Lloyd Sachs - "T Bone Burnett: A Life in Pursuit" - with Steve Dawson, Kelly Hogan, and Nora O'Connor at The Hideout

Monday, October 10, 2016 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Lloyd Sachs discusses T Bone Burnett: A Life in Pursuit. He will be joined for a live performance by Steve Dawson, Kelly Hogan, and Nora O'Connor.

At the Hideout


About the book: T Bone Burnett is a unique, astonishingly prolific music producer, singer-songwriter, guitarist, and soundtrack visionary. Renowned as a studio maven with a Midas touch, Burnett is known for lifting artists to their greatest heights, as he did with Raising Sand, the multiple Grammy Award–winning album by Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, as well as acclaimed albums by Los Lobos, the Wallflowers, B. B. King, and Elvis Costello. Burnett virtually invented “Americana” with his hugely successful roots-based soundtrack for the Coen Brothers film, O Brother, Where Art Thou? Outspoken in his contempt for the entertainment industry, Burnett has nevertheless received many of its highest honors, including Grammy Awards and an Academy Award.

T Bone Burnett offers the first critical appreciation of Burnett’s wide-ranging contributions to American music, his passionate advocacy for analog sound, and the striking contradictions that define his maverick artistry. Lloyd Sachs highlights all the important aspects of Burnett’s musical pursuits, from his early days as a member of Bob Dylan’s Rolling Thunder Revue and his collaboration with the playwright Sam Shepard to the music he recently composed for the TV shows Nashville and True Detective and his production of the all-star album Lost on the River: The New Basement Tapes. Sachs also underscores Burnett’s brilliance as a singer-songwriter in his own right. Going well beyond the labels “legendary” or “visionary” that usually accompany his name, T Bone Burnett reveals how this consummate music maker has exerted a powerful influence on American music and culture across four decades.

About the author: Lloyd Sachs, former longtime jazz critic for the Chicago Sun-Times, has written about music for many publications including No Depression, where he was a senior editor; the Washington Post; Rolling Stone, the Los Angeles Times, DownBeat, the Village Voice and JazzTimes. He reviews crime fiction for the Chicago Tribune and a variety of fiction for Kirkus Reviews and is remembered as the voice of Sachs and the Cinema on WXRT.

About Steve Dawson: Steve Dawson long has been an unstoppable force on the Chicago scene, both as leader of the acclaimed band Dolly Varden and as a solo artist. A wide-ranging artist whose influences range from Merle Haggard to the Beatles to Van Morrison (hear his jazz-inflected group, Funeral Bonsai Wedding), he writes songs of stunning insight and personal depth. His Monday songbook sessions with Robbie Fulks are among the city's most anticipated sets.

About Kelly Hogan: Kelly Hogan is widely regarded as one of the great singers and song interpreters in and out of Americana. She is perhaps best known as what she calls a "backup singing ninja" for her work with such artists as Mavis Staples, Stephin Merritt and Neko Case (with whom she teamed on Jakob Dylan's T Bone Burnett-produced Women and Country). But her own albums, including I Like to Keep Myself in Pain, are coveted items.

About Nora O'Connor: Nora O'Connor has earned the loftiest of reputations singing with such groundbreaking artists as Iron and Wine, the Decemberists, Andrew Bird, the New Pornographers and the late Otis Clay. A longtime cohort of Kelly Hogan in such settings as the local supergroup the Flat Five, which has built a devoted following with its "twisted sunshine pop," O'Connor is prized as well for her bass and guitar playing. 

Event Location: 
The Hideout
1354 W Wabansia Ave
Chicago, IL 60642