Friday BBQ Spotify 2/7/14
(Apologies for the 3-week gap in our Friday music celebrations. I went from being backed up with work at first to catching the nastiest flu virus I’ve had in a while. Hope all is well in your worlds.)
Joseph Henry “T Bone” Burnett is an American musician, songwriter, and soundtrack and record producer. He was a touring guitarist in Bob Dylan’s band The Rolling Thunder Revue, and has been playing music for a long time. But where he gets his stellar reputation is as a music producer. And man, can this guy produce. The modern go-to guy for great musical scores, his movie music credits include Crazy Heart, O Brother Where Art Thou, Inside Llewyn Davis, The Hunger Games, Cold Mountain, Walk the Line, The Big Lebowski, and Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood. He’s produced individual recordings for Roy Orbison, John Mellencamp, Los Lobos, Counting Crows, Elton John & Leon Russell, Elvis Costello and Diane Krall, Natalie Merchant and the Wallflowers, Tony Bennett and K.D. Lang. He won Grammy Awards for the O Brother Where Art Thou soundtrack (one of my top ten recordings of all time), won another Grammy for the provocative combination recording of Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, and an Academy Award for Best Original Song for “The Weary Kind” from Crazy Heart.
I was thinking of T Bone because he was scheduled to play this week in the AT&T National Pro-Am golf tournament in Pebble Beach, where I would normally be as a volunteer course marshal if not for the flu and bronchitis that has invaded my system. But since I won’t be able to see him in person this time and thank him for all the great music he’s produced, I figured why not put a playlist together of some of his best productions. This list is punctuated by the great theme song written by The Handsome Family for HBO’s edgy new series True Detective, and with one other exception, consists of pieces from the different musical soundtracks that T Bone Burnett has produced. The other non-movie cut is Rich Woman from the Robert Plant/Alison Krauss collaboration. (I still don’t know how he got those two together.) In any event, this list is only the tip of the iceberg of T Bone-ness. Never realized just how many worlds his producing hands has touched. Just a thought for you to ponder: if one of your offspring feels the need to have an offbeat nickname – something like RibEye, or HeavyMetal, or PickleFoot, let ‘em run with it. You never know how it might turn out. Have a wonderful weekend everyone, and enjoy the first week of the Olympics.