'Crazy Heart' trio to sing at Spirit Awards on March 5
Jeff Bridges, T Bone Burnett and Ryan Bingham will make what may be their swan song appearance together in conjunction with the film “Crazy Heart” when they perform one of the movie’s songs at the 25h anniversary Spirit Awards ceremony on March 5 in Los Angeles.
Rather than singing the much-lauded theme “The Weary Kind,” the best-song Oscar-nominee that Bingham and Burnett wrote, the trio plans to offer up “Fallin’ and Flyin’,” written by the late Texas singer and songwriter Stephen Bruton, who oversaw the film’s music with producer and longtime friend Burnett. Bruton died of cancer shortly after completing work on the music.
Bridges is now gearing up to start filming Joel and Ethan Coen's new version of “True Grit,” and a spokeswoman for the actor said this may be the final public performance connected with his Academy Award-nominated role as down-and-out country singer Bad Blake. He'll discuss that role and others from his long career on Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. on film critic Elvis Mitchell’s program “The Treatment” on KCRW-FM (89.9). No music performances are planned for this year’s Oscar ceremony, which takes place March 7.
The Spirit Awards, which recognize achievement in independent film, will take place at the L.A. Live entertainment complex near Staples Center and will be telecast live over the IFC cable channel starting at 8 p.m. Pacific time.
-- Randy Lewis
Photo: Jeff Bridges and T Bone Burnett at a pre-Grammy Awards lunch reception in Los Angeles. Credit: Eddy Hartenstein/Los Angeles Times