Midwest born and raised recording artist T Bone Burnett is one of the most prominent players behind the classic and current movies you know and love. He was born in St. Louis, Missouri in 1948 and moved to Ft. Worth, Texas where he was raised and attended high school. By the time he was twenty years old, he was recording and producing music for his friends, a few of which went on to become professional musicians that Burnett occasionally still works with today.
After spending time playing as a touring guitarist in Bob Dylan’s band, Rolling Thunder Revue, in the mid to late 1970’s, Burnett released his first solo album in 1980. After his initial solo release he went on to put out a collection on albums and Eps, ending with a 40-year career retrospective album of some the more successful of his solo works in 2006. A few of his songs saw some radio air play but for the most part Burnett’s remained only to be available on the albums, occasional movies, and covers done by his friends or other people he had worked with previously.
He remains to be a stronger producer than he is a solo performer and not because of ability but rather, his preference to producing is greater than performing. This may be due to the complications of record labels and marketing when you are not only writing and recording the songs but also putting only your name on it as opposed to the backing support given by actors and movies and all the publicity a major motion picture entails. Writing a part for a scene in a movie is a lot different than writing and arranging for an album that is strictly audio with no visual aid.
Burnett’s repertoire includes production for big names like Elton John, Los Lobos, Counting Crows, Allison Krauss, and Robert Plant to name a few of his bigger accomplishments. While in film, he won Grammy awards for his work in O, Brother Where art Thou? and he was responsible for the soundtracks of The Big Lebowski and the movie of Johnny Cash’s life, Walk the Line. Burnett founded the record label, DMZ, which is a branch of Columbia records as well as other short lived record company ventures.
In the music world, Burnnett is recognized as a powerhouse who seems to always have his name on every good piece of work in music and movies that was made in the past forty years. Anything that sounds good, a little old timey, and maybe a little bluesy, that comes in the form of a movie or a well-known recording artist, then chances are Burnett had a part in either producing, writing, or playing it.
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