“We’ve been touring this summer and this is what we came up with,” says Bridges. “The tunes have many sources – John Goodwin wrote a bunch, T Bone Burnett, Stephen Bruton, and Gary Nicholson wrote a few. We do a beautiful Tom Waits tune, a little Creedence, some Byrds, Townes Van Zandt; Greg Brown, I wrote a tune with T Bone that’s on there. The band sounds great. I’m digging it.”
Jeff Bridges & The Abiders are Jeff Bridges (vocals, guitar, keyboards), Chris Pelonis (guitar, keyboards, vocals), Bill Flores (pedal steel, guitar), Randy Tico (upright, electric bass), and Tom Lackner (drums, percussion). Live was recorded during concert performances at Red Rock Casino in Las Vegas earlier this summer. The 14-track album will include live recordings of songs from his debut album "Be Here Soon" and self-titled follow up on Blue Note Records, as well as original music from the critically-acclaimed film Crazy Heart and some of Bridges’ favorite chosen covers of The Byrds, Tom Waits and Creedence Clearwater Revival.
The album was produced and mixed by the band’s musical director Chris Pelonis and mastered by Kim Rosen (Franz Ferdinand, Dashboard Confessional) at Knack Mastering. Earlier this month the band wrapped a run of summer shows and their first east coast tour.
Following the release of Bridges’ self-titled album in 2011, the album debuted at #25 on the Billboard charts while also notching chart debuts on the Folk Albums #2, Top Rock Albums #5, and Top Country Albums #10 charts. Although previously releasing his debut album Be Here Soon in 2000, it was his portrayal of a grizzled former country music legend in the 2009 film Crazy Heart, an Academy Award-winning performance, that helped re-ignite his musical passions alongside Crazy Heart-collaborator, T Bone Burnett, an Academy Award-winning, multiple-Grammy Award-winning songwriter, musician, and producer.
Over the years, Bridges’ musical endeavors have led him to perform at Neil Young’s annual Bridge School Benefit concert, on the charity-single remake of "We Are the World", with his band on the Today Show, Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Austin City Limits, Live with Regis & Kelly, The Colbert Report, live sessions for Yahoo!, SiriusXM, AOL Music, and shows throughout the country. The band has been performing live across the U.S. from clubs to theatres to the famed Stagecoach country music festival. Fans will be able to catch Bridges performing and hosting, alongside co-host Sheryl Crow, during the upcoming primetime PBS special "Austin City Limits Celebrates 40 Years," set to air Friday, October 3rd at 9:00pm eastern.
Bridges’ latest film work, The Giver, is currently in theaters, with his next project, Seventh Son, slated to be released in early 2015.
Jeff Bridges & The Abiders Live is now available for pre-order online. Pre-order the album now at iTunes [https ://itunes.apple.com/us/album/live/id912589667] and instantly receive “Exception to the Rule”, the new, unreleased track.
JEFF BRIDGES & THE ABIDERS LIVE TRACK LISTING:
1) Blue Car
2) I Don’t Know
3) What A Little Bit of Love Can Do
4) Maybe I Missed The Point
5) Exception to the Rule
6) She Lay Her Whip Down
7) Lookin’ Out My Back Door (cover)
8) Slow Boat
9) Van Gogh In Hollywood
10) To Live Is To Fly (cover)
11) Fallin’ & Flyin’
12) Never Let You Go
13) So You Want To Be a Rock & Roll Star (cover)
14) Somebody Else
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