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Twenty Twenty: The Essential T-Bone Burnett

Starting with Bob Dylan on the legendary Rolling Thunder Tour, T-Bone Burnett has blazed a path in most genres of American music. The wide swath covered by at least seven different record labels is finally pulled together on Twenty Twenty, and the 40 tracks present a smorgasbord of great songs. Burnett may not be a household name for his own unique music, but he has served as executive producer (and performer) on some of the most influential projects of the last 15 years, such as Roy Orbison's Black and White Night, and the soundtracks to O Brother, Where Art Thou and Walk the Line.

A master collaborator, with guests like Elvis Costello, Richard Thompson, Pete Townshend, David Hidalgo, Ry Cooder, and Norman Blake, he shares his talents with his peers. Bouncing from classic rock to Cajun, pure country to neo-classical and experimental music, Twenty Twenty is both a dream collection for the hardcore fan, and an excellent starting point for the new listener.

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