An American award-winning musician, songwriter, and soundtrack and record producer.
In addition to his solo work, Burnett has produced artists such as BoDeans, Los Lobos, Counting Crows, Tony Bennett and k.d. lang on the A Wonderful World album and The Wallflowers on Bringing Down the Horse.
Burnett won Grammy Awards for the O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack and for his work with Alison Krauss and Robert Plant.
He was nominated for an Academy Award for his songwriting contribution to the film Cold Mountain, and won an Academy Award for Best Original Song for "The Weary Kind" from Crazy Heart.
He founded the record label DMZ, an imprint of Columbia, and was involved with Mark Heard and Tonio K in the short-lived What? Records. He also oversaw the music for the films Walk the Line and The Big Lebowski.
Burnett's songs have been covered by such artists as k.d. lang ("Till the Heart Caves In"), Los Lobos, Sixpence None the Richer ("Carry You"), Tonio K, Emmylou Harris, Mark Heard ("Power of Love"), Arlo Guthrie, Warren Zevon, Peter Case, and B. J. Thomas.
Burnett was born in St. Louis, Missouri in 1948, and raised in Fort Worth, Texas. His first significant contribution to the music field was as the manic drummer for the Legendary Stardust Cowboy's novelty hit, "Paralyzed."
In 1980, Burnett released his first post-Alpha Band solo album, Truth Decay on the Takoma Records label.
In 1987, Burnett produced Roy Orbison's two-record album, In Dreams: The Greatest Hits. After that, Burnett was the musical director and a guitarist for Orbison's HBO television special, Roy Orbison and Friends, A Black and White Night.
In early 2007, Burnett earned nominations for two 2006 Grammy Awards, one as Producer of the Year for his work on Cassandra Wilson's Thunderbird album, the soundtrack to Walk the Line and his own The True False Identity.
Walk the Line was nominated for Best Compilation Soundtrack Album for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media.
In October 2007, the Grammy-winning, Burnett-produced Raising Sand, a collaborative album featuring Alison Krauss and Robert Plant was released. Burnett plays guitar on ten of the 13 tracks.
In 2009, Burnett collaborated on music for the movie Crazy Heart, winning both a Golden Globe and an Academy Award for the song "The Weary Kind" that he composed with Ryan Bingham.
T-Bone was also a producer of the film, along with Jeff Bridges and Robert Duvall.
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