Facts about Bone Burnett
T Bone Burnett Biography
He grew up in Fort Worth and began playing in bands and recording songs in 1965. He moved to Los Angeles in the early 1970s and got his first big break in 1975 as a guitarist for the Bob Dylan‘s Rolling Stone Thunder Revue tour.
Burnett co-founded The Alpha Band, made three records, then went solo in 1980 with Truth Decay.
He wrote and recorded several critically-acclaimed albums up through 1992’s The Criminal Under My Own Hat, but never became a household name.
Burnett’s skills in the recording studio and his knowledge of American music history have since made him a sought-after producer and movie soundtrack expert.
After helping the Coen’s choose songs for The Big Lebowski (1998), he worked with them on 2000’s O Brother, Where Art Thou? and had great success, winning five more Grammys and kicking off a renewed interest in bluegrass music.
Since then he’s done major tours, released two career retrospectives (2006’s The True False Identity and Twenty Twenty), got an Oscar nomination for his song “The Scarlet Tide” (for 2004’s Cold Mountain) and an Oscar win for the song “The Weary Kind” (in Crazy Heart).
He’s also scored several television shows, including True Detective (2014), Mr. Mercedes (2017) and Harrow (2019).
Burnett was married to singer Sam Phillips (a recording artist who also did music for TV’s The Gilmore Girls) from 1987 to 2004.