The Speaking Clock Revue

T Bone Burnett ToPremiere The Speaking Clock Revue
With Two October Multi-Artist Concerts inBoston and New York
To Benefit Music And Arts Education In Public Schools

Both Shows To Be Presented In Association With Participant Media
And Forthcoming Waiting For “Superman”
Documentary Film

     T BoneBurnett will premiere The Speaking ClockRevue – a multi-artist concert extravaganza –on October 16 at the Wang Center in Boston and October 20 at the Beacon Theaterin New York City.  Both evenings of the Revue will feature performances byElton John & Leon Russell, JohnMellencamp, Elvis Costello, Gregg Allman, Ralph Stanley, Jeff Bridges, Punch Brothers, Karen Elson, and newcomers TheSecret Sisters.  In addition, Neko Case and Jim James from My MorningJacket will join the lineup in Boston and New Yorkrespectively.

    The concerts will be presentedin a revue format with a house band consisting of the players featured onnumerous Burnett-produced recordings.  Tickets for The Speaking ClockRevue will go on sale Monday, September 27 at noon,through Ticketmaster (

    This edition of The SpeakingClock Revue is presented with Participant Media inconjunction with the release of the documentary film Waiting For “Superman”,from Academy Award-winning filmmaker DavisGuggenheim (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 byeducation reformers who refuse to leave their students behind.  All netproceeds from these shows will be donated to The Participant Foundation tosupport music and arts education programming in public schools.

    In conceiving The SpeakingClock Revue, Burnett aims to bring to the livestage a musical event that conveys the excitement he and his fellow musiciansexperience when creating music in the recording studio. “The privacy and the intimacy of the studio affordartists the freedom to create, but something thrilling happens in getting awayfrom the machines and into the live communication of real time storytelling inthe larger community.  The firsttour I went on, my first job in show business, was on The Rolling ThunderRevue, and I've come back to that type of collaborative and extraordinarilyrewarding experience from time to time.  We are looking forward with greatanticipation to getting The Speaking Clock Revue up and running this fall andcontinuing it in the years to come,” he said.


     Burnett’s decision to join with Participant Media to donate all netproceeds from the concerts to support music and arts education came after hesaw an early screening of  Waiting for” Superman”.  As he explains, “This film deals most powerfully with the troublingstate of public education in the United States, and offers solutions and theopportunity to be part of those solutions.  I am very grateful to themusicians who are giving so generously of their time and talents for theseshows, and for joining with the Participant Foundations to work for a betterworld.”

   “T-Bone has joined with an amazing lineupof musical artists who believe music and arts education should be available toevery student in America.”  said Jim Berk, CEO of Participant Media andthe Participant Foundation, “These two live events, inspired by Waiting for “Superman”,provide the chance for us to join together toinsure that this occurs”

    T Bone Burnett is a 10-time GrammyAward winner whose 40 years of experience in music and entertainment haveearned him an unparalleled reputation as a first-rate innovative artist,songwriter, producer, performer, concert producer, record company owner andartists’ advocate.

    Burnett has recentlycollaborated with nearly all of the performers on The Speaking Clock Revue.  The Union, from Elton Johnand Leon Russell was produced by Burnett and will be released October 17 onDecca Records.  John Mellencamp’s No Better Than This was produced by Burnett, in mono, and was the first such album in46 years to hit the Billboard Top 10 when it was released August 17 on RounderRecords.  Elvis Costello’s mostrecent album, Secret, Profane & Sugarcane,and his forthcoming National Ransom, both onConcord Records, were produced by Burnett.  Gregg Allman’s first solo album since 1997 was produced byBurnett and will be released in early 2011, also by Rounder Records.

    Music pioneer Ralph Stanley andBurnett have collaborated numerous times over the past decade, including theirstudio work on the O Brother, Where Art Thou?soundtrack and Stanley’s performances on the Burnett-produced tours, DownFrom The Mountain and The Great High Mountain.

    Neko Case has previously performed with T Bone onstage, and has recentlyparticipated in two projects produced by Burnett:  Jakob Dylan’s most recent album, Women & Country, and the forthcoming soundtrack to Ghostbrothers Of DarklandCounty, a play with music written by Stephen Kingand John Mellencamp. Burnett has long been an admirer of Jim James from MyMorning Jacket, and is looking forward to him joining the lineup for the NewYork show.

    Burnett and Jeff Bridgescollaborated on the film, Crazy Heart, whichgarnered numerous acting and music awards this year, including Oscars for bothBridges (Best Actor) and Burnett (Best Original song – with Ryan Bingham – for“The Weary Kind”).  

    The Secret Sisters self-titleddebut album, set for an October 5 release, was Executive Produced by Burnett andis being released on his newly created Beladroit imprint throughUniversal/Republic Records.

    Both Punch Brothers and Karen Elsonare two relatively new artists that Burnett admires, and felt they would makegreat additions to The Speaking Clock Revue. Progressive string band Punch Brothers released their second album, Antifogmatic, on Nonesuch Records in June, while singer/songwriter Elson released her debutalbum, The Ghost Who Walks, on Third ManRecords in May to great critical acclaim.

About Participant Media:

Participant Media is a Los Angeles-based entertainmentcompany that focuses on socially relevant, commercially viable feature films,documentaries and television, as well as publishing, digital media, live eventsand music.  Participant’s films include The Kite Runner, CharlieWilson’s War, , An Inconvenient Truth, Good Night and Good Luck., The Visitor,The Soloist, Food, Inc., The Cove, The Informant!, The Crazies, Oceans,Countdown to Zero, Waiting for “Superman” and FairGame.  The Participant Foundation exists tosupport programs which support a sustainable and peaceful world.  For more information, go to