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Jeff Bridges’ New Album Out This Summer

April 24, 2011

Only a year off his Oscar-winning performance as a washed-up country star in the movie “Crazy Heart,” actor Jeff Bridges is returning to the mic in his own skin, recording a full-length album to be released this Summer via Blue Note Records.

“The Dude” has apparently written some new material, while adding personal covers of songs by popular artists such as Tom Waits and Stephen Burton. Two guest collaborations have been confirmed for the album, including Rosanne Cash and Sam Phillips; Burnett’s ex-wife.

The album reunites Bridges with legendary songwriter and producer T-Bone Burnett, who previously contributed to “Crazy Heart” and “The Big Lebowski,” two of Bridges’ most notable films. Burnett won an Oscar for co-writing Crazy Heart song “The Weary Kind,” alongside Stephen Burton, while Bridges won the Oscar for Best Actor for his role as Otis “Bad” Blake.

Bridges' first album in over 10 years has kicked up a bit interest than his first go-around in 2000 with "Be Here Soon."

Strangely enough, the duo have been familiar friends for over 30 years; ample fellowship and chemistry that should produce a very interesting record.

Unbeknown to many (even his own Wikipedia page), Bridges previously released an album in 2000, entitled Be Here Soon. The album found little commercial success, although it’s still available for purchase.

No title or release date has been announced for the upcoming project.

With his second album, Bridges is proving once again why he is one of the most popular figures in celebrity today, offering up some bold, unapologetic craft and bridging any range of his audience’s age with counterculture style and mainstream charm.

I cheers a refreshing Sam Adams Summer Seasonal (complete with orange) to Bridges and a successful summer ahead.

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