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April 19, 2011 | Randy Lewis, Los Angeles Times
As an actor, Jeff Bridges followed his Oscar-winning turn as down-but-not-out country singer Bad Blake in "Crazy Heart" with an Oscar-nominated spin as down-but-not-out lawman Rooster Cogburn in "True Grit. " Now comes the news that Bridges will pick up a guitar once more, not for "Crazy Heart II," but for an album slated to be produced by his longtime friend, producer and "Crazy Heart" prime mover T Bone Burnett. Bridges has signed with Blue Note Records and is scheduled to release his major-label debut album late this summer, according to a statement released Tuesday by Blue Note.
August 20, 2010 | By Randy Lewis, Los Angeles Times
It's a tall order for any musician to one-up Bob Dylan, but John Mellencamp may have pulled it off in February when he and Dylan were invited to perform at the White House as part of a salute to music of the civil rights era. "Bob was nervous," Mellencamp said during a question-answer-performance session Tuesday at the Grammy Museum, which coordinated the White House event. When a few of the 200 members of the museum audience chuckled at the comment, Mellencamp added, "No, he was really nervous.
April 6, 2010
Jakob Dylan "Women and Country" (Columbia Records) 1/2 The son of a legend, Jakob Dylan would seemingly have all the cred one could need. But after five albums with the modern rock outfit the Wallflowers, each with a declining chart impact, and one rather quiet solo acoustic effort with 2008's "Seeing Things," a creative and career revitalization is in order. Teaming with alt-country scorchers Neko Case and Kelly Hogan certainly can't hurt the effort. Add a former collaborator and veteran producer in T Bone Burnett, and the resulting "Women and Country" is as rootsy and elegant as all the aforementioned résumés would foretell.
March 19, 2010 | By Randy Lewis
Jakob Dylan called in some impressive collaborators to help with his new "Women and Country" album that's coming out next month, at the top of the list being producer extraordinaire T Bone Burnett and singer-songwriter Neko Case, the latter of whom serves as his vocal foil on several of the songs. But it's entirely possible the whole project never would have existed if not for Glen Campbell. The Campbell connection came up earlier this year when Dylan went to visit Burnett, a longtime Dylan family friend, at work in the studio with another artist.
March 8, 2010
Original song "The Weary Kind (Theme From "Crazy Heart") Ryan Bingham and T Bone Burnett In a category stacked with two Randy Newman nominations, the king of the wry show tune was beaten out by Ryan Bingham and T Bone Burnett for "The Weary Kind," their co-written theme to the Jeff Bridges vehicle "Crazy Heart."
March 1, 2010
Tom 'T-Bone' Wolk Bass player for Hall & Oates Tom "T-Bone" Wolk, 58, best known as the longtime bass player for the band led by pop-rock stars Daryl Hall and John Oates, died Sunday in Pawling, N.Y., of an apparent heart attack, according to the duo's manager, Jonathan Wolfson. Wolk died hours after completing a recording session with Hall, who was working on a solo album. The bassist had been scheduled to appear Monday night with Hall and Oates on "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon."
December 21, 2009 | By Randy Lewis
The story behind the hard-core country music at the center of "Crazy Heart," the buzzed-about new film for which Jeff Bridges is winning accolades for his portrayal of singer Bad Blake, would make a movie every bit as poignant as writer-director Scott Cooper's tale of a down-but-not-entirely-out musician in desperate need of redemption. The real-life tale would be a buddy movie about the friendship between two musicians whose lives charted divergent paths, one leading to multimillion-selling albums and multiple Grammy Awards, the other hewing closer to the hardscrabble life on the outskirts of fame as portrayed in "Crazy Heart."
May 11, 2009 | Randy Lewis
Stephen Bruton, a Texas musician long admired and much in demand as much for his astute guitar work as for his insights as a songwriter, died Saturday in Los Angeles of complications of cancer. He was 60.
August 30, 2008 | David Greenwald, Special to The Times
Artists including Neil Young and Bob Dylan have made no secret of their distaste for digital sound. But Grammy-winning producer T Bone Burnett believes he's found a way to affordably give listeners an experience akin to hearing studio master tapes. Since last fall, Burnett, the mastermind behind such roots-oriented releases as the "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" soundtrack, has been working with a team of engineers on a high-fidelity audio system called Code. He's invested his own money -- he won't say how much -- to develop the new technology and has recruited industry veterans, including John Mellencamp and , to his cause.
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