone Burnett. They dress like it’s 1954, and sing like it, too — the album mixes country, folk and classic pop. They’re also boundless fun, pouring out harmonies on originals (“Tennessee Me”), spunky covers (the kitsch classic “Something Stupid”) and sublime traditional ballads (“Do You Love an Apple”).”

Yahoo Music says, “Do pay attention to one of the year’s best albums here–it is the debut set by Alabama-bred sisters Laura and Lydia Rogers, whose harmonies are impeccable and whose sound literally sounds timeless and plucked out of the ether!”