T Bone Burnett Partners With Spirit Music Group to Develop New Artists

The acclaimed producer also signs an exclusive publishing deal with Spirit for past and future works.

T Bone Burnett, the producer-songwriter with stacks of Grammys for his work with Robert Plant and Alison Krauss as well as soundtracks for O Brother Where Art Thou? and Walk the Line, has entered into a joint venture with Spirit Music Group to sign and develop new artists.

As part of the deal, Burnett will mentor new songwriters and artists under Spirit Music Group, which will in turn handle global promotion, synch, licensing and administration services. Spirt will also now be handling the North America publishing for Burnett's own song catalog as well as his future works.

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Burnett is a 13-time Grammy winner who has worked with a who's who of greats including Elvis Costello, Bob Dylan, Leon RussellJohn Mellencamp, Tony Bennett, Betty Buckley, Elton John and B.B. King. He won all the awards for his work on the O Brother soundtrack and Plant/Krauss' Raising Sand, and has served as executive music producer on The Hunger Games and hit TV shows including True Detective and Nashville. His collaboration with Joel and Ethan Coen has yielded acclaimed soundscapes on The Big Lebowski and recently, Inside Llewyn Davis.

As an artist, Burnett has released numerous solo albums and was a member of Dylan's band during the Rolling Thunder Revue tour in the mid-1970s.

"With T Bone's creative vision combined with Spirit's song marketing/ publishing expertise, our ability to find and nurture exciting talent is something the entire team is excited about," said Spirit Music Group chairman David Renzer. "We are proud to work with T Bone, his prolific catalog of songs, and look forward to developing the best new talent through this partnership."

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Burnett commented: "I am happy to have David Renzer and his killer team at Spirit as allies as we go about discovering and, hopefully, affecting what the business of music looks like in the 21st Century."

Listen to "The Weary Kind," the Grammy and Oscar-winning song Burnett co-wrote for the film Crazy Heart.


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