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T Bone Burnett

T Bone Burnett, 2007
Background information
Birth name Joseph Henry Burnett III
Born (1948-01-14) January 14, 1948 (age 68)
St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.
Origin Fort Worth, Texas, U.S.
Genres Americana, roots rock, rock and roll, country
Occupation(s) Music producer, musician, songwriter
Years active 1972–present
Labels Universal, Arista, Takoma, Warner Bros., Demon, Columbia, DMZ
Website tboneburnett.com

I made a few records here and there by default, but I wasn't ever comfortable in that role. I wasn't comfortable on stage. We'll see how it goes this time.
T Bone Burnett
Almost everything The Beatles did was great, and it's hard to improve on. They were our Bach. The way to get around it may be to keep it as simple as possible.
T Bone Burnett
Everything around a writer, or musician in the record business, probably everything in all the United States or in all of western civilization, is about competition.
T Bone Burnett
I love loud music. I listen loud, and that's part of how I've learned how to do this. Record softly and play back loud and a whole other thing happens.
T Bone Burnett
I'm not going to get in to an argument with anyone about the relative merits of Judaism and Christianity, and what it means for a Jewish kid to be a Christian – I'm just not interested in that argument.
T Bone Burnett
I think we in the Alpha Band, which was a strange group anyway, weren't dealing with any of these issues. They sneaked up on us and took us over, before we know what was going on.
T Bone Burnett
But my point is these Civil War songs were gruesome. The hatred that's so bad in this country today, and for the past 10 or 15 years, bad as it is, is nothing compared to the kind of things people would write down and sing back in the Civil War.
T Bone Burnett
I want to write songs and play them for people - live.
In other words, I'd say the whole story of Bob Dylan is one man's search for God. The turns and the steps he takes to find God are his business. I think he went to a study group at the Vineyard, and it created a lot of excitement.
T Bone Burnett
You know, the thing that struck me about Civil War music was how bloody it was; it was full of hatred. There was incredible vitriol in it.
T Bone Burnett
It's also ironic that in the old days of tape and tape hiss and vinyl records and surface noise, we were always trying to get records louder and louder to overcome that.
T Bone Burnett
I've seen a study in the last year that digital sound actually induces stress in the listener.
T Bone Burnett
If it is true that we have a personal relationship with God, then that's enough for me.
T Bone Burnett
Still, records are documents of a period of time. Most records are documents of two or three years, and I just approached it as a record I was doing over a 20-year period of time.
T Bone Burnett
At different times in my life I met God from a different point of view.
My original idea was to produce and not make records myself.
I figured out early on what I wanted to do.
I got out of high school, bought a recording studio and started operating it as an engineer and a producer.
T Bone Burnett
I naturally wanted to be saved, so when I came home I told my mom I wanted to be confirmed. That's the way I related to it, being raised an Episcopalian. I went to Dallas and got confirmed.
T Bone Burnett
The record business is dangerous to the health of bands and individuals, which is something I'm just now learning. But it's not dangerous in any of the ways people think; it's not that they try to make you compromise your art. That's not the problem.
T Bone Burnett