T Bone Burnett plans all-star benefit concert

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T Bone Burnett will host “The Speaking Clock Revue”, multi-artist concert extravaganza that will take place over two nights in Boston and New York. Scheduled to take place on Saturday, October 16 at the Citi Wang Theatre, the Boston show will feature Elton John & Leon Russell, John Mellencamp, Elvis Costello, Gregg Allman, Ralph Stanley, Neko Case, Jeff Bridges, Punch Brothers, Karen Elson, The Secret Sisters and Jim James from My Morning Jacket. The concerts will be presented in a revue format with a house band consisting of the players featured on numerous Burnett-produced recordings.

Tickets for “The Speaking Clock Revue” will go on sale Monday, September 27 at noon through Ticketmaster and range in price from $45 to $125. All net proceeds from the show will be donated to The Participant Foundation to support music and arts education programming in public schools.

Burnett, a 10-tome Grammy Award winner, has recently collaborated with nearly all of the performers on “The Speaking Clock Revue”. The Union, from Elton John and Leon Russell was produced by Burnett and will be released October 17 on Decca Records. John Mellencamp’s new album No Better Than This was produced by Burnett, as was Elvis Costello’s most recent release, Secret, Profane & Sugarcane, and his forthcoming National Ransom. Gregg Allman’s first solo album since 1997 was produced by Burnett and will be released in early 2011. Music pioneer Ralph Stanley and Burnett have collaborated numerous times over the past decade, including their studio work on the “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” soundtrack and Stanley’s performances on the Burnett-produced tours, Down From The Mountain and The Great High Mountain.

Neko Case has previously performed with T Bone onstage, and has recently participated in two projects produced by Burnett: Jakob Dylan’s most recent album, Women & Country, and the forthcoming soundtrack to “Ghostbrothers Of Darkland County”, a play with music written by Stephen King and John Mellencamp. Burnett and Jeff Bridges collaborated on the film, “Crazy Heart”, which garnered numerous acting and music awards this year, including Oscars for both Bridges (Best Actor) and Burnett (Best Original song – with Ryan Bingham – for “The Weary Kind”). The Secret Sisters self-titled debut album, set for an October 5 release, was executive produced by Burnett. Both Punch Brothers and Karen Elson are two relatively new artists that Burnett admires, and felt they would make great additions to “The Speaking Clock Revue”.

In conceiving “The Speaking Clock Revue”, Burnett aims to bring to the live stage a musical event that conveys the excitement he and his fellow musicians experience when creating music in the recording studio. “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,” he explained in a press release. “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.”

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