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Jeff Bridges Reveals Album Cover

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Oscar-award winning star Jeff Bridges revealed the cover of his upcoming self-titled solo album, due out Aug. 16, and we’re jazzed to see that it includes his stunning Gretsch G6122-1959 Chet Atkins Country Gentleman guitar.

Head to the Boot to see the album’s track listing.


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Jeff Bridges & His Gretsch Featured in ‘Esquire’

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Jeff Bridges and the Gretsch G6122-1959 Chet Atkins Country Gentleman guitar he’s seen playing in his Academy-award winning Crazy Heart performance are featured in Esquire’s May issue.

The 61-year-old actor has apparently decided to take the year off from acting to concentrate on making music; he is collaborating on the country effort with producer T-Bone Burnett, who also oversaw the music for Crazy Heart, and plans to release an album on EMI’s Blue Note Records as early as August 2011.

According to the Esquire article, it was his preparation for the Bad Blake role, a drunk, washed-up country singer, that has inspired this return to music. (Bridges previously made a record in 2000 called Be Here Soon, an eclectic collection of folk, rock and soul tunes.)

“We’re here for such a short period of time,” he says. “Live like you’re already dead, man. Have a good time. Do your best. Let it all come ripping right through you.”

Bridges has apparently also remained partial to the axe he played in the movie.

“His beautiful guitar is there on its stand, in the middle of the floor, shining in the light,” notes Esquire. “It is one of a kind. It is a perfect, hand-distressed modern replica of the Gretsch Country custom-made for the legendary Chet Atkins in 1959, with its distinctive telltale “single cutaway” where the neck meets the body. An intricate, elaborate leather strap with silver buckles hangs from it; BAD, the strap reads, in big block letters.”

Read the Esquire article here.

His upcoming major label debut will include guest appearances by Rosanne Cash, Sam Phillips and Benjie Hughes.

Fans can probably expect to hear the new material on Thursday, Aug. 11, when he plays a benefit concert at the Buffalo Chip Campground during the annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. Proceeds will go to the Bob Woodruff Foundation.

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Gretsch Front and Center in Crazy Heart

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Jeff Bridges plays Bad Blake, a Gretsch G6122 1959 Chet Atkins Country Gentleman slinging guitarist.
Photo by Lorey Sebastian, courtesy of Fox Searchlight

Four-time Academy Award nominee Jeff Bridges stars as the richly comic, semi-tragic romantic anti-hero Bad Blake in the musical/drama film Crazy Heart from writer-director Scott Cooper. Bad Blake is a down-and-out country music singer/songwriter who tries to put his drinking and cheating ways behind him after starting a relationship with a young journalist, played by Maggie Gyllenhaal. As he searches for salvation, Blake learns the hard way just how tough life can be on one man’s crazy heart.

As seen in the photo and video package (right), Bridges––who says he’s been playing music since he was a kid––is often spotted onstage in the film with a Gretsch G6122 1959 Chet Atkins Country Gentleman guitar.

On it, Bridges performs songs from the film’s soundtrack, produced by T-Bone Burnett––the same mastermind behind the Grammy-award winning O Brother Where Art Thou soundtrack.

Burnett’s involvement with the project is what convinced Bridges to take a second look at the script.

“When T-Bone and I started talking, he was saying the songs that he was going to choose for me to sing would be songs that were right in my pocket,” Bridges said in a video clip located on the movie’s official website. “He wasn’t going to force me to sing something that I wouldn’t be able to sing or that we would have to get somebody else to sing. So the songs we were looking for were songs that we all thought I could do, that were in my range, and also, (that) we would write the majority of the songs based on the script and my character so they would come right out of the story. They were very organic to the tale we were telling.”

The movie’s theme song “The Weary Kind” (co-written by Burnett and Ryan Bingham) fits right into that category, and is currently in the running for an Oscar for best original song.

Crazy Heart has also received Academy Award nominations for best actor and best supporting actress. The movie opened in over 450 theaters last Friday to the tune of rave reviews.

Crazy Heart is blessed with so many marvelous moments, lovely lines and vivid characters. This is the finest, fullest work of Maggie Gyllenhaal’s career. And it revels in the glory of Jeff Bridges. A performance on a scale with the West’s wide open spaces.” – Joe Morgenstern, The Wall Street Journal

“A juicy, career-crowning role. Bridges – a master of subtle brilliance – plays the hell out of it.” – Rolling Stone

Crazy Heart will be featured at more than 100 additional theaters starting this Friday, Feb. 12.

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