T Bone Burnett will deliver the keynote speech at the 2016 Americana Music Festival & Conference, which takes place Sept. 20-25.
Burnett — a 13-time Grammy winner, composer, performer, film and record producer, record company owner and artist advocate — will speak to music industry professionals about his 50-year music and entertainment career at the Nashville conference.
The St. Louis-native, who began his career as a freelance record producer, was approached by Bob Dylan to play guitar on his Rolling Thunder Revue tour in 1975. From there, Burnett formed the Alpha Band with David Mansfield and Steven Soles before releasing a string of solo records in the ’80s.
Throughout his career, Burnett has worked and collaborated with artists such as Elton John, Elvis Costello, Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, Elvis Costello, the Civil Wars, Taylor Swift, Steve Earle, Leon Russell and many others. Additionally, he produced the soundtrack and scored the Coen Brothers’ The Big Lebowski and O Brother, Where Art Thou? and served as the executive music producer and composer for the HBO series True Detective and ABC’s Nashville.
Burnett’s keynote is only open to conference registrants. For more information on the conference, visit americanamusic.org.