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T Bone Burnett to Executive Produce Epix's 'Tough Trade'

by Michael D. Ayers, posted Dec 2nd 2009 11:00AM
Veteran musician/producer T Bone Burnett is getting into the television game. According to a press release, recently launched cable network Epix announced that Burnett will serve as an executive producer for their original series 'Tough Trade.' Specifically, Burnett will lend his sharp ear and work as a music supervisor, as well as creator of original pieces for the show.

As previously reported, 'Tough Trade' promises to follow the exploits of a three generation, dysfunctional country music family. The plot is said to center around the family's last hope-the black sheep of the family, who was once a budding country star but is finding new success as an alt-rock heartthrob.Veteran musician/producer T Bone Burnett is getting into the television game.

According to a press release, recently launched cable network Epix announced yesterday that Burnett will serve as an executive producer on their first original series, 'Tough Trade.' Specifically, Burnett will lend his sharp ear and work as a music supervisor, as well as creator of original pieces for the show.

As previously reported, 'Tough Trade' will follow the exploits of a three-generation, dysfunctional country music family. The plot is said to center around the family's last hope: the black sheep, who was once a budding country star but is finding new success as an alt-rock heartthrob. Oscar nominee Sam Shepard will star in the series, along side Lucas Black and Cary Elwes.

The show is scheduled to air sometime during 2010. Currently, Epix is only offered to Verizon FIOS subscribers, which alienates a large percentage of television viewing households.

That said, this is certainly s a win-win situation for both parties involved. Burnett brings a wealth of country music knowledge to the table -- not to mention experience in the entertainment biz, having worked on the soundtrack to 'O Brother, Where Art Thou?,' which won him a Grammy for Album of the Year. He also received an Oscar nomination in 2004 for 'The Scarlet Tide,' a song featured in 'Cold Mountain.'

More recently, he's found success with artists Robert Plant and Alison Krauss.

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