Monday, April 15, 2013

Jeff Bridges: The Dude Sings

I'm just going to come right out and say I've sort of had a thing for Jeff Bridges since I was a kid, and I'm not really sure why.  I don't remember seeing any of his movies when I was a kid.  I'm pretty sure the first movie of his I ever saw was The Big Lebowski.

I still remember the first time I saw The Big Lebowski (1998).  I had seen the trailer for it on TV and thought it looked funny.  For some reason I found the scene where Jeff Bridges' character, The Dude, crashes his car into a mailbox while Credence Clearwater Revival is blasting from his stereo hilarious.  I also found his bowling buddies (among them Jeff Goodman in a fabulous performance) reminiscent of guys I had gone to school with.  I'll put it this way:  If my guy friends hadn't gotten their act together I think some of them would be sitting in a bowling alley today discussing conspiracy theories. What does this have to do with music? Ummm, nothing...let's move on to music and Jeff Bridges actually singing....!

Crazy Heart.  Bridges won the Oscar for his performance in this movie.  I thought it was an "okay" movie, but nothing great.  I really liked the soundtrack though, and Bridges sings on several tracks, along with Ryan Bingham.  My favorite tracks on that cd are Somebody Else (a great one for when you're about to hit the road on a long trip), Fallin' and Flyin', and I Don't Know.  I'm not sure if Bridges was singing before this movie or if this movie awakened something for him, but he released a cd of his own last year titled Jeff Bridges.  Both the Crazy Heart soundtrack and Jeff Bridges' solo cd were produced by T Bone Burnett and you can definitely hear the influence.  I'll be honest and say when I first heard Jeff Bridges I wasn't overly impressed, but it's grown on me since.

Jeff Bridges and his band, The Abiders, play the Fox on Wednesday, April 17.

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