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    Tue, 24 May 2011 11:25:58

    Jeff Bridges to Release Self-Titled Debut on August 16th Via Blue Note - The platter was recorded in Los Angeles and Brooklyn

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    • Leon Russell - PASADENA, CA - FEBRUARY 22: (L-R) Actor Forest Whitaker, winner of the Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture award for 'Lee Daniels' The Butler' and the NAACP Chairman's Award, NAACP Board of Directors Chairman Roslyn Brock, and NAACP Board of Directors Vice Chairman Leon Russell pose in the press room during the 45th NAACP Image Awards presented by TV One at Pasadena Civic Auditorium on February 22, 2014 in Pasadena, California.
    • Leon Russell - PASADENA, CA - FEBRUARY 22: (L-R) Actor Forest Whitaker, winner of the Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture award for 'Lee Daniels' The Butler' and the NAACP Chairman's Award, NAACP Board of Directors Chairman Roslyn Brock, and NAACP Board of Directors Vice Chairman Leon Russell pose in the press room during the 45th NAACP Image Awards presented by TV One at Pasadena Civic Auditorium on February 22, 2014 in Pasadena, California.
    • Leon Russell - PASADENA, CA - FEBRUARY 22: Actor Forest Whitaker, winner of the Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture award for 'Lee Daniels' The Butler' and the NAACP Chairman's Award (C), NAACP Board of Directors Chairman Roslyn Brock (R), and NAACP Board of Directors Vice Chairman Leon Russell (L) pose for a portrait during the 45th NAACP Image Awards presented by TV One at Pasadena Civic Auditorium on February 22, 2014 in Pasadena, California.

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    Jeff Bridges is officially a recording artist! Sure, he's an Oscar-winner for his portrayal of a grizzled former country music legend in the 2009 film Crazy Heart, but now, the actor, songwriter, and musician will release his self-titled major-label debut album on August 16th, 2011, on Blue Note Records. The album is being produced by Bridges' Crazy Heart collaborator, the multiple-Grammy Award-winning songwriter, musician and producer T-Bone Burnett. It is an organic extension and culmination of his personal, professional, and now musical friendship with Burnett, whom he has known for more than 30 years.

    Recorded in Los Angeles and Brooklyn, New York, Jeff Bridges features material by a host of world-class songwriters. However, the album also features several of Bridges' own compositions, including "Falling Short," "Tumbling Vine," I Will Wait" (which he wrote with Burnett and John Goodwin) and "Slow Boat" (which he wrote with Burnett and Thomas Cobb.)

    To perform the songs, Burnett assembled a number of his key repertory players, including keyboardist Keefus Ciancia, guitarist Mark Ribot, bassist Dennis Crouch, pedal-steel guitarist Russ Pahl, and drummer Jay Bellerose, as well as guest vocalists Rosanne Cash, Ryan Bingham, Sam Phillips and Benji Hughes.

    Bridges and Burnett, who is known for his work with Allison Krauss and Robert Plant, Elton John and Leon Russell, and the Grammy-winning soundtracks to O Brother, Where Art Thou?, and Walk the Line, met in 1980 when Kris Kristofferson introduced them during the filming of the motion picture Heaven's Gate. The relationship has continued over the years as Burnett selected the songs that appeared on the soundtrack to the 1998 classic The Big Lebowski, starring Bridges, as well as co-wrote several songs for the soundtrack to Crazy Heart, including "The Weary Kind," which earned Burnett his second Oscar nomination and first win for "Best Original Song," along with Bingham, who also took home an Oscar, a Golden Globe, and a Grammy Award for co-writing "The Weary Kind."

    The track-listing for Jeff Bridges is as follows:

    "What A Little Bit Of Love Can Do"
    "I Will Wait"
    "Falling Short"
    "Maybe I Missed The Point"
    "Tumbling Vine"
    "Nothing Yet"
    "Blue Car"
    "Slow Boat"
    "Either Way"
    "Everything But Love"
    "The Quest"

    Are you going to check out Jeff Bridges?

    —Amy Sciarretto
    05.24.11




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