Bug Music has renewed its longstanding relationship with songwriter, producer and recording artist T Bone Burnett via a new multi-year publishing administration agreement.
Under the renewal terms, Bug will continue representing Burnett's catalogue and future compositions. Bug has represented T Bone since the company's inception in 1975 -- a year that saw Burnett achieve his first wide recognition as a guitarist in Bob Dylan's Rolling Thunder Review band.
Bug Music CEO John Rudolph called Burnett a "cornerstone in the company's growth" over the last 35 years, according to a statement issued about the renewed administration deal.
In addition to being an artist, songwriter, producer, performer, concert producer, record company owner and artist advocate, Burnett's is sought-after for involvement in music, film, television and stage projects. Burnett received two Grammys this year for his work on the film "Crazy Heart," including a Best Song nod for "The Weary Kind" from which he co-wrote with Ryan Bingham. The song also won an Oscar last year.
Burnett, of course, received four Grammys in 2002 along with other awards for his work on the "O Brother Where Art Thou?" soundtrack.
Burnett received the President's Award during the Recording Academy Producers & Engineers Wing's 10th anniversary celebration last month, and used his acceptance speech to assail the music business for its "blind embrace of digital," adding that he considers "MP3s among the worst blights ever on Earth" and called upon the industry to "develop a new audio standard for the 21st century.