T Bone On The Passing Of Pete Seeger

January 28th, 2014

“Pete Seeger was a great American individual – an artistic descendant of Thoreau, Emerson, and Whitman. Without him, it would be hard to imagine Dylan, Springsteen, Jack White, and beyond.  He was a man full of courage, who never stopped fighting for all of us.  His contribution to our culture is immeasurable.” – T Bone Burnett, January 28, 2014.

Click Here to watch a great clip of Pete preparing for his appearance on the Johnny Cash Show in 1970.

T Bone Receives Year-End Kudos From Film Critics

December 9th, 2013

Inside Llewyn Davis, the just-released Coen Brothers film for which T Bone served as Executive Music Producer, received kudos from several prestigious organizations of film critics this weekend:

The Los Angeles Film Critics Association honored T Bone for Best Music Score, the Boston Society of Film Critics cited Inside Llewyn Davis for Best Use of Music in a Film, and the New York Film Critics Online awarded both the film and T Bone for Best Use Of Music.

Inside Llewyn Davis was released in New York and Los Angeles this past weekend, and will be seen in theaters nationwide beginning December 20.

T Bone Sings On Divided & United

November 7th, 2013

T Bone has recorded “The Battle Of Antietam” for Divided & United: Songs of the American Civil War, a two -disc set of Civil War-era songs brought to life through fresh interpretations by the pioneers, Hall-of-Famers and rising young stars of county, bluegrass, folk and beyond. The collection celebrates music deeply vital to the history and spirit of America in tribute to the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. Each song offers a unique window on the past, with themes exploring race identity and reconciliation in a manner that echoes profoundly today.

The tremendous talent on Divided & United span several generations and genres, including: Loretta Lynne, Dolly Parton, Vince Gill, Lee Ann Womack, Ralph Stanley, AA Bondy, Jamey Johnson, Chris Thile, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Taj Mahal, Shovels & Rope, Cowboy Jack Clement. John Doe. Karen Elson and many more.

You can buy the album on Amazon by clicking here, or on iTunes by clicking here.

Be sure to check out a short film about the project, by clicking here.

T Bone Brings New Label To Capitol Music Group

October 30th, 2013

T Bone has signed an agreement with Capitol Music Group(CMG) to bring his newly formed Electromagnetic Recordings imprint to the company, it was announced today by T Bone and CMG Chairman & CEO Steve Barnett.

With Electromagnetic Recordings, T Bone will draw upon his decades of experience to create and develop music and transmedia releases that will be marketed and distributed through CMG.  Burnett will also sign artists directly to Electromagnetic Recordings, and team with CMG label executives and staff to develop and market these artists and their releases.  He will also serve as a producer and A&R resource for the CMG labels, and as a liaison for the company to the music, film and television communities.

According to Barnett, “T Bone is quite simply one of our culture’s most important creative figures.  He is an influential curator and tastemaker, and his projects are consistently of stellar quality and integrity.  He is held in the highest esteem within the artistic community, and the list of artists wanting to work with him is endless.  I am thrilled that T Bone and Electromagnetic Recordings are making their home with us, and incredibly excited at the unlimited potential of our association.”

Among the initial projects slated for Burnett and/or Electromagnetic Recordings as part of the new agreement with CMG are:

  • The Basement Tapes…Continued:  Bob Dylan’s music publishing company recently discovered lyrics Dylan wrote in 1967 for informal sessions with members of The Band that later became known as The Basement Tapes.  Dylan has entrusted Burnett with these lyrics, and early next year – nearly 47 years since the legendary original sessions – Burnett will assemble a select group of contemporary recording artists in the famed Capitol Studios to complete the songs and record them as a band.  Fans will experience this historic creative collaboration through an album release, as well as a documentary film and book of photography by award-winning filmmaker and photographer Sam Jones (The Wilco documentary, I Am Trying To Break Your Heart, and his interview show, Off Camera with Sam Jones).  Burnett’s association with Bob Dylan began in 1975 when he became a guitarist on Dylan’s famed Rolling Thunder Revue tour.
  • Gregg Allman – Burnett will return to the studio with Allman in December to record the follow-up to Low Country Blues, the 2011 Burnett-produced album which  debuted in the top ten of  Billboard’s Top 200 chart and became one of Allman’s best-selling and most critically acclaimed releases.
  • Mini Mansions – Signed to Electromagnetic Recordings and Capitol Records by Burnett and Capitol President Dan McCarroll, this Los Angeles based trio will complete its debut album this year with Burnett serving as Executive Producer, as well as hands-on producer on several tracks.
  • Jerry Lee Lewis – Burnett is working with “The Killer,” on an album that will be released next summer in conjunction with the HarperCollins publication of Lewis’s memoir (as told to Pulitzer-Prize winning author Rick Bragg).
  • Striking Matches – Newly signed to CMG’s Nashville imprint, I.R.S. Nashville, the duo known as Striking Matches first appeared on Burnett’s radar when he utilized several of their songs in the first season of the Nashville television series (Burnett was that show’s Executive Music Producer).  Burnett will Executive Produce the duo’s debut album, which they’ll soon begin recording.
  • Cowboy Jack Clement – Legendary musician, songwriter and producer, Cowboy Jack Clement, recorded a final album of his songs in Nashville with producer Dave Ferguson in the final months of his life.   Clement is joined on the album by a veritable who’s-who of the Nashville artist community, including Vince Gill, Emmylou Harris and John Prine.  Mixing and completion of the album is being overseen by Ferguson and Burnett, who will serve as its Executive Producer.  The album will also be the first release on CMG’s Nashville imprint, I.R.S. Nashville.

T Bone To Be Honored With ‘Maestro Award’

September 17th, 2013

T Bone will receive the Maestro Award at the 2013 Billboard Hollywood Reporter Film and TV Music Conference on Wednesday, October 30.

He’ll be be honored for his work in film and television music, most recently as executive music producer of Inside Llewyn Davis, the CBS Films release that opens in theaters December 20. It is his fourth time working with the Coen brothers, Ethan and Joel, who directed and wrote the fictional film about the Greenwich Village folk music scene of the early 1960s. The film has already earned great critical acclaim, garnering the Gran Prix at this year’s Cannes Film Festival and further raves at the recent Telluride Film Festival.

T Bone will participate in a Q&A after the award presentation at the W Hotel in Hollywood. The two-day conference, being held October 29 and 30, includes panels, Q&As and case studies with composers, music supervisors, artists and executives from across the film, television, advertising and music industries.

The Maestro Award is given annually to artists who have made a lasting contribution to film and television music. Previous winners include composers Danny Elfman, Hans Zimmer, Alan Menken and Thomas Newman, as well as songwriter Diane Warren.

Another Day, Another Time Concert Announced

August 19th, 2013

Joel and Ethan Coen, T Bone Burnett, and Scott Rudin announced today a benefit concert entitled Another Day, Another Time: Celebrating The Music of “Inside Llewyn Davis,” which will take place at The Town Hall in New York City on Sunday, September 29, 2013.  The concert is inspired by music from the upcoming Coen Brothers’ film, INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS, which is set in the 1960’s Greenwich Village folk music scene.  A portion of the proceeds from the concert will benefit the National Recording Preservation Foundation.

Produced by the film’s writer/directors Joel and Ethan Coen and its executive music producer T Bone Burnett, the star-studded concert reunites the trio behind O Brother, Where Art Thou? and the highly successful concert events launched in conjunction with that film. Another Day, Another Time: Celebrating The Music of “Inside Llewyn Daviswill feature live performances of the film’s music, as well as songs from the early 1960s that inspired the film.  Artists performing at the concert include The Avett Brothers, Joan Baez, Rhiannon Giddens of Carolina Chocolate Drops, Lake Street Dive, Colin Meloy of The Decemberists, Milk Carton Kids, Marcus Mumford, Conor Oberst, Punch Brothers, Secret Sisters, Patti Smith, Gillian Welch & Dave Rawlings, Willie Watson, and Jack White. Stars of the film will also perform at the event, including Oscar Isaac (who plays the title role in the film), Carey Mulligan, John Goodman and Stark Sands.

Tickets to the concert will go on sale to the general public on Wednesday, August 21, 2013 at 12:00 PM EDT at Ticketmaster.com, but a special presale will begin tomorrow, Tuesday, August 20 at 12 pm ET.  Further info on the presale is available by clicking here.

Ghost Brothers Of Darkland County In Stores Today

June 4th, 2013

In-stores today is the all-star recording of Ghost Brothers of Darkland County, a southern gothic supernatural musical from co-conspirators Stephen King, John Mellencamp and T Bone Burnett. This extraordinary collaboration features original music and lyrics plus key dialog excerpts performed by a stellar cast of guest artists, including Elvis Costello, Rosanne Cash, Sheryl Crow, Neko Case, Taj Mahal, Ryan Bingham and Kris Kristofferson, along with actors Matthew McConaughey, Samantha Mathis and Meg Ryan. This special release also includes the musical’s complete libretto, penned by Stephen King.

In it’s 3 1/2 star review, USA Today’s Elysa Gardner wrote, “In this new album, impeccably produced by Burnett, more famous voices take on Mellencamp’s wry, haunted tunes, steeped in folk and blues, which name actors such as Meg Ryan, Samantha Mathis and Matthew McConaughey embellish with spot-on readings excerpted from King’s libretto. Elvis Costello pops up as a savvy Satanic figure on the drolly creepy That’s Me, and Neko Case brings a wonderfully tart freshness to the teasing That’s Who I Am.

Kris Kristofferson brings a more weary resonance to the paternal/fraternal lamentHow Many Days, while Sheryl Crow, Rosanne Cash, Dave Alvin, Phil Alvin and Mellencamp himself ably serve the grit and poignance of songs that address the ghosts and monsters inside all of us.”