General Info Biography: Hailing from Fort Worth, TX, Leon Bridges didn't always take on the classic soul style that has risen him to critical acclaim. In fact, Leon originally found inspiration in more modern artists, such as Usher, but found his voice wasn't built for flashy runs. Instead, Leon began to partner his voice with a smooth soul sound. After test-driving his new sound regularly at open-mic nights (at the same place he worked as a dishwasher), Bridges began to attract attention. It was his track, "Lisa Sawyer", in particular that first began to make waves. Quickly, the signature 50's/60's soul styled-songs formed an entire album titled, "Coming Home". The album was an immense success, and Leon Bridges has since toured regularly and made various TV appearances, including performances of "River" and "Smooth Sailin'" on Saturday Night Live. Major Discography: Leon has only one full length release to date, Coming Home. Bridges also appears on the soundtrack for "Concussion", and released a deluxe version of his debut album which includes an additional 5 songs.
Sounds Like Genre: Gospel, Soul, RnB. Similar Artists: Sam Cooke, Otis Redding, Alabama Shakes Similar Bonnaroo Artists: Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats, Allen Stone
Suggested Listening Leon's entire first album is a great listen, front-to-back. However, if you find yourself wanting to skim, here are some good options (though, let's be honest, you're going to end up listening to the whole album on repeat anyway).
"Lisa Sawyer" - A track about Leon's mother's conversion. This was Leon's first song to catch attention.
"Better Man" - Live ACL Taping
Physical Reaction/Live Show Leon Bridges live will bring you an incredible amount of warmth. I had the pleasure of attending his ACL Live taping, and the talent of Leon and his band is incredible and the sound itself - infectious. His set at Roo is bound to leave all in attendance twistin & groovin'.
Personal Notes I couldn't be more excited to see Leon Bridges live again. As I've mentioned, his talent is truly rare. Proud to be from the same state as this incredible artist. He may be a typical get for festivals this year, but it won't make his set any less special.