“This film is about a time when there was a fight for the soul of the country and musicians were leading part of that fight — music by Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger and Jean Ritchie,” T-Bone Burnett tells Gold Derby about “Inside Llewyn Davis.” ” When Bob Dylan came along, so much energy was focused on Greenwich Village and these ideas of the American identity.”
Burnett’s job on the film was to revisit the classic folk tunes of the 1960s, reintroduce them to modern music lovers and to add a few new tunes. The combination, he hopes, helps to show us how the sound survives and is relevant today.
“Folk music is music that grows up out of the ground, sung by untrained voices, played by untrained musicians, written by untrained writers,” Burnett says. “It’s the music of the people. Hip hop is really folk music. Rap music has been around for a couple of centuries now. Now it’s taken the place of rock and roll in the culture, which had taken the place of folk music. So it’s really all in the same stream.”