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T Bone Burnett Has Done Everything With Everyone

Writer singer, songwriter and producer T Bone Burnett has been on the scene since the late 1970s. He is perhaps the foremost crossover artist between the music and acting community. The list of people which with he has worked reads like a who’s who of modern show business.

Wikipedia’s profile notes that Burnett has produced for Roy Orbison, Lisa Marie Presley, the BoDeans, Natalie Merchant, John Mellencamp, Elton John, Leon Russell, Elvis Costello and wife Diana Krall, Tony Bennett, k.d. Lang and others. The site says that he won a Grammy for the soundtrack of “Brother, Where Art Thou?” and oversaw the music for the movies “Walk the Line,” “The Big Lebowski” and “Inside Llewyn Davis.”

Burnett’s website says that he has won 13 Grammys. Two of those were for the production work on “Raising Sand,” a collaboration with Robert Plant and Alison Krauss. Burnett is Executive Music Producer and Composer of the HBO series “True Detective.” He was Executive Music Producer for “The Hunger Games” and produced the companion album, which entered Billboard’s Top 200 Albums at number 1 and was certified Gold after two weeks.

Other sound track credits include “Nashville,” “Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood,” “Crazy Heart,” “The Larry Sanders Show.” There are numerous others. Burnett was nominated for an Academy Award in 2003 for a song he wrote for the Movie “Cold Mountain.”

Above is “Driving Wheel” and below is “Palestine, Texas,” with John Mayer on guitar.

Wikipedia, Burnett’s website, IMDb and Amazon were used to write this post. Homepage photo:Kulturvultur

Here’s What’s Here

The Daily Music Break explores every genre of music, from hip hop to opera. It's simple: Boundaries are dumb. It's all good. Here is more about the site and here is our index:

--A Tribe Called Quest to The Dick Hyman Trio (In other words, A to H)

--Indigo Girls to Queen Ida (I to Q)

--Radiohead to ZZ Top (R to Z)

Reading Music

The stories of the great bands and musicians are fascinating. Musicians as a group are brilliant, but often troubled. The combination of creativity and drama makes for great reading.

Here are some books to check out.

Duke Ellington brought class, sophistication and style to jazz which, until that point, was proudly unpolished and raucous. His story is profound. The author, Terry Teachout, also wrote "Pops," the acclaimed bio of Louis Armstrong. Click here or on the image.

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What else is there to say? Here is the story behind every song written by The Beatles. Click here or on the image.

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The Grateful Dead don't get enough credit for the profound nature of its lyrics. Many of the band's songs are driven by a deep and literate Americana ("I'm Uncle Sam/That's who I am/Been hidin' out/In a rock and roll band" and "Majordomo Billy Bojangles/Sit down and have a drink with me/What's this about Alabama/Keeps comin' back to me?").

David Dodd's exhaustive study tells the story, song by song. Click here or on the image.

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