Betty Buckley Working with T Bone Burnett on New Album GHOSTLIGHT; Release Set for this Fall
Betty Buckley's new album Ghostlight re-unites her with longtime friend and producer T Bone Burnett on the September 16 release by Palmetto Records. When Buckley and Burnett were both 19 years old, living in Fort Worth, TX, they began making music together. Buckley, who has been called "The Voice of Broadway," is one of theater's most respected and legendary leading ladies. Burnett's highly sought after involvement in music, film, TV and stage projects is marked by his uncanny ability to successfully combine his unique artistic sensibilities with massive commercial appeal. These two friends and talents created an atmosphere that takes us to another time and place.
"T Bone single-handedly changed the world of music and makes each project more perfect than the last," says Buckley. "The gift of this project is beyond my ability to even express; it is my dream record."
"All great art comes from the edge, not a place of comfort," commented Burnett. "Our vision was for a ghostly haunting sound, which I called 'crime jazz,' giving the project a timeless feel."
The title of the recording comes from the tradition in the theatre where, after the performance in the dark theatre, a lone light bulb is left on at night to keep the ghosts company. This light is called a ghost light. The recording of Ghostlight was made at the legendary Village Studios in Los Angeles.
Ghostlight will be available for sales as a commemorative limited art box which includes two separate vinyl records of the complete recording, a 24page booklet of photos and notes, as well as CD copies of the Ghostlight recording and "Bootleg: Boardmixes from the Road," the promo CD for Ghostlight. It will also be sold as a CD and booklet.
Betty Buckley is an actress/singer whose career spans theater, film, television and concert halls around the world. She most recently was inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame for 2012.
Buckley won a Tony Award for her performance as Grizabella, the Glamour Cat, in Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Cats." She received her second Tony Award nomination for Best Actress in a musical for her performance as Hesione in "Triumph of Love," and an Olivier Award nomination for her critically acclaimed interpretation of Norma Desmond in the London production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Sunset Boulevard," which she repeated to more rave reviews on Broadway. Her other Broadway credits include "1776," "Pippin," "Song and Dance," "The Mystery of Edwin Drood" and "Carrie."
She co-starred in M. Night Shyamalan's "The Happening" released in June 2008. Other films include her debut in Brian de Palma's screen version of Stephen King's "Carrie," Bruce Beresford's "Tender Mercies," Roman Polanski's "Frantic," Woody Allen's "Another Woman" and Lawrence Kasden's "Wyatt Earp."
On television, Buckley appeared in "The Pacific" for HBO and on the Kennedy Center Honors. She also starred for three seasons in the HBO series "Oz" and as Abby Bradford in the hit series "Eight Is Enough."
Buckley has recorded 16 CD's, among them "Bootleg: Boardmixes from the Road," "Quintessence," "Betty Buckley 1967" and the GRAMMY Nominated "Stars and the Moon, Betty Buckley Live at the Donmar." Her newest CD, "Ah, Men! The Boys of Broadway," was released by Palmetto Records in August 2012. She received her second GRAMMY Nomination for the audio book "The Diaries of Adam and Eve."
Most recently, Buckley received a Drama Desk Nomination for "Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play" for her performance this season in the World Premiere of Horton Foote's "The Old Friends" at the Signature Theatre in NYC.
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