A man whose music has made its mark in a number of Hollywood’s most beloved films will be the latest star on the St. Louis Walk of Fame.
Native St. Louisan T Bone Burnett, the recipient of 13 Grammy Awards, including five in 2001 for the hit soundtrack of “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” will be inducted to the St. Louis Walk of Fame on Tuesday, Sept. 19. Burnett and his wife, Academy Award-winning screenwriter Callie Khouri (“Thelma & Louise”), will be on-hand for the ceremony.
Burnett, who was born in St. Louis and grew up in Fort Worth, Texas, began making records in 1965. He toured in Bob Dylan’s Rolling Thunder Revue from 1975 to 76; and in 1980, he released “Truth Decay,” the first of several critically acclaimed solo albums. Burnett later concentrated on producing artists such as Elton John, Willie Nelson, Elvis Costello and B.B. King. In addition to “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” starring George Clooney, Burnett also produced and/wrote for box-office successes such as “Walk the Line,” “Cold Mountain,” and “Crazy Heart,” among others. He received the 2010 Academy Award as co-writer of Best Original Song, “The Weary Kind” from the “Crazy Heart” soundtrack. Whether his work involved film, television, recordings or live performance, Burnett has created authentic music for more than 50 years.
Festivities on the Delmar Loop (between The Pageant and Serendipity Gallery) kick-off with live entertainment from a four-piece ragtime band, followed by the induction at 11:30 a.m. The event is free and open to the public.
The St. Louis Walk of Fame currently includes 150 sets of stars and plaques, honoring great St. Louisans such as Tennessee Williams, Chuck Berry, Josephine Baker, Stan Musial, Tina Turner, John Goodman, Maya Angelou and others.