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The Big Screen: T-Bone Burnett, Master Of The Soundtrack

Music supervisors in Hollywood are the people charged with building the soundtrack for movies. And Fort Worth native T-Bone Burnett is the undisputed king of them. He was nominated for an Oscar for his work on Cold Mountain and won one for a song he co-wrote for Crazy Heart. And he’s probably best known for his work with the Coen Brothers. He handled the music for O Brother, Where Art Thou?, whose soundtrack sold more than 7 million copies and won Album of the Year at the Grammys. And now he’s reteamed with Joel and Ethan for Inside Llewyn Davis, about a folk singer in 1962 Greenwich Village.

This week, we talk about Burnett’s creation of a sub-genre of movie musicals and his deft touch when it comes to providing movies with a uniquely American sound.

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