T-Bone Burnett has announced he is playing a handful of benefit concerts with his Speaking Clock Revue, which features Elton John & Leon Russell, Elvis Costello, John Mellencamp, Gregg Allman, Jeff Bridges, Ralph Stanley, Punch Brothers, My Morning Jacket’s Jim James, Neko Case, Karen Elson, and the Secret Sisters. The concerts will be presented in a revue format, with the artists performing material originally produced by Burnett.
The Speaking Clock Revue will be playing Boston’s Wang Center on October 16, and New York’s Beacon Theatre on the 20th. Tickets go on sale September 27. Neko Case is a guest at the Boston show, and will be replaced by Jim James in New York.
According to Burnett’s official website:
This edition of The Speaking Clock Revue is presented with Participant Media in conjunction with the release of the documentary film Waiting For “Superman”, from Academy Award-winning filmmaker Davis Guggenheim (An Inconvenient Truth, It Might Get Loud), which follows a handful of promising students through a U.S. public school system and offers hope by exploring innovative approaches by education reformers who refuse to leave their students behind. All net proceeds from these shows will be donated to The Participant Foundation to support music and arts education programming in public schools.
The Speaking Clock Revue is also playing Neil Young’s Bridge School Benefit on October 24. The line-up listed for that show is: T-Bone Burnett, Elton John & Leon Russell, Elvis Costello, Ralph Stanley, Neko Case and Jeff Bridges. Ticket information, and the finalized line-up, is available on the Bridge School website.
T-Bone has worked on many different projects, ranging from the soundtracks to Crazy Heart, O Brother Where Art Thou?, and Cold Mountain, to albums by Robert Plant & Alison Krauss, Los Lobos, and Willie Nelson.
Burnett toured with Bob Dylan’s Rolling Thunder Revue in the mid-1970s. On his website, Burnett said, “The privacy and the intimacy of the studio afford artists the freedom to create, but something thrilling happens in getting away from the machines and into the live communication of real time storytelling in the larger community. The first tour I went on, my first job in show business, was on The Rolling Thunder Revue, and I’ve come back to that type of collaborative and extraordinarily rewarding experience from time to time. We are looking forward with great anticipation to getting The Speaking Clock Revue up and running this fall and continuing it in the years to come.”
In addition to the Rolling Thunder Revue tours of 1975-6, Burnett appeared with Dylan on May 9, 1992 in San Jose. He also played with Dylan on May 1 and 2, 1986 during the Knocked Out Loaded sessions.
T-Bone has also worked with Jakob Dylan, both as a solo artist and with The Wallflowers, but the younger Dylan is not expected to participate in this revue.
Bob Dylan tracks were included in Burnett’s soundtracks for The Big Lebowski and The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood.
For more on T-Bone Burnett and the Speaking Clock Revue, please visit Burnett’s website.
You can hear Burnett performing with the Rolling Thunder Revue below.
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