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T Bone Burnett to Open Brinker International Forum

by Stephen Becker 11 Aug 2010 12:30 PM

He’ll discuss his career on Sept. 12 at 5:30 p.m. at the Winspear Opera House.


T Bone Burnett, the Fort Worth musician and producer who probably had to build another wing onto his house just to store all of his awards, will open this year’s Brinker International Forum season. He’ll discuss his career on Sept. 12 at 5:30 p.m. at the Winspear Opera House.

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DALLAS (August 11, 2010) – Legendary musician and Texan T Bone Burnett will open the third season of the Brinker International Forum on September 12 at 5:30 p.m. in a special evening sponsored by Jones Day. From his work with performers like Tony Bennett, Willie Nelson and B.B. King to his Academy Award-winning original song, “The Weary Kind”, for the film Crazy Heart, T Bone Burnett is a true legend in the music industry. Recording artists looking for creative new directions in their music have turned to Burnett to produce their albums with spectacular results.

During the Brinker International Forum, Burnett will discuss his celebrated work as a composer and music producer for films such as O Brother, Where Art Thou?, Walk the Line, The Big Lebowski and Cold Mountain. He will also explore the finely hewn craft of matching music to image and share his recollections of working with film directors the Coen Brothers, Wim Wenders, Anthony Minghella and Scott Cooper, while showing clips from the many films that have included his compositions as well as his favorite movie musical moments from other great films that have influenced his life.

T Bone Burnett’s appearance at the Brinker International Forum will replace The Soundtrack of Our Lives, which originally was scheduled for this date.

The musician, who was raised in Fort Worth, has enjoyed a career that spans nearly four decades. But the past few years have been his most creatively prodigious and successful. Burnett combined the talents of Led Zeppelin rocker Robert Plant and blue grass artist Allison Kraus to produce the wildly popular album Raising Sand, which won wide acclaim and numerous Grammy awards.

He also produced an album of duets by Tony Bennett and K.D. Lang as well as recordings by John Mellencamp, Gregg Allman, Cassandra Wilson, Jakob Dylan, Roy Orbison, Emmylou Harris and Elvis Costello. The wide variety of musical styles reflected in this lineup is further evidence of Burnett’s creative talents.

Building on decades of critical acclaim and millions of records sold, Burnett received some of his strongest accolades during this year’s Academy Awards. In his acceptance speech for Best Actor, Jeff Bridges cited T-Bone Burnett’s score for Crazy Heart as a vital part of his winning performance.

Single tickets for the Brinker International Forum featuring T Bone Burnett at the AT&T Performing Arts Center Winspear Opera House are on sale now and range from $20 to $150. Tickets can be purchased online at, via phone at 214.880.0202, at the AT&T PAC Box Office at the Winspear Opera House, 2403 Flora Street (Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Sunday, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.) or at the remote Box Office at Park Place Lexus Plano, 1025 Preston Road.

The Brinker International Forum is made possible through the generous support of Brinker International. Supporting sponsors of the Brinker International Forum are Briggs Freeman Real Estate Brokerage and Rosewood Crescent Hotel.