T Bone Burnett Is Leaving ABC’s Nashville

Written by June 19th, 2013 at 11:41 am

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When Nashville – the ABC primetime soap about the lives of country pop stars and aspiring songwriters – came out, the pressure was on for a soundtrack that would connect with the masses while representing the titular city. And T Bone Burnett handled the responsibility exactly as you would expect the acclaimed musician and producer to. Curating a collection of covers and original songs and drawing from the local talent, the show produced two successful soundtrack albums that assured the music was just as much an attraction as the drama.

But Burnett is a busy man – a fact his wife Callie Khouri, creator and executive producer of the show, is quick to confirm – and has recently announced he will not be returning as executive music producer for Nashville‘s second season. Rumoured to replace him is Buddy Miller, whom The Tennessean reports was another key force behind the show’s sound. Either way, the pressure is back on for music to match — well, exceed really –  Nashville’s soapy scenarios.

“T Bone set the gold standard for the show,” said Khouri in an interview. “His commitment to the quality of the music, the sound for the characters and all of that was something that we were very lucky to get him for.”

  • Tim Ryland

    Uh oh. The music was the best part of the show early on, and from all I’ve read that had everything to do with T Bone. The songs seemed to get shorter shrift late in the season as the plot lines started to unravel. The show wouldn’t be as watchable without the great songs interspersed. It may be OK with Buddy Miller at the helm, but T Bone’s leaving isn’t good news.

  • Bruce Morgen

    The music will be in good hands with Buddy — IMO he’s got every bit as good a production ear as T-Bone and is an even better all-around musician with no discernible ego about his skills. Whatever happens, I’m confident the music will remain the saving grace of the increasingly soapy “Nashville” — but of course only time will tell us for sure.

  • Bean Counter

    If either T Bone or Callie, since she’s the creator and exec. producer, thought his leaving would in any way jeopardize the quality of the product, I think some kind of accommodation would be made for him to keep his fingers in the musical pie, so to speak. I’m confident that Buddy can maintain the high standards. The music in this show has really been stellar.

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