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Jeff Bridges on World Cafe | September 15, 2011

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It's not often that a well known actor of the caliber and fame of Jeff Bridges successfully (commercially and critically) crosses into another medium. But the Academy Award winner breaks the mold with his music — dark, bluesy country. It's good enough to make one forget about the celebrity at its source and just enjoy the music.

Jeff Bridges, the actor's second album, was produced by the legendary T-Bone Burnett, and 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 here, 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.

Hear Bridges play songs off his eponymous record on today's World Cafe. (link)

Playlist

HOUR 1

Townes Van Zandt "Dead Flowers" The Big Lebowski Soundtrack
Local Natives "Warning Sign" Gorilla Manor
Typhoon "The Honest Truth" A New Kind Of House
Rodney Crowell "Telephone Road" The Houston Kid
Deer Tick "Miss K" Divine Providence
Jeff Bridges "Maybe I Missed The Point" Jeff Bridges
Jeff Bridges "Tumbling Vine" Jeff Bridges
Jeff Bridges "What A Little Bit Of Love Can Do" Jeff Bridges
The Head And The Heart "Lost In My Mind" The Head And The Heart
Broken Bells "The High Road" Broken Bells
Fitz & The Tantrums "Breakin' Up The Chains Of Love" Pickin' Up The Pieces
Todd Rundgren "Love Of The Common Man" Anthology

HOUR 2

Talking Heads "This Must Be The Place" Speaking In Tongues
Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears "I'm Broke" Tell Em What Your Name Is
Wynonie Harris "Good Rockin' Tonight" Blues Masters Vol. 5
Lionel Hampton & His Orchestra "Hey Ba-Ba-Re-Bop" The Roots Of Rock N Roll: 1946-1954
Walter Barnes "How Long How Long Blues" Jazz Mad Vol. 3: 1920's Jazz Sampler
Louis Jordan "I'm Gonna Move To The Outskirts Of Town" Louis Jordan & His Tympany Five
Johnny Ace "Pledging My Love" My Songs
James Brown & The Famous Flames "I'll Go Crazy" Please Please Please/Think
The War On Drugs "Baby Missles" Slave Ambient
Morphine "Buena" Cure For Pain
Kings Of Leon "Back Down South" Come Around Sundown
Stan Ridgway "Mexican Radio" Songs that Made This Country Great
Twin Sister "Bad Street" In Heaven