The T Bone Burnett Story

Charting the career of an artist who has a unique influence on the sound of contemporary America.

Broadcasted on BBC Radio 2 at 10pm, Monday April 6th 2013.

T Bone Burnett is an American original.  He is a musical genius…a multi-Grammy awarded musician, writer and producer, with a recording career spanning four decades.

His achievements are truly awesome…yet his radio story has never been told.
Standing 6′ 6″ tall, T Bone is literally a giant of American music.
He swept the board at the 2009 Grammy’s, as producer of ‘Raising Sand’, a collaborative album between Alison Krauss and Robert Plant, winning all five awards for which the album was nominated.
He changed the face of Country music with his soundtrack for the Coen Brothers film ‘O Brother Where Art Thou’ in 2000 (9 million sales and counting), has produced multi-million selling albums for Counting Crows, Elvis Costello and theWallflowers and worked on back-to-the-roots recordings with artists such as Gillian Welch and John Mellencamp.
He won a BAFTA for his compositions for the film ‘Cold Mountain’, worked with  Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon as executive music producer on the Johnny Cash bio-pic ‘Walk The Line’ and was musical director for the triumphant Roy Orbison ‘Black and White Night’ television concert in 1987.
He founded indie record label DMZ in 2002 (releasing an album by Ralph Stanley, a founding father of American bluegrass) and has played road-band guitar with Delanie & Bonnie, Bob Dylan’s ‘Rolling Thunder Revue’ and on the 50-plus date‘Raising Sand’ tour with Robert, Alison and Buddy Miller.
 
He has released a catalogue of solo albums and is currently working on the development of Code, a ground-breaking new sound recording technique, involving the simultaneous release of multiple formats.

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