March 30, 2016 (Press Release)-- Nashville, Tenn. - T Bone Burnett will deliver the keynote speech at the Americana Music Festival & Conference, which takes place September 20-25, 2016. The keynote will be presented at the Sheraton Nashville Downtown Hotel during Nashville’s most comprehensive music industry confab.
Burnett has built an unparalleled career in the music and entertainment business over the last 50 years, earning a reputation as a first-rate innovative artist, composer, performer, film, record, and concert producer, record company owner, and artist advocate.
Burnett was born in St. Louis, MO, but grew up in Fort Worth, TX, which is where he first began writing songs and making records. He was traveling the country as a freelance record producer when he was approached by Bob Dylan to play guitar on the now-legendary Rolling Thunder Revue tour – leading Burnett to form the Alpha Band with David Mansfield and Steven Soles. Burnett made three critically acclaimed albums with the group before releasing a string of solo records in the 1980s and then making the foray into film, beginning with Roy Orbison’s A Black and White Night.
T Bone Burnett is an Academy Award, Golden Globe, 13-time GRAMMY Award winner, and in 2002 was the first recipient of the Jack Emerson Lifetime Achievement Award for Executive at the Americana Honors & Awards. He has worked and collaborated with musicians spanning genres, including Elton John, Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, B.B. King, Tony Bennett, k.d. lang, Elvis Costello, The Civil Wars, Taylor Swift, Ryan Bingham, Steve Earle, and Leon Russell. Burnett collaborated with the Coen Brothers on The Big Lebowski and O Brother, Where Art Thou?, for which he produced the soundtrack and wrote the score, and has since held multiple roles for many films including The Hunger Games and Cold Mountain, and produced the songs and scored the soundtracks for Walk The Line, The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood and Crazy Heart, which he also produced. He has multiple television credits including Executive Music Producer and Composer for the HBO series True Detective and held the same title for the first season of the ABC television series Nashville.
To get a quick taste of what this fantastic keynote might be like, take a look at this op-ed piece Burnett wrote for The Washington Post in December 2015. We are thrilled to welcome him to our Conference.
The keynote is part of the Americana Music Conference, and is only open to conference registrants. For more information and to purchase a conference registration, please visit www.americanamusic.org.