FINALLY, we’re in the air and moving towards San Antonio faster than a sneeze through a screen door. Good thing to, as after sitting idle on a runway for nearly three hours, the passengers are beginning to get ornery. Not even the packets of complimentary biscotti’s (I had eight) were enough to keep us happily subdued. Personally, I’m so hungry I’m beginning to look at other passengers the same way a starving wolf looks at sheep on a remote hillside pasture. So much gluten free. But, hey, we’re now hurtling towards Texas at 585 kph and a never-ending buffet of BBQ-ed protein, so I can see the char-grilled light at the end of the tunnel so to speak. Anyway, with that image of tasty BBQ in mind, I’m listening to appropriately named (and themed) ‘A Place at the Table‘ soundtrack by the Civil Wars and T-Bone Burnett.
‘A Place at the Table’ is a 2012 documentary film directed by Kristi Jacobson and Lori Silverbush, with appearances by Jeff Bridges, Raj Patel, and chef Tom Colicchio. The film, concerning hunger in the United States, was released theatrically in the United States on March 1, 2013. Am I glutton for punishment or what? So what makes this so Texas, you ask? Well, while the Civil Wars (a very cool band in their own forthright) may hail from Durham, North Carolina, T-Bone Burnett is most certainly Texan through and through.
In the music world (as in Texas) Burnett is a legend as big as the sky over Texas itself. He got his start as a touring guitarist in Bob Dylan’s band on the Rolling Thunder Revue. After the tour ended, Burnett and two other members of the backing band formed The Alpha Band, followed by his first solo album in 1980. Since then, he has established himself as a foremost soundtrack and record producer, having worked with the likes of Roy Orbison (a fellow Texan), Lisa Marie Presley, John Mellencamp, Los Lobos, Counting Crows, Elton John & Leon Russell, Elvis Costello and his wife Diana Krall, Natalie Merchant, The Wallflowers, Alison Krauss & Robert Plant and even Tony Bennett and k.d. lang. Shit, the list just goes on and on. Furthermore, he has earned more Academy Awards nominations (winning several in the process) than you can shake a stick at…a very big stick. Partnering up with the Civil wars for this 2013 release is simply the glaze on the baby back ribs if you ask me.