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Jeff Bridges Performs Private Concert at the Troubadour


Photo by Frank Micelotta

Actor Jeff Bridges premiered songs from his forthcoming eponymous album during an hour-plus set at the Troubadour in West Hollywood last night. Eleven-song album Jeff Bridges will be released Aug. 16.

Famed music producer Quincy Jones welcomed Bridges to the stage, noting that he chose a song written by the actor, “Lost in Place,” for the soundtrack of 1969 film John and Mary.

“I gave Jeff his first shot; I saw it coming,” said Jones, who referred to music as Bridges’ true calling.

Producer, musician and songwriter T-Bone Burnett was there to cheer on his good friend and musical collaborator. He and Bridges worked together on Crazy Heart, the 2009 film that earned Bridges a Best Actor Oscar for his portrayal of washed-up country star Otis “Bad” Blake. Burnett and singer Ryan Bingham also won an Oscar for the film’s theme song, “The Weary Kind.”

Bridges, backed by his four-piece band the Abiders, played “The Weary Kind” Tuesday night, along with “What a Little Bit of Love Can Do,” which serves double duty on the Crazy Heart soundtrack and as the opener for Bridges’ new album. The actor switched between acoustic and electric guitar, using the same G6122 1959 Chet Atkins Country Gentleman with BAD on the neck strap that he used in the film.

Bridges wrote or co-wrote four of the album’s 11 songs. Other contributing songwriters include Burnett, John Goodwin, Greg Brown, Robert “Bo” Ramsey and the late Stephen Bruton. Guest vocalists on Jeff Bridges include Bingham, Rosanne Cash, Sam Phillips and Benji Hughes.

Celebrities in the audience at the private concert included Jackson Browne, Olivia Wilde, Ryan Reynolds, and Bridges’ elder brother, Beau, who owned the first guitar Jeff ever played during childhood. A touching moment in the set came when Bridges dedicated a cover of Bob Dylan’s “The Man in Me” to his wife of 34 years, Susan.

Fred Gretsch greets Jeff Bridges during a meet & greet prior to the concert. Gretsch joined Blue Note and high-end speaker company Bowers & Wilkins as the evening’s sponsors.

Fred Gretsch with T-Bone Burnett.

T-Bone Burnett and Quincy Jones.

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Jeff Bridges & His Gretsch Featured in ‘Esquire’


Courtesy of Esquire/Perou

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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