But this six-time Academy Award nominee breaks the mold--his dark, bluesy country is captured in his full-length eponymous release, and it's good enough to make one forget about the celebrity of its source and just enjoy the music.
Bridges was born in 1949 to a family immersed in show business. His parents were actors, and as early as age 14, Bridges was on stage with his father. But even before that, Bridges had been developing a love and knack for music--and in 2009, after an already established acting career, audiences learned of this musical talent. "Crazy Heart", a film about a down-and-out country musician, featured Bridges in the lead role, prominently displaying his vocal talents. The role earned Bridges an Oscar and an audience, and the musical cast put together for "Crazy Heart" came together for Bridges' musical debut as well.
"Jeff Bridges" was produced by the legendary T Bone Burnett, and also includes singer Ryan Bingham and work from the late songwriter, Stephen Bruton. The album has been called a continuation of the Crazy Heart soundtrack--authentic, easy-going, and a little Southern Gothic. Bridges is the epitome of a cowboy poet in this release, adding just enough dark bass to make it not-so-typical country. Bridges' vocals draw comparisons to Bob Dylan, Neil Diamond, and Gordon Lightfoot by turn, and the overall feel is one of quiet, constant ambling--place to place, beat to beat.
Artist/SONG NAME/ALBUM NAME
MAYBE I MISSED THE POINT (Jeff Bridges)
TUMBLING VINE (Jeff Bridges)
WHAT A LITTLE BIT OF LOVE CAN DO (Jeff Bridges)
Recent Release: Jeff bridges
Release Date: August 16, 2011
Label: Blue Note
Band Origin: Montecito, CA