REMEMBERING STEPHEN BRUTON: “I’m very moved by the award, but I don’t like the reason for it.” That’s how Kris Kristofferson felt about receiving the inaugural Stephen Bruton Award from the Lone Star International Film Festival on Friday. (DFW.com was there.) Kristofferson was a very close friend to and musical collaborator with the Fort Worth singer-songwriter, who died in May at the age of 60. Though Bruton is gone, that doesn’t mean we won’t be hearing any more of his music. Crazy Heart, starring Jeff Bridges as a hard-living, washed up country musician, is generating Oscar-buzz from those who have seen it. And not just for Bridges’ performance. “The music in the film is killer old-school country,” writes Patrick Goldstein on the L.A. Times‘ Big Picture Blog. So it shouldn’t surprise anyone to learn that the music was written by Fort Worth’s T Bone Burnett and … Stephen Bruton.
BRINGING DOWN THE HOUSE: Did you catch Saturday night’s one-off performance of Hip-Hop Broadway at the Winspear Opera House? If you did, it’s a safe bet your still humming along to Jennifer Holliday’s rendition of her signature song, “And I’m Telling You,” from Dreamgirls. She was the highlight of the show for Gromer Jeffers, who reviewed for dallasnews.com. But he wasn’t too impressed with the rising local talents who joined Holliday, Erykah Badu and other music legends. “Too often Saturday, the supporting cast failed to deliver,” he writes. That stands in stark contrast to how Jody Rudman felt about the locals. The Dallas actress reviewed for theaterjones.com. “As great as these legends performed, and as lucky as the audience was to see them in one evening, the kids were the real stars of the show,” she writes. “Promise and potential beamed all over the stage.”
KXT ROLLS ON: Surely you’ve programmed 91.7 as one of your car-stereo presets by now. Cary Darling weighed in on how the new station is doing in a story from Saturday on dfw.com. The verdict: “No question, KXT/91.7 FM is a gust of fresh air in the stale world of North Texas radio.” He goes on to say he’d like the station to be a tad more adventurous, but admits that that will take “baby steps.” Week 2 starts today…