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T Bone Burnett, Callie Khouri to discuss music, film April 4

CHAPEL HILL - Grammy Award-winning producer, songwriter and musician T

Bone Burnett and Oscar Award-winning screenwriter and director Callie

Khouri will speak on April 4 at the University of North Carolina at

Chapel Hill.

Burnett and Khouri will discuss music and film in two free, consecutive

events in the Pleasants Family Assembly Room in Wilson Library.

Burnett, who won four Grammy Awards for composing and producing the

soundtrack, concert and best-selling albums for the film "O Brother

Where Art Thou," will lead a discussion at 11 a.m. on "Resonance: All

Instruments Are Drums."

Khouri, who won an Oscar with her screenwriting debut for the film

"Thelma and Louise," will discuss the film business at noon in her talk,

"Don't Get Me Started!"

Burnett's "O Brother" soundtrack album sold more than nine million

copies and dominated the Billboard chart for more than a year. He

co-produced the subsequent concert documentary and two highly successful

concert tours featuring the Southern traditional music and musicians of

the film.

Burnett won another Grammy for producing "A Wonderful World," the duet

album recorded by Tony Bennett and k.d. lang. He also composed and

produced the music for the films "Walk the Line," about Johnny Cash, and

"The Big Lebowski." He has produced recordings for Elvis Costello,

Alison Krauss, Roy Orbison, Sam Phillips, Ralph Stanley and Gillian


Born Joseph Henry Burnett in St. Louis, Burnett grew up in Forth Worth,

where he first made records in 1965. He produced Texas blues, country

and rock 'n' roll bands. In 1975, he traveled with Bob Dylan's Rolling

Thunder Review tour before forming his own group, the Alpha Band, with

other musicians from the tour.

Burnett recently released two new collections of his own music: "The

True False Identity," his first album of new original songs since 1992,

and "Twenty Twenty -

The Essential T Bone Burnett," a 40-song retrospective spanning his


Khouri galvanized women and sparked a nationwide debate in 1991 with the

release of "Thelma and Louise," a controversial female "buddy" film that

she says would never be made in today's Hollywood. Besides the Oscar,

she won the Best Original Screenplay Award from the Writers Guild of

America, a Golden Globe Award and a PEN Literary Award. Khouri also was

named among Glamour magazine's top 10 women of the year.

She made her directorial debut in 2002 with "Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya

Sisterhood," which she also adapted for the screen. She recently

finished directing her second feature film, "Mad Money," starring Diane

Keaton, Queen Latifah, Katie Holmes and Ted Danson.

Born in Texas and raised in Kentucky, Khouri studied drama at Purdue

University and the Lee Strasberg Institute in Los Angeles.

Burnett and Khouri's talks are sponsored by the College of Arts and

Sciences, the Center for the Study of the American South, the Writing

for the Screen and Stage Program and the Southern Folklife Collection.

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