One of the driving forces behind the Coen brothers’ magnificent Inside Llewyn Davis is the musical contribution of T Bone Burnett, their longtime collaborator who brought the O Brother Whereart Thou soundtrack to 8 million sold. Burnett’s desire to preserve and reveal American music from our past has lent Llewyn Davis what it needed: authenticity to the era, and the opportunity to celebrate it.
It wasn’t so surprising, then, for Joel and Ethan Coen’s first trip to the Telluride Film Festival they would be feted along with Mr. Burnett, who might be their third director this time around so integral is the music. The tribute this morning at the Chuck Jones theater would be in both Mr. Burnett and the Coens’ honor. They would feature clips from their collaborations (The Big Lebowski, O Brother, the Ladykillers and Inside Llewyn Davis) and then all would come on stage for a Q&A. But of course, since T Bone Burnett is involved, there had to be live music playing as the crowds spilled into the theater. That band, The Americans from Los Angeles, then sang their way to the stage and finished their set.
Where T Bone Burnett goes, beautiful music follows.